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Kerbside Collection Service Jacksons Road and Birchdale Place

Monday 18 August 2014

The recycling collection is back to its usual times now that Jacksons Road has reopened.

Extension of Ohoka Kerbside Recycling Collection Area into the Rural Residential Area of Swannanoa, Mandeville North and Rural Ohoka

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Owners of properties inside the newly extended kerbside recycling collection area shown in the map will have seen in their rates statement they are being charged a targeted rate of $54 for the recycling collection, as from 1 July 2014. We apologise that we have not as yet sent letters to alert property owners about the provision of this service and when it will be starting, but we have been working through a number of details so that we can provide ratepayers and residents all of the information at one time to avoid confusion.

This extension follows on from a survey of a much larger area in late 2013, when we canvassed a large portion of the rural residential area (from west of Two Chain Road to Jacksons Road, and from Mill Road to North Eyre Road) as we wanted to see how much demand there was for Council providing a waste collection service. The results were a bit patchy but there was enough support for a recycling collection service inside the mapped area to provide a cost-effective recycling collection to residents, but less support for a Council rubbish bag collection service and very little support outside this area for any Council waste collection service.

The Council has adopted this new collection area as an extension of the Ohoka Recycling Collection Area as part of the Annual Plan. We are arranging for Waste Management to deliver 240 litre recycling bins and information packs to all eligible properties within this collection area (i.e. properties with dwellings on them). This delivery is planned for early October, and we anticipate that the collection service will begin in mid-October. Because these properties will only get a collection service for three quarters of a year, the $72 targeted rate has been reduced to $54 for this financial year.

In summary, a fortnightly recycling collection will be provided to eligible properties within the specified area. The Council will not be collecting rubbish in bags or bins, just recycling. The collection day will be the same collection day as Ohoka, which is Thursday Week 1. Bins will have to be out by 7 am as stipulated for all Council collections. The arrows on the map show the collection route around the collection area – where the arrows are shown on only one side of the road residents will have to take their bins to that side of the road for collection as the truck will only drive once along the road.

Please note that if the targeted rate is not on your rates statement, you will not receive a recycling bin. If you own a property inside this collection area with a completed dwelling on it, and you are not rated for the new service, please contact the Council to let us know and we can amend our records to ensure that you will be rated and will receive a bin during the October roll-out. If you have more than one residence (e.g. a house and flat, or two cottages) you will be rated for multiple services and will receive the appropriate number of bins.

We will provide more details about the collection service when we send letters to owners of properties inside the new collection area.

Discounted Home Compost Systems available for sale

Monday 14 October 2013

We are now selling ZingBokashi compost systems and CompostZing at the ReSale Store at Southbrook resource recovery park; we sell Bokashi products at the same discounted price there and at our service centres. If you want a good-sized compost bin at a discounted price, Earthmaker compost bin kits are also available at the ReSale Store. Prices are on our Fees and Charges page. 

Update on What Plastics You Can Recycle

Thursday 23 August 2012

Plastic bags: We can now take all plastic bags, not just supermarket carry bags, e.g. shopping bags, bread bags, pellet fire fuel bags, and even the plastic wrap from The Press.

Please make sure the bags are empty and clean, and place them loose inside your recycling wheelie bin. Clean, dry plastic wrap only.

Disposable plastic (picnic) plates, cutlery and cups: rinsed hard plastic picnic-ware only, no polystyrene plates or cups.

Southbrook Resource Recovery Park

Monday 27 August 2012

The ReSale Store has proven to be a very popular place to shop even in the winter months, as it has a wide range of second-hand goods for sale, from glasses and dinnerware, through clothes, toys, picture frames and books, to furniture and tools, and a lot more besides! While we don’t weigh the second-hand goods in or out, we estimate that we have diverted over 90 tonnes that would normally have been sent to the landfill, through the ReSale Store.

In addition to second-hand goods, we have received 41.6 tonnes of hazardous wastes over the ten month period from October 2011 to July 2012 (19 tonnes more than the same period before the upgrade) and 1,265.7 tonnes of recycling (181 tonnes more), plus new initiatives have resulted in over 80 tonnes of electronic waste being recycled via e-Scrap (2,179 TVs, 641 computer monitors, and 14.2 tonnes of assorted electrical goods) and 10.5 tonnes of paint sent to Enviropaints for recycling.

The changed layout at the transfer station site has also made it easier for residents and businesses to dispose of garden waste, clean hardfill and plasterboard, and 2,124 tonnes of these materials have been diverted from landfill from October 2011 to July 2012 (199 tonnes more than the same period in the previous year).

Waste Management Plan Review

Monday 27 August 2012

Consultation on the draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan was held between 28 April and 28 May 2012, with a public hearing and deliberations held on 20 June 2012. The final version of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2012, which had been amended as a result of the submissions received as part of the consultation process, was adopted by the Council at its meeting on 7 August 2012. A total of 53 written submissions were received, and six verbal submissions were heard.

The 2011 Waste Assessment had confirmed that organic waste (garden and food wastes) and waste from construction and demolition are the ‘big ticket’ items now that the kerbside recycling and transfer station upgrade have been implemented. The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan includes a number of options relating to landfill diversion (for example multiple bin kerbside collections and other means of diverting organic wastes, improving access to recycling services for rural residents, cleanfill capacity, and regular waste audits) that the Council will investigate over the next two to three years. The Council will consult with the public on diversion options once the investigations have provided enough information to do so.

Refuse and Recycling Kerbside Collections

Monday 27 August 2012

Winter has seen a bit of a dip in the overall quantity of recycling and refuse collected at kerbside, which is usual for the season, however the wheelie bins have continued to increase total kerbside recycling tonnages since their introduction in April 2010. The increase has ranged from between 15% and 34%, and averages out to be 23% higher than the same period during the previous year.

Graph of Monthly Kerbside Recycling Quantities.

Unfortunately there has been an ongoing issue with the wrong materials being put in some bins – remember, if it isn’t recyclable (check the sticker on the bin lid, or our website, for what is recyclable) please don’t put it in the recycling bin. Ashes have been a particular problem over winter: they do not belong in the recycling bin, and you need to ensure ashes are cold before you put them in your rubbish bag or rubbish bin.

Don’t forget that if your bin is full and you have more recycling to get rid of, you can drop off excess paper, plastics, glass bottles, tins and cans, and large amounts of cardboard for free at the Council’s Southbrook Resource Recovery Park at 284 Flaxton Road. The RRP also accepts a wider range of recyclable materials than you can recycle at kerbside, and reusable household goods.

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