Most say ‘yes’ to waste plan

Piako Post - - FRONT PAGE - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Peo­ple have thrown their weight be­hind a plan for the Mata­mataPi­ako to up its game in waste min­imi­sa­tion over the next decade.

It in­cluded sup­port to spend $1.8m to im­prove the district’s three trans­fer sta­tions in the cen­tral Waikato, in­creas­ing fees for the sta­tions, in­tro­duc­ing a user­pays rub­bish bag sys­tem and form­ing a waste min­imi­sa­tion plan with two other neigh­bour­ing coun­cils.

Waste min­imi­sa­tion was the topic which piqued the in­ter­est of most peo­ple who made sub­mis­sions to the Mata­mataPi­ako District Coun­cil’s 10-year plan.

A coun­cil hear­ings com­mit­tee will meet on May 16 to con­sider 220 sub­mis­sions.

Of those, 168 peo­ple sub­mit­ted to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity sec­tion. Most, that’s 98 sub­mit­ters, or 60 per cent said ‘‘yes’’ to the coun­cil’s wish to in­crease ef­forts in this area.

Those who said ‘‘no’’ num­bered 45, or 28 per cent, and there was 20 sub­mit­ters or 12 per cent who listed ‘‘other’’ as their choice.

Peo­ple who sup­ported the move wanted more re­cy­cling op­tions in the district’s three towns, more ed­u­ca­tion around e-waste and green­waste col­lec­tions. They also wanted the coun­cil to tidy up trans­fer sta­tions.

Those who listed ‘‘no’’ be­lieved in­creased trans­fer sta­tion fees would prompt peo­ple to dump more rub­bish il­le­gally.

They wanted more wheely bins in­stead of rub­bish bags and more fo­cus on soft re­cy­cling or green­waste col­lec­tions.

Peo­ple who listed ‘‘other’’ as their choice were also wor­ried about in­creased fees, ru­ral prop­er­ties should pay less for waste man­age­ment and there should be more ed­u­ca­tion around ini­tia­tives such as worm farms.

The coun­cil planned to in­crease trans­fer sta­tion fees to gen­er­ate an ad­di­tional $100,000 to help cover costs and en­cour­age peo­ple to re­duce their waste. The ser­vice was cur­rently sub­sidised by a gen­eral rate.

It had set aside $1.8m to im­prove ser­vices at the trans­fer sta­tions, $600,000 per site.

The coun­cil also planned to sell rub­bish bags through re­tail­ers and at the coun­cil, for $2 each, rather than charge a tar­get rate to sup­ply bags to each prop­erty.

A joint waste min­imi­sa­tion plan with Thames-Coro­man­del and Hau­raki district coun­cils was also in the pipeline.

There were five other sec­tions in the long-term plan, cov­er­ing fi­nan­cials, in­fra­struc­ture, cul­tural val­ues, eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Of the 220 sub­mis­sions, about 37 would be pre­sented in per­son to the hear­ing.

Of the 220 sub­mis­sions, most came from peo­ple in the Mata­mata ward, that’s 75 or 34 per cent. There were 47 sub­mis­sions, 21 per cent, made from the Te Aroha ward and 36, or 17 per cent, from the Mor­rinsville ward.

Most sub­mis­sions, 112 or 51 per cent, were sent in via a coun­cil form. A to­tal of 85 sub­mis­sions, or 39 per cent, were made via web­site and 23 or 10 per cent, were made by let­ter, email or hard copy.

Ratepay­ers made up the big­gest group of peo­ple who sub­mit­ted, 143 or 65 per cent. Non­ratepay­ers num­bered 16, or 7 per cent and ‘‘not spec­i­fied’’ num­bered 61, or 28 per cent.

When it came to look­ing at the age of those who sub­mit­ted, the 66+ group was the largest. They made 77 sub­mis­sions, or 35 per cent of the to­tal. The sec­ond largest age group was 51-65, who col­lec­tively made 44 sub­mis­sions, or 20 per cent of the to­tal.

At the other end of the scale, just four sub­mis­sions were made by peo­ple un­der the age of 25, that’s 2 per cent of the to­tal and only 13 were made by peo­ple aged 25-35, 13 per cent.

Most of the sub­mit­ters in­di­cated they lived in an ur­ban area, 120 or 54 per cent, while the ru­ral sub­mit­ters num­bered 54, 25 per cent. A to­tal of 46 sub­mit­ters, or 21 per cent in­di­cated ‘‘other’’.

Burglaries: Res­i­den­tial dwelling en­tered but noth­ing taken as of­fender was dis­turbed. At­tempted to ac­cess a res­i­den­tial dwelling but of­fend­ers were dis­turbed. Po­lice ar­rested a 46-year-old man for re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty and pos­ses­sion of cannabis

A 32-year-old man was ar­rested for breach­ing court bail con­di­tions.

A woman in her 70s fought off a trio of rob­bers in Hamil­ton and went home to Mor­rinsville to make a po­lice re­port. The rob­bery was re­ported at 1.30pm on Fri­day but hap­pened around an hour ear­lier, Se­nior Sergeant Si­mon Cherry said. The woman, de­scribed in the po­lice file as be­ing 70-plus, was in Claude­lands when three men de­manded her wal­let. The woman fought them off, us­ing her keys to scratch one of the men on the face. How­ever, it ap­peared they did take the wal­let, which had cash and cards in­side, he said.

KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Bal­lance Agri-Nu­tri­ents staff Grant Gil­lard, Paul Alsemgeest and Hay­den Joyce clean­ing up road­side rub­bish on Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Rd in 2017. The Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil wants a big­ger fo­cus on waste min­imi­sa­tion ini­tia­tives.

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