Costs will not encourage recycling

Last updated 11:01 21/11/2012

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The deal between Upper Hutt City Council and Transpacific Waste Management featured on the front page of the Leader last week may reduce costs for the council but not for the consumer.

We have a contract for a 240-litre wheelie bin with Transpacific Waste Management and currently pay $305.91 including GST. I fail to see how paying $301 plus GST (real cost $346.15) will encourage more people to recycle.

We have recycled for many years but doubt we will be the only household to stop doing so unless we are to see a reduction to offset the extra expense in our rates!

I question why the costs given are exclusive of GST. It isn't an optional payment so isn't it more morally honest to state the price the consumer will be charged?

JENNY WAECHTER, Trentham

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