WASTE IN MATA­MATA-PI­AKO

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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

PHOTOS: REXINE HAWES

More peo­ple are mak­ing the shift to re­us­able bags in su­per­mar­kets, which New World check­out op­er­a­tor Ge­or­gia van den Broek shows.

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