Opposition to food scrap bins
Aucklanders who compost food scraps say they oppose having to pay for a service they don’t use under Auckland Council’s new waste collection roll out.
By 2020, Auckland will have a new kerbside rubbish collection system which will be part ratesfunded, part pre-paid.
Every household will be issued three bins. A recycling bin and food waste bin collection service will be rates-funded while general rubbish will be collected on a ‘‘pay as you throw’’ system.
Some members of the compost community felt the new system disadvantaged those already disposing of their food scraps through composting, because it meant many would be paying, through their rates, for a service they don’t use.
Hillsborough woman Mabel Mullarkey said households that do their own compost should get credit for not requiring the food scrap bin from council.
Rosetta Fuimaono said composters should not have to pay for a service they did not need.
Epsom resident Caroline Kwok said her household got rid of food scraps using a worm bin.
‘‘I don’t think that the new three bin rubbish collection service is fair to me.’’
Glendowie resident Tori Hollamby said, as a composter, the new system bothered her. ‘‘It does irk me a little bit.’’ However, it was not realistic to expect everyone in Auckland to compost, Hollamby said.
‘‘Even if the council were to give everyone compost bins instead, not everyone has the space anymore and badly managed compost attracts pests.’’
Ecomatters Environment Trust chief executive Damon Birchfield said there would always be council services that not everyone benefited from.
‘‘It’s not a perfect solution but you could make an argument it’s a step in the right direction,’’ Birchfield said.
Getting getting people to separate food waste correctly would be hard, he said.
WASTEMINZ chief executive Paul Evans said the benefits of the new system outweighed the negatives.
‘‘It is easy to look at this in isolation but as a system on the whole, I think this will work.
‘‘’’The number of people that actively compost is small,’’ Evans said.
The new three bin roll-out begins in Papakura next year.
Ecomatters chief executive Damon Birchfield says getting people to separate food waste correctly will be hard.