Most say ‘yes’ to waste plan
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.
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.