Rubbish collection charges loom

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 17:41 20/06/2012

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A scheme to get households better managing their waste by 2018 has been adopted today by the Auckland Council - but will come at a cost to ratepayers.

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan will see all residents pay to have general waste collected while recyclables and a new organic collection will be paid for under the rates system.

Up until now about 45 per cent of Auckland households have had a user pays system.

General waste will incur a cost between $2.50 and $7.50 per bin collection - depending on the bin size.

Urban households will get three wheelie bins to sort their rubbish from recyclables and organic waste in a bid to reduce the 1.2 million tonnes of garbage sent to landfill every year.

Rural households, including those on the Hauraki Gulf Islands, will get a mix of both bags and bins depending on their location.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse said the plan, which was well supported in public submissions, provides a blueprint for reducing household and commercial waste during the next few years and beyond.

"About 80 per cent of submitters supported the target of a 30 per cent reduction in domestic kerbside waste sent to landfill by 2018. Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and work with the waste industry, businesses, local boards and the community to achieve this ambitious goal,'' she said.

Urban residents will have a choice of bin sizes from 60 litre to 240 litre. An 80-litre bin would cost $2.50 to empty, with bigger bins more expensive.

The council has introduced a rates-funded organic waste collection in urban areas and will continue the rates-funded recycling collection, with a choice of wheelie bin sizes.

Hulse said the actions outlined in the plan will be rolled out in stages during the next few years, following work to ensure households and businesses are prepared for changes.

"Major changes to kerbside collections will not start until 2015, as current contracts expire," she said.

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