Waste plan to of­fer flex­i­bil­ity

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

Rub­bish bag or wheelie bin? You may still get to de­cide.

Fol­low­ing thor­ough com­mu­nity en­gage­ment the Waimakariri Dis­trict Coun­cil looks set to im­ple­ment a three-bin sys­tem, which was the stand-out favoured op­tion in the con­sul­ta­tion.

On Thurs­day a hearings panel rec­om­mended the three-bin with opt out op­tion be in­cluded in the Waste Man­age­ment Min­imi­sa­tion Plan, and that coun­cil set waste di­ver­sion tar­gets based on that level of ser­vice. The rec­om­men­da­tion came af­ter the panel heard from 15 of the 3148 sub­mit­ters.

The new plan would re­tain the ex­ist­ing re­cy­cling bin and see the cur­rent rub­bish bags re­placed with bins, both of which would be col­lected. An or­gan­ics bin would also be col­lected. How­ever ratepay­ers could also opt out and re­tain the rub­bish bags, which would be col­lected fort­nightly in line with the bins. Those opt­ing for the sta­tus quo would be re­spon­si­ble for their own or­gan­ics.

Two thirds of those who took part in the sur­vey voted for the three-bin sys­tem: one bin for gen­eral waste, one for re­cy­cling, and the op­tion of a third for or­ganic waste. The sta­tus quo, the fort­nightly re­cy­cling col­lec­tion and WDC rub­bish bags, was voted for by 22 per cent.

The coun­cil is due to con­sider the rec­om­men­da­tion at its meet­ing on Novem­ber 7.

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