Re­cy­cling goes wheelie well

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Wheelie bins will re­place blue re­cy­cling crates in the Waipa¯ dis­trict from July 2019.

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil con­firmed the change this week after en­ter­ing into a new kerb­side re­cy­cling con­tract. Un­der the new con­tract re­cy­cling crates will be re­placed by two pur­pose­built wheelie bins for each house­hold — a smaller bin for glass col­lected monthly, and a larger bin for plas­tic, tins, cans, pa­per and card­board col­lected fort­nightly.

Wheelie bins will ser­vice both ru­ral and ur­ban house­holds, with po­ten­tial to ex­tend the ser­vice into com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial premises.

Coun­cil will of­fer a no-charge ser­vice for those res­i­dents un­able to phys­i­cally man­age the bins.

De­tails of that ser­vice are now be­ing worked through.

There is also a pos­si­bil­ity of re­cy­cling wheelie bins for com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial premises, but first Coun­cil would need to talk di­rectly to busi­nesses to see if they would be pre­pared to pay for the ser­vice as this is not cov­ered by house­hold rates.

Group man­ager — ser­vice de­liv­ery Barry Ber­gin says wheelie bins were al­ready suc­cess­fully used in most other parts of New Zealand and were con­sid­ered best prac­tice.

“Many Waipa¯ res­i­dents have been ask­ing for wheelie bins for some time and their in­tro­duc­tion was sig­nalled in Coun­cil’s waste man­age­ment strat­egy,” he says.

“Be­tween now and when the bins ar­rive next year, we will be putting a lot of ef­fort into com­mu­ni­cat­ing the change and how it will work. But I think most peo­ple will be pleased.” As part of the con­tract, a new re­cy­cling sort­ing cen­tre will be built in Te Awa­mutu, cre­at­ing be­tween seven and 10 new jobs. The sort­ing cen­tre will not be open to the pub­lic ini­tially, although this might change in the fu­ture.

The im­proved re­cy­cling ser­vice and in­tro­duc­tion of wheelie bins means the tar­geted re­cy­cling rate which funds the dis­trict-wide re­cy­cling ser­vice will in­crease.

The in­crease has been driven by the one-off cost of the wheelie bins plus the col­lapse of the in­ter­na­tional re­cy­cling mar­ket, given the de­ci­sion by China to no longer ac­cept New Zealand’s re­cy­cling.

“China’s de­ci­sion has driven costs up right around the coun­try, not just in Waipa¯ . That is sim­ply the re­al­ity and we have to deal with it,” says Barry.

“Where Waipa¯’s tar­geted re­cy­cling rate lands will be part of the dis­cus­sion dur­ing next year’s An­nual Plan process.”

The new re­cy­cling con­tract will have no im­pact on rub­bish col­lec­tion in the Waipa¯ dis­trict. Rub­bish col­lec­tion will con­tinue to be a pri­vate ser­vice of­fered to peo­ple on a user-pays ba­sis only. Rub­bish col­lec­tion is not man­aged by Coun­cil.

“Coun­cil will also con­tinue to put a strong em­pha­sis on com­mu­nity-based waste min­imi­sa­tion pro­grammes, cur­rently funded by the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment and run by Coun­cil staff,” says Barry.

“We will con­tinue to strongly en­cour­age peo­ple to min­imise their use of prod­ucts like plas­tic and to think about how to re­duce and re­use prod­ucts be­fore they even go into the re­cy­cling.”

More in­for­ma­tion about the new kerb­side re­cy­cling ser­vice is al­ready avail­able on Coun­cil’s web­site at­ieBins

Photo / Sup­plied

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil team leader Cedric Crow and 87-yearold Pa­tri­cia Daly take the new wheelie bins for a spin. The bins will be used for re­cy­cling through­out the dis­trict from July 2019.

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