CONCERN OVER KERBSIDE PICK-UP
There is serious concern about proposals to provide kerbside waste pick-up services in Manawatu rural areas and to close Mobile Recycling Centres currently available in villages. The council’s attempts to obtain property owners’ opinions of these aspects of its Draft Plan has had little success, since there has been no simple access to rural property owners because of limited mail service (this access difficulty has also been cited as a potential factor in limiting waste pick-up).
Opponents of the concept have suggested that property-owner-weekenders and casual holidaymakers would not wish to schedule waste collection requirements into their enterprises.
They point to the practicality of the region’s existing MRCs (Mobile Recycling Centres), providing ‘always ready’ waste disposal depots. Himatangi Beach users tell us their MRC also provides a secondary social resource, with over-the-bin conversations giving folks an opportunity to share valued community information.
The planners’ proposals have trickled down belatedly to some rural residents; most are unable to obtain information or meet time limits specified.
The inadequacies of the proposals are evident, suggesting a failure to comprehend residents’ established commitments or to recognise the value of existing recycling centres to rural/ holiday-making communities.
Weekly kerbside waste collection is unsuited to communities where diverse interests and transient elements need to be served.
If anything, we should be giving existing services additional support and supplementing ongoing policies to ensure fewer excuses can be made to absolve those (residents or visitors) who dump waste around our beautiful countryside.
Gordon McShean, Himatangi Beach