Recycling goes wheelie well
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 at www.waipadc.govt.nz/WheelieBins
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.