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Inorganic collection stays

Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012

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Illegal dumping and messy scavenging are the downsides to Auckland's inorganic rubbish collections, but the collections are popular and to stay for now.

They are rare in overseas cities, and even in New Zealand, but have been running in for years in areas like North Shore, Waitakere, Auckland city, Manukau and Papakura.

Auckland Council plans to keep the collections across the region but says it wants to find a better system.

From this year annual kerbside collections become biennial - every two years - for the areas that already have them.

But there will be shorter timeframes to put things out for collection and Auckland Council says it will be more rigorously monitoring illegal dumping and commercial scavenging.

Inorganic collection details were finalised in the council's solid waste bylaw that Auckland Council says will help waste minimisation goals.

This includes the introduction of a three-wheelie-bin system - for rubbish, recycling and organic waste - from 2015.

Switching to wheelie bins for rubbish is new for the Shore and has raised concerns about how households will store and transport so many wheelie bins.

Councillor George Wood raised early fears it would encourage people to put out more rubbish and says everyone needs to make the new system work.

Private contractors will still be able to sell rubbish bags for collection.

Rubbish will be collected fortnightly and people can choose from 60 to 240 litre bins.

People will be billed each time a bin is emptied through data collected from radio frequency identification.

Prices have not been finalised about are expected to be about $2.50 for an 80-litre bin, $5 for a 140-litre and $7.50 for a 240-litre bin.

Auckland Council says it will work with the elderly or disabled if they need help finding ways to transport their bins.

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