Deal keeps recycling and trash costs down

Last updated 10:24 16/11/2012

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A combo deal for rubbish and recycling at less than the current cost of a wheelie bin has been negotiated by Upper Hutt City Council with contractor Transpacific Waste Management.

From next February, the council will no longer pay the contractor to pick up recyclables left at the kerb in plastic bags.

Residents will have to pay at a cost of $60 plus GST a year.

The combo deals will help ease the financial burden and encourage more people to recycle, says council's director of asset management and operations, Lachlan Wallach.

The combo deal will provide a 240-litre wheelie bin (for rubbish), a 140-litre recycling bin and a crate for glass for $301 plus GST.

Currently the company charges an average $305.90 plus GST a year just for a 240-litre wheelie bin. There will also be combo deals using smaller wheelie bins for rubbish.

A 140-litre wheelie bin for rubbish, plus a recyclables wheelie bin and glass collection crate will be $220 plus GST and the same package with a 80-litre rubbish wheelie bin will be $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 says wheelie bins are the preferred method of rubbish collection in Upper Hutt but the current current plastic bag system for recycling is considered unattractive by many people. It also requires people to use many plastic bags.

Mr Wallach says Transpacific Waste Management will help existing customers switch to a combo deal by allowing them to change without penalties. 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 begin on February 4.

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

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