Recycling should be extended to include Renwick, Grovetown, Spring Creek, Tuamarina and Rarangi
The Marlborough District Council could extend rubbish and recycling collections to Renwick, Grovetown, Spring Creek, Tuamarina and Rarangi, but it would come at a cost.
A report to Tuesday's assets and services committee asks councillors to approve asking residents whether they would be interested in the service.
Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil said in the report the extension would help the council divert more material away from the landfill, prolonging its life.
Trucks and workers were available to expand the kerbside collection service for refuse and recycling to Renwick, Grovetown, Spring Creek, Tuamarina and Rarangi under the council's waste and recycling contract, starting in July.
Mr McNeil said including Renwick in the council's rubbish and recycling collection would add about 950 houses to a weekly collection, diverting up to 260 tonnes from the landfill.
The increase for all ratepayers receiving that service would be about $3, from $115 for the 2014-15 financial year to $118 a year.
Including Grovetown, Spring Creek, Tuamarina and Rarangi would add about 750 houses to a weekly collection, diverting up to 202 tonnes from landfill.
It would increase the amount paid by all ratepayers getting the collection service by another $2, taking the total to $120 a year if all the proposed areas were included, up from the original $115 a year.
Mr McNeil said the areas were served by private companies collecting bags and wheelie bins each week, costing between $150 to $200 a year.
If councillors approved the consultation, staff would write to residents in Renwick, Grovetown, Spring Creek, Tuamarina, and Rarangi in August and September to see what their views were on the service, asking them to fill in a survey to gauge interest.
Blenheim and Picton residents, who have the kerbside collection of rubbish and recycling already, would be asked their views on the potential expansion through the 2015-16 draft annual plan and submissions process.
Mr McNeil said the council would need to buy recycling crates costing $25,500 if the proposal went ahead. However, the targeted rate of $118 or $120 would cover all costs associated with the service, including debt servicing and depreciation of the crates.
- The Marlborough Express
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