Op­po­si­tion to food scrap bins

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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.

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Eco­mat­ters chief ex­ec­u­tive Da­mon Birch­field says get­ting peo­ple to sep­a­rate food waste cor­rectly will be hard.

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