New wheelie rub­bish bins rolling out


Most South Auck­lan­ders are get­ting the hang of a ma­jor change to rub­bish dis­posal meth­ods.

Auck­land Coun­cil waste plan­ning man­ager Parul Sood es­ti­mates about 10 per cent of house­holds in the for­mer Manukau City Coun­cil area put rub­bish bags out for col­lec­tion af­ter the new wheelie rub­bish bins came into force on Septem­ber 4.

‘‘We were quite im­pressed that peo­ple un­der­stand what we are try­ing to do. We stick­ered the bags that were put out [af­ter Septem­ber 4] so peo­ple are aware they need to put them in the bin.’’

All South Auck­land house­holds should have re­ceived a redlid­ded 120 litre wheelie rub­bish bin, which re­places the weekly black rub­bish bag col­lec­tion.

There’s no charge for the bin, but peo­ple who think it will be too small for their needs can get a larger 240 litre bin for $55 a year. Sood says the coun­cil has com­mu­ni­cated the change to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

‘‘We have al­ready sent let­ters to ratepay­ers, but not ev­ery­one is a ratepayer, so we also did a flyer to house­holds in dif­fer­ent lan­guages.’’

One Ma¯ngere res­i­dent, who wants to be iden­ti­fied only as Heather, says she was sur­prised when her rub­bish bag wasn’t col­lected on Septem­ber 4. She says she put it out the night be­fore but it wasn’t taken away the next day.

‘‘I read the no­tice from the coun­cil but was a bit con­fused if we were the last day of bag col­lec­tion or the first day of bin col­lec­tion and it just wasn’t picked up.’’

Heather says her house­hold re­ceived a flyer from the coun­cil pub­li­cis­ing the new rub­bish bins.

‘‘They prob­a­bly did com­mu­ni­cate the change ef­fec­tively and we prob­a­bly didn’t read it closely enough.

‘‘I thought it would be nice if they al­lowed a week to tran­si­tion [to bins]. They could have in­cluded the mes­sage that they won’t pick up the bags [af­ter Septem­ber 4].’’

One of the fly­ers sent to South Auck­land house­holds states: ‘‘From Mon­day 4th Septem­ber we’ll be start­ing bin col­lec­tions. Auck­land Coun­cil will no longer col­lect rub­bish bags af­ter Fri­day 1st Septem­ber.

‘‘To make sure your rub­bish is picked up, put it in your bin and place the bin on your kerb by 7am on your usual col­lec­tion day.’’

* Phone 301 0101 or 0800 4684 3246 to re­port il­le­gal rub­bish dump­ing or get ad­vice on how to re­duce your fam­ily’s house­hold waste.

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