New bins to push recycling

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 31/03/2014

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Urban residents in South and Central Taranaki are getting an extra kerbside bin while those in New Plymouth are getting bins for the first time.

In an effort to place greater emphasis on recycling, Taranaki's three district councils will soon offer a 60-litre bin specifically for glass.

The changes are part of a seven-year region-wide contract with new provider Envirowaste, which will take effect late next year.

South Taranaki District Council engineering services group manager Brent Manning said the introduction of a separate glass collection service should help reduce the amount of rubbish heading to landfill.

He said their would be no extra cost to ratepayers.

Stratford District Council assets director Sven Hanne said along with the new bin for glass, their monthly recyclables collection would become fortnightly.

"We have a long history of working together on residential waste collection and other solid waste initiatives," he said.

"By tendering jointly for this new collection contract, there are significant benefits to ratepayers and the councils involved."

New Plymouth district residents will also get a new service. Sixty litre plastic bags for rubbish will be collected weekly, while glass crates and 240l recycling bins will be collected on alternate fort-nights.

The new collection service starts on October 1, 2015.

Envirowaste owns and operates New Plymouth's Colson Rd transfer station and runs NPDC's Waitara and Tongaporutu transfer stations.

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