Tip charges to drop
'We are recycling what we can'RHONDA MARKBY
Dumping a large item or two is about to get cheaper in the Timaru district.
From July 1, the district council will bring in a new category, making it $10 cheaper for trucks and trailers dumping less than 200kg of rubbish.
Council senior waste management officer Ruth Clarke said feedback from site cashiers indicated people were arriving with loads weighing substantially less than the present 200kg cut-off point, and having to pay $38. Many trucks and trailers were carrying between 100kg and 200kg of rubbish, and only 4 per cent were carrying less than 100kg.
A small car or hatchback will be charged $15, a station-wagon or double-cab ute $20, and all other vehicles containing less than 200kg of rubbish (the new category) $28. Those weighing more than 200kg will pay on weight.
Ms Clarke said checks with Environment Canterbury indicated there was no trend for larger items to be dumped in the district's rivers.
She said the issue for people was often when they had an item that was too large to even be broken down into their red bin, but was not suitable for recycling.
The Sustainable South Canterbury Trust, which operated the Crows Nest Recycling Centre, was under no obligation to take any item. Ms Clarke said those operating the Crows Nest knew best what sold.
"Sorting at source is key (to reducing dumping costs)," she said, adding that a substantial range of materials could now be recycled.
Ms Clarke said there was much less recyclable material making its way to the landfill now than in the past.
"There is much less waste. Waste is really waste. We are recycling what we can."
She had no doubt the cost of dumping rubbish was a factor in that. What it really came down to was that people were responsible for the cost of getting rid of their own rubbish.
The public could encourage companies to change the type of packaging they used, away from non-recyclable plastics, Ms Clarke said, noting that some computer manufacturers had moved away from using polystyrene packing and were now using moulded cardboard (similar to egg cartons), which would break down.
"Customers do have the power."
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