To col­lect, or not to col­lect

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The com­mu­nity of Pukekawa and parts of the Onewhero area will be de­cid­ing the na­ture of its refuse and re­cy­cling ser­vice this month.

Waikato District Coun­cil has sent let­ters to res­i­dents in Pukekawa and parts of the Onewhero area ask­ing them what ser­vice they would pre­fer when it comes to all things rub­bish.

The res­i­dent have been given op­tions to chose from:

A weekly kerb­side pre-paid stick­ered bag refuse col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing a weekly two-crate re­cy­cling col­lec­tion and an an­nual in­or­ganic refuse pick-up, funded by a tar­geted rate of $131.50 per dwelling;

A monthly drop-off ser­vice of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als only. This would be col­lected from Pukekawa Hall, Clark and Denize Rd and funded by a tar­geted rate of $40.24 per dwelling, or no ser­vice pro­vided at all. No ser­vice pro­vided.

The op­tion that re­ceives the ma­jor­ity of sup­port will be the ser­vice pro­vided to Pukekawa and the sur­round­ing area.

The coun­cil has con­sulted with the com­mu­nity twice prior, once in 2014 and again in 2015, to find out if they wanted a weekly refuse and re­cy­cling col­lec­tion. Both times there was no suf­fi­cient sup­port to of­fer the ser­vice.

But since 2015, En­vi­rowaste has closed its re­cy­cling drop-off ser­vice in Pukekohe and at­tempts to find a suit­able drop-off cen­tre in Tuakau this year have so far been un­suc­cess­ful.

Waikato District Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager ser­vice de­liv­ery, Tim Harty said: ‘‘The search for a

‘‘‘Con­sid­er­ing this, and the fact that peo­ple in Pukekawa and parts of Onewhero can­not drop off re­cy­cling in Pukekohe any more, it is an op­por­tune time to go out with one more con­sul­ta­tion round on this is­sue.’’

re­cy­cling drop-off cen­tre in Tuakau has proved prob­lem­atic and is on hold un­til fund­ing is se­cured through the Long Term Plan process.

‘‘Con­sid­er­ing this, and the fact that peo­ple in Pukekawa and parts of Onewhero can­not drop off re­cy­cling in Pukekohe any more, it is an op­por­tune time to go out with one more con­sul­ta­tion round on this is­sue.’’

Res­i­dents who have re­ceived a let­ter from the coun­cil have un­til June 2 to pro­vide their feed­back and, as part of the con­sul­ta­tion process, an in­for­ma­tion drop-in ses­sion will be held at Pukekawa Hall on Thurs­day, May 18 from 4pm7.30pm.

‘‘The op­tion with the ma­jor­ity of re­sponses will be the op­tion that goes ahead,’’ said Harty.

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