Wheelie bin at trial stage

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A sur­vey car­ried out re­cently by Labour MP Charles Chau­vel has given Tawa res­i­dents the wrong im­pres­sion that the Welling­ton City Coun­cil wheelie bin trial will be­come a cer­tainty, the Tawa Com­mu­nity Board chair­man, Robert Tredger, says.

Res­i­dents in Main Rd, Bell St, Red­wood Ave and Coates St will trial the new re­cy­cling sys­tem this month.

WCC will pro­vide house­holds with 140-litre wheelie bins for plas­tic, paper, cans and card­board. Glass will still be col­lected in green bins on al­ter­nate weeks and gen­eral rub­bish weekly in yel­low bags.

Mr Chau­vel, a list MP based in Ohariu and Labour’s spokesper­son for the en­vi­ron­ment, sent a let­ter and sur­vey to res­i­dents ask­ing for feed­back on WCC’s pro­posal.

He said Tawa had been se­lected as the first sub­urb to try the new re­cy­cling plan.

Mr Tredger says this is cre­at­ing con­fu­sion.

‘‘ It’s im­por­tant to clar­ify that this is only a trial at this stage, and only run in a hand­ful of streets,’’ he says.

‘‘The houses that said yes to the trial will prob­a­bly get their bins in Oc­to­ber and full im­ple­men­ta­tion, if suc­cess­ful, will be next year.’’

Mr Chau­vel con­ceded the new sys­tem was still be ap­proved. He says it is ‘‘po­ten­tially’’ a good scheme but wants the pub­lic to tell him what they think.

‘‘I’m also keen to hear how res­i­dents in Tawa think that lo­cal coun­cils in Welling­ton can en­hance our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘It’s an ideal time to get the views of lo­cals as to how best we can work to­gether on restor­ing and pro­tect­ing our nat­u­ral her­itage.’’

Con­tact him at tawa@ charleschau­vel.com.

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