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Changes at Southbrook Resource Recovery Park

Monday 20 October 2014

There will be road making undertaken at the recycling drop-off area at Southbrook RRP this week (Thursday 20 October, weather-dependent). The bins are also being moved, and signage changed. This should provide a better driving and parking environment, and reduce risks to the public from the forklift being driven around in the recycling area. There will be some disruption to traffic during the work; we ask customers to please be patient.

Refuse and Recycling Services on Labour Weekend

Monday 20 October 2014

There is no change to the Council's refuse and recycling services on Labour Weekend, 25 to 27 October 2014. The Southbrook Resource Recovery Park and Oxford Transfer Station will be open normal hours. 

Extension of Ohoka Kerbside Recycling Collection Area

Thursday 2 October 2014

Waste Management has begun delivering the wheelie bins into the newly extended recycling collection area in rural Ohoka, Mandeville and Swannanoa. Please check the address labels on the bins to make sure you take the bin allocated to your property. Unfortunately information packs were not delivered with the bins on Monday and Tuesday - these will be dropped into letterboxes early next week.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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