Waste plan to offer flexibility
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.