Mixed re­sults as dump­ing con­tines

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

The sec­ond week of Up­per Hutt’s free re­cy­cling sta­tion has con­tin­ued to pro­vide mixed re­sults, at best.

With the three-days-a week fa­cil­ity closed on Sun­day and the Wai­tangi Day hol­i­day, Waste Man­age­ment con­trac­tors were needed early at Park St on Tues­day to clear away more piles of dumped ma­te­ri­als – mostly card­board – in the rain

The coun­cil high­lighted prob­lems in the first week with peo­ple leav­ing house­hold waste, paint tins and even rot­ting fruit along with card­board. This ap­pears to have con­tin­ued.

‘‘It’s get­ting plenty of use,’’ Mayor Wayne Guppy said again.

‘‘But over the week­end some­one had put a whole fence there. They just dumped it there.’’

The sta­tion’s ca­pac­ity has been pushed to the limit and the space in the cus­tomised con­tainer bin for card­board and paper is often full within a cou­ple of hours of open­ing.

Res­i­dents us­ing the fa­cil­ity on Thurs­day morn­ing were pos­i­tive about the ser­vice but dis­ap­pointed peo­ple were dump­ing items be­cause they had found it full.

They be­lieved more space, for paper and card­board es­pe­cially, was needed and the fa­cil­ity should open more than three days a week.

‘‘It’s ex­cel­lent it’s here of course, it’s well over­due,’’ Maorib­ank’s Peter Carr said. ’’I used to go to Kel­son to re­cy­cle.’’

Pine­haven’s Ralph Power was us­ing it for the first time. ’’I nor­mally go to the Nae­nae one ev­ery three weeks or so. I’m happy enough with the open­ing times but the main prob­lem for me is the size of the slots. They need to be wider.’’

Shirley Mol­loy was re­cy­cling again af­ter stop­ping the prac­tice when the coun­cil ended kerb­side col­lec­tion four years ago.

‘‘I’ve just been putting it out with my rub­bish. But I don’t think this is big enough and I can’t see the point in it not be­ing open all the time.’’

’’This is great,’’ Tren­tham’s An­nette Beal­ing said. ‘‘I’ve been go­ing to Kel­son. It’s a good lit­tle spot there but now we have some- where lo­cal. I just hope peo­ple use it and look af­ter it.’’

Josh Drake, gen­eral man­ager at Pan­head Cus­tom Ales, said he re­turned to Up­per Hutt af­ter work­ing in Christchurch to find there was no longer re­cy­cling.

‘‘I was amazed to find there were no bins avail­able. I’ve been go­ing to Seav­iew for my per­sonal re­cy­cling.’’

PHOTOS: COLIN WIL­LIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ

Josh Drake: ‘‘I was amazed to find there had no bins avail­able.’’

Peter Carr: ‘‘It’s ex­cel­lent it’s here of course.’’

An­nette Beal­ing. ‘‘I just hope peo­ple use it and look af­ter it.’’

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