WASTE IN MATAMATA-PIAKO
Matamata-Piako District Council’s communications manager Eion Scott says council collected an average of 40 tonnes of waste per week from the kerbside and 60 tonnes from the transfer station.
In total, 100 tonnes of waste is going to landfill every week, not including waste collected for landfill by other companies.
‘‘More than 80 tonnes of recycling is collected at kerbside and from our transfer stations every week.
‘‘The amount of waste diverted from landfill has improved over the last five years from around 30 per cent of total waste collected by the council in 2012 to more than 45 per cent today.
‘‘There is still room for improvement. As the district grows the total going to landfill is still increasing.’’
He said council consulted with the community with over 10 ideas for reducing waste.
These included working with community groups to establish a resource recycling centre, increasing support for educational programmes and other sustainability initiatives, changing the rubbish bag system, or revisiting the viability of rural recycling services.
‘‘We will be reporting the community’s feedback to council for consideration as part of the next 10 year plan.’’ the group supports restrictions or bans on the sale of single-use plastic bags.
He believes if the choice is taken away, people will find a more environmentally alternative.
‘‘In some places, the charge is up to 10 cents per bag which reduces their use. In other more enlightening areas, there is an outright ban.
‘‘In communities with bans, people adjust quickly and get on with things.
‘‘Negative impacts on the environment are significant and eminently worth addressing.’’
According to Greener Ideal, every time you use a plastic bag to carry goods, you contribute to an estimated 500 million to 1 billion used globally.
It also said while plastic bags eventually break down into the soil, animals often eat and choke
More people are making the shift to reusable bags in supermarkets, which New World checkout operator Georgia van den Broek shows.