Green light given for new coloured bins

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Hamil­to­ni­ans are one step closer to get­ting their new kerb­side col­lec­tion ser­vice, with coun­cil ap­prov­ing the new level of ser­vice for the city.

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil will roll out its new wheeled bin and more re­cy­cling op­tions ser­vice from July 2020, which in­cludes re­plac­ing the cur­rent black bag col­lec­tion with sep­a­rate wheeled bins for rub­bish and re­cy­cling, a smaller sep­a­rate food waste col­lec­tion bin and us­ing the ex­ist­ing re­cy­cling crates for glass only.

Waste Min­imi­sa­tion Ad­vi­sor Char­lotte Cat­mur said the cur­rent re­cy­cling ser­vice, which was es­tab­lished in 2002, is no longer fit for pur­pose so the new ser­vice will be a ma­jor step for­ward for the city, align­ing it with other lead­ing coun­cils in New Zealand.

“The new ser­vice will pro­vide Hamil­ton with a rub­bish and re­cy­cling ser­vice that max­imises di­ver­sion while pro­vid­ing the great­est value to the ratepayer,” she said.

“It will also re­sult in cleaner streets from a re­duc­tion in lit­ter from the kerb­side col­lec­tion, meet the com­mu­nity’s ex­pec­ta­tions around re­cy­cling and in­crease the di­ver­sion of food waste to land­fill,” said Ms Cat­mur.

The four new bins will be colour coded — a red wheelie bin for gen­eral rub­bish, a yel­low one for plas­tic re­cy­clables, a smaller lime green bin for or­ganic waste and a light green crate for glass.

Card­board and pa­per will be dis­posed of in the yel­low re­cy­clables bin.

Coun­cil must ful­fil its con­tract with the cur­rent re­cy­cling ser­vice be­fore mov­ing to the new one in 2020.

Plas­tics 3-7 will also be col­lected un­der the new con­tract

In 2016 the coun­cil con­sulted with the com­mu­nity on what the kerb­side col­lec­tion should in­clude.

There were around 2800 writ­ten sub­mis­sions re­ceived with the ma­jor­ity in sup­port of the pro­posed new ser­vice.

As part of the new ser­vice there will be as­sisted col­lec­tions to help phys­i­cally im­paired or el­derly res­i­dents and spe­cial ser­vices for in­ten­sive hous­ing ar­eas that can­not be ser­viced ef­fec­tively through this kerb­side col­lec­tion ser­vice.

The new ser­vice is de­signed to in­crease Hamil­ton’s re­cy­cling rate from 29 per cent (by weight) to 50 per cent, which un­der cur­rent an­tic­i­pated growth lev­els would mean di­vert­ing more than 100,000 tonnes of waste from land­fill in the 10 years from 2020/21.

Photo / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

Waste Min­imi­sa­tion Ad­vi­sor Char­lotte Cat­mur with the four new bins that will be com­ing to Hamil­ton res­i­dents in 2020.

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