Ratepayer an­gry over aban­doned re­cy­cling

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Toko­roa res­i­dent Barry Moyle was left fum­ing last week when his re­cy­cling was not picked up.

Mr Moyle, a Toko­roa res­i­dent of 50 years, left his re­cy­cling out­side his prop­erty and neatly and ap­pro­pri­ately stored in in­di­vid­ual con­tain­ers, but the items were left be­hind.

Mr Moyle has raised his con­cerns with South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil and was told to put his is­sues in writ­ing.

‘‘It should be picked up, that is what I pay my rates on,’’ he said.

The most re­cent in­ci­dent oc­curred last week when two boxes of bot­tles, news­pa­pers and a sack of plas­tic bags were not picked up.

‘‘What they should have done is make the bins twice the size,’’ Mr Moyle said. ‘‘What is go­ing to hap­pen around Christ­mas time when these is go­ing to be a lot of empty boxes and bot­tles.’’

‘‘It does not add up. The bins are not big enough for fam­i­lies ei­ther, more and more are go­ing to com­plain,’’ he said.

The con­tract is cur­rently held by Metal­lic Sweep­ing Ltd, who de­liver the re­cy­cling to South Waikato Achieve­ment Cen­tre, an es­tab­lish­ment that pre­vi­ously held the con­tract.

‘‘They (South Waikato Achieve­ment Cen­tre) would take the whole lot. The achieve­ment cen­tre came by and picked it all up.’’

Mr Moyle added: ‘‘They picked up ev­ery­thing. It is a right stuff up. Coun­cil is mak­ing their changes but they are go­ing about it the wrong way. You are get­ting kicked up the back­side for do­ing the right thing.’’

Coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager Kerry Fabrie said talks were be­ing held with Metal­lic Sweep­ing Ltd to dis­cuss the is­sues that res­i­dents have raised.

‘‘Coun­cil ap­pre­ci­ates that some peo­ple in the community are frus­trated, we are dis­cussing the mat­ter with the new con­trac­tor.’’

Ms Fabrie was asked what al­ter­na­tives were avail­able for ratepay­ers who were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sim­i­lar is­sues. ‘‘We can’t an­swer this one un­til af­ter the meet­ing and de­ci­sions have been made. Coun­cil (and through con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions) needs to de­cide if of­fi­cial re­cy­cling crates only will be col­lected or if other crates are ac­cept­able too. It is per­haps help­ful to men­tion that peo­ple do need to flat­ten boxes and plas­tic bot­tles. We have seen nu­mer­ous crates where this is not hap­pen­ing.’’

DIS­GRUN­TLED: Toko­roa res­i­dent Barry Moyle with the re­cy­cling that was not picked up last week.

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