Nel­so­ni­ans weigh in to rub­bish de­bate

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING -

It could be time for Nel­son to re­think the way it deals with rub­bish, ac­cord­ing to on­line polls.

Af­ter Auck­land City Coun­cil opted to start food waste col­lec­tions, and in­tro­duce wheelie bins in legacy Manukau City Coun­cil areas, the ques­tion over Nel­son’s rub­bish col­lec­tion was put to the polls on Neigh­bourly.

Nearly 74 per cent of re­spon­dents said it was time for Nel­son to throw out the bags in favour of wheelie bins.

‘‘The main thing is to get them out in the morn­ing so roam­ing cats and dogs don't rip into them and strew rub­bish ev­ery­where overnight.’’

Jo Parkinson

Just over 26 per cent said they pre­ferred rub­bish bags.

Nel­son City Coun­cil rolled out new re­cy­cling bins at the end of last year, with 19,500 wheelie bins de­liv­ered to res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

These bins are used for plas­tics, cans, pa­per and card­board re­cy­cling and are col­lected fort­nightly along with sep­a­rate blue crates used for glass.

When it comes to food waste, or­gan­ics and gen­eral rub­bish, how­ever, blue bags adorn the kerb­sides of Nel­son.

It’s a user-pays sys­tem where bags are supplied by ei­ther Nel­mac or Can Plan. Res­i­dents can pur­chase bags from Nel­son City Coun­cil, su­per­mar­kets and dairies, and from Nel­mac and Can Plan di­rectly.

Wheelie bins are also avail­able for hire or pur­chase from both Can Plan or Nel­mac, again as a user-pay sys­tem.

But ac­cord­ing to the Neigh­bourly poll and ac­com­pa­ny­ing com­ments, some Nel­so­ni­ans are keen on a shift to more wheelie bins.

Many said the bags were too messy and of­ten ended up ripped, caus­ing rub­bish to be strewn along the foot­path.

How­ever, oth­ers said bags were eas­ier to carry, and bins were too ex­pen­sive and too big and heavy to han­dle.

Kay Wil­liams from Toi Toi said ‘‘Christchurch has got it right’’ and said it wouldn’t hurt if dis­pos­ing of rub­bish was also a ‘‘tad’’ cheaper.

Christchurch has a three-wheelie bin sys­tem with sep­a­rate coun­cil-is­sued bins for rub­bish, re­cy­cling, and or­gan­ics.

How­ever, Gary Michael from Stoke said he pre­ferred us­ing bags.

‘‘The bag fits nicely in­side our gal­vanised rub­bish bin...’’ he said.

‘‘Our son lives in Christchurch and I have seen the mess his bin gets into.’’

Sarah Barker from Mary­bank said she’d like to see a three-bin sys­tem like Christchurch had.

‘‘A green waste bin would be more of a pri­or­ity as a lot of this goes into the rub­bish bags or down the waste dis­posal...’’ she said.

Jo Parkinson from Toi Toi said she pre­ferred the bags as she had a steep drive­way and it was eas­ier to pop a bag into the boot.

‘‘I don’t have to get any­thing back up the hill,’’ she said.

‘‘The main thing is to get them out in the morn­ing so roam­ing cats and dogs don’t rip into them and strew rub­bish ev­ery­where overnight.’’

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