Tauranga City Council has included a proposal to introduce a rates-funded kerbside rubbish and recycling service in 2021 in their draft Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP) which will go out for public consultation in March 2018.
The public will be asked if they would like to continue with the current private collection services, or have a centrally managed rates-funded service.
The proposal comes as a result of last year's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, which sets out actions to minimise Tauranga's waste to landfill and for the city to recycle more. Currently almost 70% of the kerbside waste that Tauranga sends to landfill could be recycled.
Acting Manager for Resource Recovery and Waste, Cathy Davidson, said a Council-managed service would mean that, on average, collection costs to residents would be lower, but most importantly it would enable Council to address the current issues around the types of materials that are accepted at the kerbside for recycling. “There are recycling limitations with the current system, where decisions are based on economic rather than environmental outcomes. With current privately managed services the Council has no control over which materials the waste operators choose to collect,” she said.
Modelling for the proposal is based on a three-bin service to collect rubbish, mixed recycling and organic waste (garden and/or food) but Ms Davidson stressed that this is not necessarily the service that would be introduced in 2021. “The details of the proposed service, such as collection frequencies, what we'll collect, size and types of bins, user-pays, special requirements, etc. all need to be further investigated and determined. But before we invest time and money in doing this we want to know that the community agrees, in principle, that a rates-funded service should be introduced,” Ms Davidson said.
“We are really pleased that this opportunity to make a big difference to Tauranga's waste management is now on the table. Hopefully, the community will get in involved and have their say on this important environmental topic in March next year.”
More information about the proposed kerbside rubbish and recycling service is available on the Tauranga City Council website.