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Last updated 18:30 12/11/2012

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Residents in Upper Hutt face an annual $60 fee for curbside recycling, unless they aleady use a wheelie bin for general rubbish.

Upper Hutt City Council has negiotated a combination rubbish and recycling deal with Transpacific Waste Management.

From February the council will no longer pay the contractor to collect curbside recycling left in plastic bags. Residents who do not already use wheelie bins for will have to pay for for their recycling to be collected.

However, under the combination deal residents can get a 240-litre wheelie bin (for rubbish), a 140-litre recycling bin and a crate for glass for $301 plus GST.

Lachlan Wallach, the council’s asset management and operations director, said the combination deal would help ease financial burden and enourage more people to recyle.

Currently the company charges an average $305.90 plus GST a year just for a 240 litre wheelie bin.

There are also deals for use of smaller wheelie bins for rubbish.

A 140-litre wheelie bin for rubbish, a recyclables wheelie bin and glass collection crate cost be $220 plus GST, and the same package with an 80-litre rubbish wheelie bin cost $190 plus GST.

The recyclables in the wheelie bin will be collected every two weeks, alternating with glass collection the week in between.

Mr Wallach said wheelie bins are the preferred method of rubbish collection in Upper Hutt, and the current current plastic bag system for recycling is considered unattractive by many people.

It also requires people to use many plastic bags.

Transpacific Waste Management would lhelp existing customers switch to a combo deal by allowing them to change without penalties. New customers will also qualify for the combination rates.

Mr Wallach said residents living in rural or hard to access areas ''will have special service provisions to enable them to participate in recycling, as will members of the local business community operating in the CBD''.

The changes will begin on February 4. Further information will be sent to residents soon, he says.

More information is available at upperhuttcity.com/recycling-bins

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