Your article about the Red Bin people (Rubbishing the competition, October 22) merely underlines the stupidity of our council's continuing policy on garbage collection.
We see every week garbage collection vehicles following one another around our streets. Could anyone devise a better way to waste money? The CEO must be worth at least another $100,000 per year for such madness.
You only have to go to Perth, Western Australia for an example as to how to do it. The district gets chopped up into areas and companies invited to quote for the job of making collections. This is competitive. When the time comes to invite quotes again, things like complaints as well as price are considered.
Of course this involves one terrible problem. The cost of garbage collection would be included in our rates - just as they used to be. The council could then be judged on the true cost of living in Kapiti. Whatever you do don't mention water meters.
- Kapiti Observer