We need to take a fresh approach and modernise the services we provide to our community. We all could do better at reducing what we throw out, but we also need a better system for recycling and rubbish collection.
On recycling day and especially if it’s windy you can often see paper and other things like plastic milk bottles flying around our streets. These end up in our stormwater system and eventually the harbour and wash up on our beaches. What’s more there are some real health and safety risks associated with council rubbish bags and illegal dumping of rubbish which is contaminating our recycling stations and costing money.
A major review of how we manage rubbish and recycling has just been completed. The findings of this suggest some big changes. These are:
- two separate wheelie bins – one for household rubbish and one for paper, plastics 1 and 2 and tin,
- a crate for glass only.
We are also investigating a separate service where green (garden) waste would be collected.
The new kerbside services will increase recycling options, divert more waste from landfill and address a number of environmental concerns associated with the current services. Now we need your help to shape one of our council’s most important services.
Starting this week, we’ll call for input in a variety of ways, before the Annual Plan consultation in April next year.
You can read more on the proposed changes on our website.