Coun­cil­lor works to crack down on il­le­gal dump­ing

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS HARROWELL

A South Auck­land politi­cian is call­ing on Hous­ing NZ to help stop il­le­gal rub­bish dump­ing.

Ma­nurewa-Pa­pakura Ward coun­cil­lor Daniel New­man says over­crowd­ing at the agency’s prop­er­ties in Ma­nurewa and ‘‘poor man­age­ment’’ are com­pro­mis­ing the roll­out of wheelie rub­bish bins to lo­cal house­holds.

The Auck­land Coun­cil rub­bish bins came into force in the former Manukau City Coun­cil area on Septem­ber 4.

There’s no charge for the standard 120 litre bin, but peo­ple who think it will be too small for their needs can get a larger 240 litre bin for $55 a year.

Hous­ing NZ is pro­vid­ing the larger bins to all of its prop­er­ties in South Auck­land that have four or more bed­rooms.

New­man has writ­ten to the agency’s chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew McKen­zie say­ing rub­bish piles and il­le­gal dump­ing in some parts of his com­mu­nity are im­pact­ing on the coun­cil’s abil­ity to move from col­lect­ing bags to bins.

The prob­lem is worse in neigh­bour­hoods with a high con- cen­tra­tion of Hous­ing NZ prop­er­ties, he says.

‘‘Many Hous­ing NZ prop­er­ties in parts of my ward are over­crowded and res­i­dents are gen­er­at­ing far more than 120 litres of rub­bish each week.

‘‘I’m … in­formed that as many as 12 peo­ple are liv­ing in some Hous­ing NZ prop­er­ties, the ma­jor­ity of which are three­bed­room te­nan­cies.

‘‘Ex­ces­sive rub­bish pil­ing is symp­to­matic of a prob­lem that’s oc­cur­ring on a po­ten­tially large scale in parts of South Auck­land.’’

New­man is ask­ing McKen­zie to ex­tend the roll­out of 240 litre bins to all three-bed­room Hous­ing NZ prop­er­ties in Ma­nurewa.

He’s also writ­ten to coun­cil of­fi­cers about what he calls ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant’’ rub­bish dump­ing in Clen­don. Hous­ing NZ East and South Auck­land re­gional man- ager Karen Hitch­cock says it has a ‘‘good and lengthy work­ing re­la­tion­ship’’ with the coun­cil.

‘‘We reg­u­larly meet with coun­cil staff on a num­ber of mat­ters. We’re meet­ing with them to dis­cuss any concerns around rub­bish vol­umes and wheelie bins and work out how these may best be ad­dressed.’’

CHRIS HARROWELL

Ma­nurewa-Pa­pakura Ward coun­cil­lor Daniel New­man is work­ing to re­duce the amount of il­le­gally-dumped rub­bish in his com­mu­nity.

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