Wrong assumptions about city rubbish

Whatever you have heard about a 4-bin system is probably wrong.

This is the message from Tauranga City Council following a story published on SunLive about a review of the city’s rubbish collection.

There has been a fair bit of discussion recently about the city’s waste problem and what Tauranga City Council is proposing to do about it.

“Some waste contractors have made incorrect assumptions in their advertising and in media interviews. Those wrong assumptions are now starting to show up in submissions that people have made to the Council’s draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan,” says a statement from Tauranga City Council.

“To be very clear, there is no 4-bin kerbside system proposed in Tauranga City Council’s draft waste plan. The draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan proposes that the Council should investigate ways to divert more residential waste from landfill. No decision has been made about what the solution would actually look like.”

If the draft plan is adopted, this waste problem will become the subject of an investigation over the next 12 – 18 months, funded by a central government waste levy. 

One of the things proposed to be investigated is a rates-funded kerbside collection service that would divert more residential waste from landfill.

That investigation might or might not lead the Council to consider implementing a partly or wholly rates-funded service in a few years’ time. If so, the details of how such a service might function, and what it would look like, would need a lot more development and then it would be opened to further public consultation, says Rebecca Maiden, manager: resource, recovery and waste.

“We’re asking people who care about the future of the city to read about the waste problem and let us know if they agree whether the Council should consider taking a more proactive role in addressing the problem.”

Rebecca says council staff have been in ongoing dialogue with the city’s waste contractors during the development of the draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

“Some of the contractors have obviously based their current assumptions on scenario modelling that they saw in earlier Council reports. None of those models are actually in the draft Waste Plan. There is no 4-bin system currently proposed.”

If, after reading this, you feel like the submission you have already made doesn’t quite represent how you feel about this issue, then you are welcome to make a second submission, says Rebecca.

You do need to be clear if you want your previous submission to be ignored or revoked, otherwise Council will formally take both into account.

Submissions on Tauranga’s Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan close on July 14. Submissions can be made by visiting Waste problem

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Posted on 05-07-2016 08:03 | By Capt_Kaveman

is no problem, like i have said before all tip rubbish needs to be filtered before landfill, there are plenty of unemployed near Hampton downs so get on with it


Posted on 04-07-2016 18:43 | By overit

If only it was a perfect world.

reduce first

Posted on 04-07-2016 15:46 | By TaurangaToro

too much into landfill - if everyone reduced the amount crap they bought, and were more conscious about their purchases and the wrapping they come in, and what will happen to the product at the end of its life, this wouldn’t be such a big issue. it would be nice if council recycled all plastic types, but until that time, everyone should be taking personal responsibility for the amount of rubbish their household outputs and do what they can to reduce it, not moan about who’s job it is to take it once they’re done with it


Posted on 04-07-2016 14:17 | By Denny G

Rubbish is the subject and "rubbish " are some of the council comments. Why not leave well enough alone !!!!


Posted on 04-07-2016 13:22 | By rastus

The problem that all the greenies do not appreciate is that no one wants the separated recycled materials - as I understand it, there is no commercial market for the majority of these materials - certainly recycled garden waste has a useful future but is about the only thing!


Posted on 04-07-2016 13:16 | By overit

I wish supermarkets would put meat on recyclable trays. That would certainly help.


Posted on 04-07-2016 12:49 | By joan king

I currently have a general rubbish bin pickup plus a recycled bin pickup and a further bin for compost gardening materials all of which I pay for - they work well and are always picked up at the appropriate time. To implement a council system means you are turning several companies that do a good job currently into nothing. They will loose their business here and many jobs will be lost. Obviously one couldn’t be expected to pay them and have to pay the council in the rates for a further rubbish collection whether you use it or not. Our choice is rather sad as we may have to pay anyway in rates for the service and we are paying council then to put companies out of business and men out of work. Not a nice thought at all.

Says Who??

Posted on 04-07-2016 12:29 | By Ghost

I would love to know who says "a system that is obviously working?" no its not. A working system has Roadside Recycling Paper/Plastic/Glass not just a rubbish bag for everything to go into. Bring on the bins and keep Tauranga Clean.

Total waste of money and resources

Posted on 04-07-2016 12:02 | By The Sage

Why would the cancel want to waste all this manpower and finance to change a system that is obviously working? Seems to me they are just justifying staff’s wages for a few more years and lining the pockets of consultants.

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