DIY recycling for rural residents
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.