FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

If there is one thing that gets peo­ple talk­ing, it’s rub­bish.

The Auck­land Coun­cil rolled out a new rub­bish sys­tem in west Auck­land this week and its caused heated de­bate on so­cial me­dia.

The strug­gle for many house­holds, like my own, is it will take a few weeks to fill the 140 litre bin. In the heat of sum­mer, what smell will be com­ing from that bin?

Cur­rently we use an air­tight bin to store our rub­bish. The new bins are not air-tight so I worry about fly in­fes­ta­tions.

I’m all for the new bin sys­tem as a way to cut down on plas­tic bag use. But my freezer is too small to store bones and food scraps, as the Auck­land Coun­cil has sug­gested.

Christchurch has a three-bin sys­tem. Res­i­dents can chose be­tween an 80l, 140l or 240l bin. Auck­land Coun­cil will pro­vide a smaller bin op­tion in 2018 but are yet to con­firm whether the 80l bin will come with a cheaper pre-paid tag. The cur­rent tag costs $3.80.

For strug­gling fam­i­lies, this cost can re­ally add up.

Marika Hill, news di­rec­tor

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