Te Puke Times - 2021-06-10


Pay-as-you throw rubbish tags on sale


Luke Kirkness

Pre-paid rubbish bin tags for Western Bay residents are now on sale but are not to be used before the new kerbside service starts next month. Western Bay of Plenty District Council hoped the new tags would be a financial incentive for residents to reduce their waste output. Each household district-wide currently produces about 640kg of waste per year. The fluorescent orange tags are to be put on the red lid rubbish bin component of the new service — Auckland Council uses a similar service. The pay-as-you-throw tags are available throughout the district, with the recommended retail price of $3.95 each. WBOPDC deputy chief executive and group manager of infrastructure services Gary Allis said the tags were an initiative to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. “By implementing a pre-paid system for red lid rubbish bins, each household is only paying for the rubbish they generate and is not bound by a fixed rate — providing a financial incentive for people to reduce their waste.” The council’s new kerbside rubbish and recycling service starts on July 1. Serviced households’ recycling, food waste and glass bins would be collected on a regular basis, but the red lid bin frequency was up to the resident. The bin will only be collected when a pre-paid tag is attached to the bin. The cost is not included in the annual targeted rate being added to eligible households rates invoices, however — $149 for a full service and $98 for a partial service, which covers the component of the service (recycling, glass and food scraps). “The costs of disposing [of] waste to landfill will continue to increase,” Allis said. “To reduce this we all need to think about sending waste from landfill to be recycled or composted. The info


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