Call to protest recycling changes

Last updated 09:06 28/11/2012

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Upper Hutt City Council states that cleaning up our streets and maintaining our clean green image is hugely important to the council yet we the ratepayers are expected to fork out $60 ex GST to recycle and help reduce the burden on our landfills and the environment.

In the 10 years since we moved to Upper Hutt we have experienced the change from recycling most plastics to only a few, weekly collection of both paper and plastics/metal to a two weekly collection and a huge increase in rates.

In 2002 we paid $360 an instalment for rates. For the same period this year; $450, a 25 per cent increase over 10 years, yet a loss in service.

I suggest that from February 2013 we all continue to put out our recycling as we do now and wait for the council to have to act to the huge piles of uncollected material clogging our berms.

The scheme introduced by the council is different from what was originally discussed. I, for one, don't remember the costs associated with recycling being mentioned as an additional charge to the ratepayer.

If they truly want to keep the area clean and green, then we shouldn't have to pay for this service as we are already doing a service by separating the recyclables from the rubbish.

We New Zealanders seem too happy to sit back and let those in ''power'' steam roller over us, it's time to act and stand up for once!

HAMISH STRATMORE, Silverstream

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- Upper Hutt Leader

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