Bins go back after trial rubbished

WHERE'S YA BIN: Gavin Hill, left, and Donny Mattock grab a bite at Mt Bryan Domain, and agree  the bins should be brought back.
WHERE'S YA BIN: Gavin Hill, left, and Donny Mattock grab a bite at Mt Bryan Domain, and agree the bins should be brought back.

Rubbish bins are set to be returned to New Plymouth's Pig-Out Point.

The New Plymouth District Council last night passed a recommendation to return rubbish bins to the Mt Bryan Domain, which is a popular spot to eat fast food.

The bins were controversially removed from the seaside location, at the end of Hobson St, three months ago in an attempt to reduce litter there.

Strewn rubbish had been an ongoing issue at the site because of anti-social behaviour by some users and also because of seagulls pulling food scraps from the bins.

While there was some division between councillors about what the next step should be, the no-bin trial was branded a failure by all.

Craig McFarlane said it was a simple matter that had turned into something bigger than Ben Hur.

He said the trial had been sabotaged from day one. To make his point, he proceeded to rip up a 50-page report compiled by John McLeod.

The report included photos of the litter at the domain during the trial period and comments made by the public over the three months.

Mr McFarlane said signs needed to go up earlier and offenders caught littering needed to be held accountable.

Heather Dodunski, deputy mayor, said the council had not prepared well enough for the trial and the bins shouldn't have been removed before signs were put up.

She wanted the trial to continue with more monitoring.

Marie Pearce said the trial had not gone on long enough.

"Surely we can educate people to take their rubbish home," she said.

Richard Handley said it was not a rubbish issue, it was a litter issue, and people should be taking their rubbish home. He said putting the bins back would be rewarding bad behaviour.

Grant Coward said there hadn't been a day go by when he hadn't been approached by people asking for the bins back. "The trial hasn't worked, the area of Mt Bryan is probably as bad as I've seen it," he said.

Murray Chong said the trial was a joke as rubbish left in the area had been cleaned up every few hours.

Mr Chong said there were a lot of other options that should be considered including making abusers pay.

Mr McLeod wanted a range of measures put in place including returning the bins, extra bins, cleaning them out twice a day, using offenders serving sentences of community work to clean the bins and council staff to investigate the costs to flood light the area and improve camera coverage.

His motion failed as did the three other options, continue with the no-bin trial, reinstate six bins there but remove six other bins from other areas around the district or install new seagull-resistant bins, by council staff.

In the end councillors voted in favour of simply returning the rubbish bins to the area.

Taranaki Daily News