User pays recycling scheme flawed

Last updated 11:02 31/10/2012

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I have been informed by leaflet drop that Maoribank is ''lucky'' enough to have been chosen for the pilot roll out of the new user- pays recycling service.

For further information I went to the council's website where I found the following statements:

''Council anticipates that an annual charge of approximately $60 (+GST) per household for the supply and collection of the recycling wheelie bin and crate (for glass) could be easily offset by a greater reduction in household waste and related costs.

''For example, a household currently paying between $270-$320 per annum for a 240-litre general waste wheelie bin could switch to a smaller general waste wheelie bin and a new recycling wheelie bin, this new combination would save the household approximately $40 per annum.''

As recycled material is not currently going in the general waste wheelie bin, why do they think that shifting from the current plastic bag recycling to wheelie bin recycling is going to reduce the amount of general waste? I also notice that no mention is made of any refund of rates for the part year following February 2013, where we have already paid for recycling pick-ups as I'm guessing that this new fee will just be added to rates demands.



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- Upper Hutt Leader


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