User-pays waste scheme to be­gin

Waikato News - - Design, Build & Maintain/News - Ged Cann

The roll­out of a new re­cy­cling and refuse col­lec­tion scheme will be­gin on July 1 for most of the Waikato.

The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil (WRC) ini­tia­tive will shift to a user-pays stick­ers, with the same bag sys­tem in place but re­quir­ing a $1.50 pre­paid sticker dis­played on it.

WRC ser­vice de­liv­ery gen­eral man­ager Tim Harty said the stick­ers could be pur­chased from coun­cil of­fices and in the fu­ture from small and large re­tail­ers.

“Ev­ery­one will also be get­ting a new re­cy­cling bin in mid to late June. We don’t have an ex­act date be­cause it will take a while to roll those out,” he said.

Any refuse bags can be used, pro­vided they have a sticker.

“We’re hop­ing that $1.50 will drive thought when res­i­dents are putting that bag out on the curb. Is every­thing in the bag need­ing to go to land­fill or could I be re­cy­cling it?”

The new re­cy­cling crates will be sim­i­lar to those al­ready used else­where in the country.

Ar­eas in the north of the Waikato like Po­keno and Onewhero, which do not cur­rently get a re­cy­cling ser­vice, will be re­ceiv­ing re­cy­cling crates as well.

A pre­vi­ous bag sur­vey per­formed by the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil found that an av­er­age of 64 per cent of rub­bish cur­rently put in bags could ei­ther be com­posted or re­cy­cled.

The only ex­cep­tions to the new sys­tem are Raglan, which will con­tinue to use the same user-pays bags they al­ready have, and Tuakau which will keep its ex­ist­ing wheelie bins and move to a pay-per-lift ser­vice.

The move­ment to a user-pay sys­tem was orig­i­nally put out as part of the coun­cil’s Long Term Plan process, and fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion coun­cil de­cided to progress the scheme.

A new user-pays re­cy­cling and refuse scheme will be rolled out to the Waikato be­gin­ning July 1.

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