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30/05/2014 8:30 a.m.
Thursday 29 May 2014
Ashburton District Council’s service delivery committee today adopted a recommendation to further investigate options for rubbish and recycling collection, including the possible introduction of a wheelie bin service.
The decision follows Council’s recent kerbside collection survey which found a majority of residents and business owners are interested in a change to the way waste and recycling is collected in the district.
As is often the case, however, the findings were not conclusive. While 46 percent of survey respondents preferred a three bin wheelie system with an organics collection and a separate crate for glass, only 53 percent of respondents were prepared to pay increased rates for an organics collection.
Consideration will also need to be given to the impact on rates of any move away from the current bag system which generates income in excess of $600,000 a year which is used to pay a large chunk of the rubbish collection costs. Under a wheelie bin option this would need to be rated for.
Andrew Guthrie, Assets Manager, says the next step for Council is to further investigate the various options and come up with a preferred option that best meets community expectations, Council’s waste minimisation requirements and ratepayer affordability.
"Although the results showed people want change and that the three bin wheelie system was popular, many ratepayers were not prepared to pay for this combination," Mr Guthrie said.
"Council now needs to establish whether there is a wheelie bin option that presents value for money for ratepayers – one that is not as costly as the three bin system but still meets the needs of the community.
"This highlights the balancing act Council sometimes faces when looking to accommodate different people’s needs and keeping costs down at the same time," says Mr Guthrie.
Once Council has evaluated all available information, it will present a preferred option for full consultation with the community in August this year.
Andrew GuthrieAssets Manager