Push to bring back the bins

Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013

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A report penned by outspoken councillor John McLeod could help reverse the controversial decision to remove bins from New Plymouth's Pig-Out Point.

New Plymouth District councillors will today decide on whether to reinstate bins in some form or keep up the no-bin trial at the city's notorious litter-prone Mt Bryan Domain.

Nicknamed Pig-Out Point because of the popularity of fast food at the seaside location, rubbish bins were controversially removed from the area three months ago in a bid to reduce the litter there.

Mr McLeod always maintained the experiment would be a failure and has now produced a 50-page report on the last three months of litter there and given every councillor a copy.

"I am down there all the time and when I say all the time I am down there at least once a week, sometimes up to 12 times a week checking out the surf breaks.

"I know what goes on. I know more than what the council officers know, so it was logical for me to write a report," Mr McLeod said.

The document includes photos of the litter at the domain over the trial period and comments the councillor said were made by people he talked to there over the three months.

Among the comments, one person pointed out there were still bins for dog waste on the Coastal Walkway and asked: "Are dogs more important than people".

Another said the carpark looked "third world".

Mr McLeod's report includes nine possible solutions to the problem. These include bringing bins back, emptying bins more regularly, fast food outlets sponsoring bins and improved video coverage of the area.

Councillors so far have been offered three options by their officers: Continue with the no-bin trial at a cost of $5960; reinstate six rubbish bins there, but remove six other bins from other areas around the district; or install new seagull resistant bins at a cost of $9000.

The council's report on the controversial trial said they had received 16 calls or emails wanting the bins back and eight service requests for rubbish removal.

Over 10 weeks they spent $1300 cleaning up the area, or approximately $50 per clean. By comparison council spent $1190 every 10 weeks when it was emptying the bins, a difference of $110.

Before the trial, council had unsuccessfully tried a number of techniques to reduce the litter problem at the area. These included many of the solutions suggested in Mr McLeod's report.

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