Working party formed to consider rubbish options

A Hamilton City Council working group will look at options around how the city's rubbish is collected.
KELLY HODEL

A Hamilton City Council working group will look at options around how the city's rubbish is collected.

A city council working group set up to study recycling and rubbish collection options for the city will examine the benefits of a user-pays system.

Up to four elected members will sit in on the group, together with council staff and an independent expert. 

The group will examine the use of wheeled bins for recycling and rubbish, as well as a user-pays system for rubbish collection.

Elected members have flirted with full user charges for rubbish collection during previous council terms but invariably backed away from the idea.

Also on the working group's radar will be an examination of the council's ownership of the city's refuse transfer station and organic centre.

Councillor Martin Gallagher will serve on the working group and said the group was tasked with addressing major issues.

"This is a biggie," Gallagher remarked after nominating councillor Dave Macpherson to also serve on the group.

"Over the next three to four years, this is going to be one of the major things that we do."

The council has agreed to extend all its existing rubbish collection contracts to allow the working party to consider all options.

The council's suite of kerbside rubbish and recycling contracts was due to expire in June, 2017.

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Councillor Garry Mallett sought assurances from staff that the working group's terms of reference did not make any assumptions.

"It may turn out economically you're better off giving everyone three or four [rubbish] bags and everything going to the rubbish tip," Mallett said.

The working group is expected to produce a business case outlining the best options for the city by the middle of next year.

Meanwhile, the council is looking to add a page to its website, providing information on major contracts awarded by council, p-card spending and overall spending on professional services and consultants.

The information will be updated monthly with previous months archived and available for viewing.

 - Stuff

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