I receive constant feedback from people right across the community that our current recycling service isn’t up to scratch. And I think they’re right.
That’s why when I became Mayor, I strongly signalled our Council would urgently progress changes to bring our kerbside recycling service into the 21st century.
The current recycling crates have little capacity, and it’s not uncommon to see recycling scattered across our city on windy days. Many other cities have been offering wheelie bins for recycling for years, and our residents know they have been missing out.
Council is proposing upgrading the current service so each household will use a wheelie bin for mixed recycling such as paper and plastic, and a crate or wheelie bin for glass. We’re also asking what you think about possible green waste collection.
At the same time we’re asking about your views on recycling, we’ve also got some options for improving rubbish collection services in the Hutt.
At the moment, people either use Council rubbish bags or use a wheelie bin from a private provider. We’re proposing to phase out rubbish bags, because they come with significant health and safety concerns. The options we’re considering include a fortnightly rubbish collection service, a pay as you throw option, a weekly collection service, or leaving it to private service providers.
Ultimately this is about getting the basics right, and making sure we deliver services that benefit everyone in our city.
Please head to hutt.city/haveyoursay to give us your feedback on the changes we’re considering. Consultation is open right through until the 16th of August. Following community feedback and Council decisions, new services will come into place July 2021.
I look forward to reading your submission.