Shore to spearhead waste trial

Last updated 05:00 19/04/2014

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A three month organics collection service will soon be trialled across 2000 households in Auckland as part of a council plan to reach zero waste by 2040.

Participants will be selected in May and asked to separate food scraps and organic matter, including  paper towels, teabags and indoor cut flowers, from their usual rubbish collection so it can be collected weekly and turned into compost.

The trial will involve households on the city's North Shore.

Council's Environment, Climate Change and Natural Heritage Committee chairman Wayne Walker says trial results will help create the best possible service for city wide use at a later date.

He says the aim is to develop a waste conversion process providing a source of energy and compost, while helping reduce harmful emissions.

"About 40 per cent of what the average household puts out in their rubbish each week is food waste, which currently goes to landfill and rots into the unwanted greenhouse gas we know as methane.

"I hope all participants embrace this trial as it paves the way for a new service and a way to deal more efficiently with our waste.

"The trial will measure how well people manage separating food waste from normal rubbish in their kitchens.

Auckland Council hopes to reduce household waste by 30 per cent by 2018.

Trial participants will receive a notice, followed up by a door knocking programme, and delivery of a new organics bin from early May.

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- North Shore Times

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