Mixed results as dumping contines
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.’’
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.’’