Choices on recycling

COLIN WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:02 21/11/2012

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Upper Hutt residents will have options in deciding on the choice of their recycling providers when a new city-wide rubbish collection system is put in place in February.

A variation in the existing contract between the council and Transpacific Waste Management, means the city will no longer pay the contractor to pick up recycling left on the kerb in plastic bags.

Instead, the company will introduce a range of recycling options in a system where the contract for service will be between the company and the individual householder.

The only waste service the council will continue to provide is the collection of its UHCC rubbish bags bought from supermarkets.

Some other waste removal companies have contacted The Leader expressing concern they are potentially being cut out of the potential Upper Hutt recycling market.

The manager of Low Cost Bins, Hugh Wiffen, says his locally based company will begin a recycling service from mid to late January.

An 80-litre wheelie bin, where paper, glass and plastics can be placed together and which will be sorted at the kerbside, will be offered, Mr Wiffen says.

Low Cost Bins has, for six years, provided a waste service for about 3500 householders in Upper Hutt.

From early next year, recycling will be offered, either in combination with the removal of household waste, or on a stand-alone basis.

Mr Wiffen said he expected his recycling service cost to be very competitive.

"People need to understand there is more than one company they can go with."

"I haven't got down to hard figures," but the Low Cost Bins option was likley to be around $40 a year, including GST.

Upper Hutt chief executive Chris Upton confirmed there was a possible wide range for residents to choose from.

"The end result of this is that there is no restriction to anybody else. We haven't done a deal and we are not saying (the service) is exclusive to Transpacific Waste Management.

"It's about what is best for the Upper Hutt community. I'd be amazed if there is not a lower priced service offered."

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