Kapiti rubbish bags to be dumped?

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 09:36 15/02/2013
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Council rubbish bags could be dumped as private competition edges out the public provider.

Kapiti Coast District Council is considering options in draft annual plan workshops that include halting the sale of council rubbish bags and pulling out from kerbside collection.

Workshop chair Ross Church said  councillors were ''only looking at options'' at this point and more information will be available at a workshop planned for February 28.

''Should we try and compete with private contractors who are doing the job more cheaply, or are we better to maintain a clear regulatory framework that ensures the correct level of services continue?''

There are four wheelie bin operators in Kapiti - all provide recycling facilities and two provide rubbish bags.

The private bags generally sell for around $2.80 whereas the council bags cost $3.60. Last year 308,000 council bags were sold. This year the figure could drop to as low as 130,000.

''As a result, we are now looking at various options. One is for  the council to exit from the sale of rubbish bags and from kerbside collection, given the number of private contractors who are providing the service at a cheaper rate.

"Another includes the council taking over all kerbside recycling. The downside of this, however, is the annual cost at $700,000 to $800,000. This would increase rates by 1.7 per cent.''

Meanwhile, councillors are looking at options for the Waikanae and Otaki drop-off centres.

These include cutting the operating hours or launching a targeted rate for the Waikanae station, which requires increased funding.

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