Auckland will come under a uniform dispsoer-pays system for refuse collection as the council has decided to extend the disposer-pays region wide and introduce wheelie bins across the region. Currently, only certain regions of Auckland (West Auckland and North Shore) have disposer-pays system for rubbish collection.
Following public submissions, Auckland Council adopted a new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) to reduce the 1.2 million tonnes of waste Auckland currently sends to landfill each year â€“ an amount that would cover the rugby field at Eden Park to twice the height of the Sky Tower annually.
About 80% of submitters supported the target of a 30% reduction in domestic kerbside waste sent to landfill by 2018, says Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse.
â€œNow itâ€™s time to roll up our sleeves and work with the waste industry, businesses, local boards and the community to achieve this ambitious goal.â€
However, Penny was quick to allay fears that illegal dumping would spike when disposer-pays is introduced.
â€œThe council data shows illegal dumping did not increase when the former North Shore and Waitakere councils made the change to disposer pays.
â€œBy carrying out comprehensive education, monitoring and enforcement action as they did weâ€™re confident any increase in illegal dumping will be limited.
â€œHouseholders will be able to choose the size of refuse bin they use and how often they put it out for collection.
â€œSo even if additional rubbish is added by another person, the householder will not pay more, as the charge is per lift, not by weight.â€
The actions outlined in the plan will be rolled out in stages during the next few years, following work to ensure households and businesses are prepared for changes.
â€œMajor changes to kerbside collections will not start until 2015, as current contracts expire.
â€œA lot of communication and community education will happen prior to ensure people know how they can reduce waste and keep user-changes to a minimum, particularly in Manukau and central Auckland where disposer-pays for rubbish will be new but where targeted rates for rubbish collection will reduce.â€
THE NEW PLAN INCLUDES:
Introducing new wheelie bins across the region, with a choice of bin sizes from 60 litre to 240 litre in urban areas and the option of a pre-paid bag for rural areas and the Hauraki Gulf islands
Retaining a rates-funded recycling collection, with a choice of wheelie bins ranging in size from 140 litre to 360 litre and an increase in the range of recyclables accepted
Introducing a rates-funded organic waste collection in urban areas
Providing a rates-funded inorganic collection across the region