Have You Talked Rubbish Yet?

Published: 07-Jul-2017

We’re closing in on mid-term for the consultation on our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and we want to hear from you.

This is about giving you the opportunity to tell us what you think of the ways in which our District could better manage its rubbish in the future.

LetsTalkRubbish_CalculatorPage_ThumbnailOne way we can reduce waste going to landfill, is by collecting compostable waste at kerbside.

Since the public consultation opened in early June, we’ve had some wonderful feedback.

A large number of you have already talked rubbish! But we want to hear more.

If you haven’t told us which choice you would prefer, let us know what you think.

As a reminder, we are seeking feedback on how many choices should be offered to people for a kerbside collection service.

  1. One standard service – the current service: yellow recycling bin for recycling (already included with rates), and black WDC rubbish bags (user pays).
  2. Two service choices – yellow recycling bin with the choice of WDC bags or a red bin for rubbish (rated).
  3. Four service choices – yellow recycling bin with the choice WDC bags or a red bin for rubbish and/or a green bin for organic waste (rated).

Council’s Solid Waste Portfolio Holder, Robbie Brine says “Compostable organic waste, both garden waste and food waste, accounts for 61% of the rubbish collected at kerbside so removing organics from the waste stream is the logical next step to greatly reduce the amount of waste our District sends to the landfill. The simplest way to encourage households to separate their organic waste from rubbish at their homes, if they don’t already do this, is providing them with a bin for organic waste.”

“If the District doesn’t reduce waste going to landfill on a ‘per head’ basis, it will simply increase as its population grows” says Robbie.

Of the 17,000 tonnes of rubbish sent to the Kate Valley Landfill from the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park in the last year, a total of 45% - or 7,650 tonnes – comes from the Districts kerbside collections, a huge percentage of that waste is compostable.

An online calculator can be used to compare your current waste disposal costs to the estimated annual rate charges for the different options and bin service choices and the Council is eager to hear what people would choose.

It’s easy to use, and fun! Check it out - http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/have-a-say/lets-talk/consultations/Lets-Talk-Rubbish

Look out in your mailbox - more information is on its way to you next week in a specially produced flyer with a feedback form for you to tell us what you think.

Feedback is open until 5pm Friday 11 August. Hearings will be held in late August and early September, before a final recommendation is received by Council in October. This is to coincide with the Long Term Plan for next year.

Name: Matt McIlraith

Phone: 03 311 8902