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Halfway mark for waste trial

SIMON MAUDE
Last updated 05:00 05/08/2014

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Feedback from North Shore residents taking part in an organic waste trial is positive, Auckland Council says.

Residents have been separating food scraps and other organic matter from their usual rubbish collection so it can be collected weekly and turned into compost.

A survey by Gravitas Research and Strategy through June and July found 92 per cent of 337 residents involved in the now half-completed trial think it is a "good idea".

Nearly 2000 households in parts of Northcote, Milford and Takapuna have been involved in the trial since May.

Council solid waste operations manager Warwick Jaine says it is pleased with results so far, but acknowledges some people have concerns about the durability, size and fit of the kitchen caddy liners, and the smell from fortnightly council rubbish collection.

"We're listening to all feedback and investigating solutions, such as maintaining weekly council rubbish pickup for a few years, to help ease the transition when an organics collection is introduced throughout urban Auckland," Jaine said.

The council says the trial diverted 31 tonnes of food waste from landfill to be processed into compost in its first eight weeks.

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