A Council kerbside rubbish service

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

Should Council provide a kerbside rubbish, recycling and food waste service or continue leaving it up to current contractors? It’s a significant question that Council will have to answer soon.

Tauranga is the only major centre without a rates-funded kerbside collection. As you’re aware, the present regime involves residents organising their own rubbish; whether it be collection bags, rubbish only, or a mix of rubbish and recycling. Long-time residents are used to this and pay accordingly; however, I receive complaints from more recent residents used to rubbish being included in their rates bill.

When rubbish companies stopped collecting glass in 2018 there was an outcry from residents that lost a convenient opportunity to recycle. I note they never receive a reduction in their rubbish invoices for the reduction in service! Council stepped in and provided a rates-funded fortnightly glass collection; now twice as much glass is collected at the kerbside than before but it’s come at a cost of $36 per house per year.

Last year, Council consulted on introducing a full kerbside service and most submissions came back in support; largely for environmental and convenience reasons.

A rates-funded collection would reduce the five or six trucks that drive up your street each collection day, but it’d cost local jobs as a result. A rates-funded recycling and food-waste collection makes sense. However, I’d like to see rubbish collection charged on a pay-as-you-throw basis so as not to penalise people who generate less rubbish with a one-size-fits-all service that may cost them more than they pay now.


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