Recycling bins, and bills, coming soon

Hundreds of households within Palmerston North's extended rural fringe could have recycling wheelie bins by the middle of next year, unless enough of them speak up against them.

The city council is planning to survey about 750 households that joined the city as part of this year's boundary change with Manawatu District, including Longburn and Bunnythorpe, to gauge support for the move.

Rural areas that were already in the city, but without a recycling collection service, will be included in the survey.

Water and waste services manager Rob Green and rubbish and recycling asset engineer Natasha Simmons were to put the proposal to the council's planning and policy committee today.

Mr Green said making it easier for more people to recycle would help the council achieve its goal of reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill, at a cost of $106 per tonne.

The cost to the council of extending collection runs would be minimal, but it would come at a cost to ratepayers of $185 a year, before GST, in a targeted rate added to their bills.

The survey, expected to be held during January, will treat a non-response as support for kerbside recycling.

If more than half the residents in a defined collection area tell the council they do not want the service, then it will not be provided.

The areas to be surveyed include Linton - beyond the military camp, Longburn, the city-side of Kairanga-Bunnythorpe Rd out to and including Bunnythorpe, the city side of Ashhurst Rd, including an arc around Ashhurst, and a pocket of properties off Hacketts Rd and Raukawa Rd.

There are some areas that will be missed out because it is too difficult for the collection trucks to get to them.

The collections would begin in July 2013, at the start of the new rating year.

Mr Green said there were no plans to extend rubbish collections at this stage.

The Manawatu Standard