Rub­bish barge will be back

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A mo­bile sum­mer rub­bish barge will be back on the wa­ter in the Bay of Is­lands again from De­cem­ber 28, and boat­ies will be urged to use it.

The manned barge, which has be­come a fa­mil­iar site in the Bay over the sum­mer hol­i­day sea­son, is a joint ven­ture be­tween the North­land Re­gional and Far North Dis­trict coun­cils, the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, con­trac­tors Waste Man­age­ment and Mo­turoa Is­land Ltd.

The ser­vice is weather-de­pen­dent, and may vary, but the plan is to op­er­ate it three times a week, typ­i­cally on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days, through to Jan­uary 18. Ini­tially it will visit camp­sites on Urupuka­puka Is­land from about 9.30 to 10.30am, be­fore moor­ing close to the south­east­ern end of Mo­tu­rua Is­land (the same po­si­tion as last sum­mer) from around 11am un­til 2pm, or un­til it’s full.

A flat $6 fee per rub­bish bag will ap­ply, re­gard­less of whether pre­paid or plain bags are used. Re­cy­clables will be ac­cepted, at a fee of be­tween $2 and $5 per bag, de­pend­ing on the quan­tity. Any re­cy­clables that are not clean will in­cur an ex­tra charge.

Shore-based fa­cil­i­ties will be avail­able at Opua, and re­cy­cling only at a new site at the Kain­ga­hoa camp­ground, Kain­ga­hoa Bay, on Rawhiti Rd.

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