DIY re­cy­cling for ru­ral res­i­dents

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Ru­ral ratepay­ers will have to pay $60 for a district-wide uni­form rate charge but their re­cy­cling will not be col­lected.

This is ac­cord­ing to South Waikato District Coun­cil’s draft Waste Man­age­ment and Min­imi­sa­tion Plan, which is open for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Coun­cil is propos­ing a num­ber of changes to the sys­tems cur­rently be­ing used.

Coun­cil group man­ager as­sets Roger Fisher said it is pro­posed that all ratepay­ers (ur­ban and ru­ral) pay a re­cy­cling charge.

‘‘Ru­ral ratepay­ers cur­rently use the re­cy­cling drop off zones which are funded by the ur­ban ratepayer. Ru­ral ratepay­ers will not have their re­cy­cling col­lected from their prop­erty. We have in­ves­ti­gated the cost of a ru­ral col­lec­tion ser­vice and, given the dis­tances the ser­vice would need to cover, it’s not af­ford­able.’’

He added that coun­cil will work with ru­ral res­i­dents to pro­vide fur­ther drop off fa­cil­i­ties in ru­ral ar­eas.

While ru­ral ratepay­ers will pay the $ 60 and not have their re­cy­cling col­lected, Mr Fisher said the pro­posed charge will be levied on all ratepay­ers as part of the district’s need to min­imise waste.

‘‘The costs as­so­ci­ated with ru­ral re­cy­cling in­clude sup­ply­ing and main­tain­ing a con­tainer in the ru­ral area, the trip to the ru­ral area for the col­lec­tion of the re­cy­cling prod­uct and the sort­ing of the prod­uct.’’

He also said there is an additional cost to main­tain­ing a ru­ral drop off site due to in­con­sid­er­ate peo­ple who use it to dis­pose of rub­bish.

The ur­ban and ru­ral drop off cen­tres are open all the time. Ur­ban re­cy­cling sta­tions are lo­cated in De­pot Street, Ti­rau; Pu­taruru Trans­fer Sta­tion, SH1, Pu­taruru; Toko­roa Land­fill and Dreghorn Carpark in Toko­roa.

‘‘ We cur­rently have a ru­ral re­cy­cling sta­tion at Te Waotu. We are happy to in­ves­ti­gate de­vel­op­ing additional re­cy­cling sta­tions in the ru­ral area. Should additional sta­tions be de­vel­oped, there would not be an additional charge.’’

NO PICK UP: Ru­ral ratepay­ers’ waste will not be picked up.

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