1 April 2014
Community Views Sought on Rubbish and Recycling Collection
Ashburton District Council is calling for residents and business owners to have their say in a survey of options for its rubbish and recycling collection service.
Information and a survey form are being delivered to all homes in the district next week with a range of options and costs for residents to consider. The information and survey will also be available on the Council website.
Neil McCann, Council Group Manager Service Delivery, says the survey is part of a two stage public consultation process to help Council decide the best approach to rubbish and recycling collection in the district.
"We want to understand what the community preferences are what is important to residents in terms of rubbish and recycling collection," says Mr McCann.
"The information provided will enable residents to look at the type of service offered, the cost of each option and the environmental effects of each."
Once Council has evaluated all available information – including the survey results – it will select a preferred option and will consult with the community on that option in June/July this year.
Mr McCann says the survey is a valuable opportunity for people to let Council know what their preferences are regarding rubbish and recycling.
"The results of the survey will be a key part of the information Council will consider, so it is important for people to let us know what they think," says Mr McCann.
Options include retaining the existing bag system or changing to either a two or three wheelie bin system. One of the options includes adding an organics collection - kitchen and garden waste - to the service.
The review of the current service has been prompted in a large part by feedback from the community when Council updated its Waste Management and Minimisation Strategy.
"We received several submissions on the way we collect rubbish and recycling with many wanting a move to a wheelie bin collection," said Mr McCann.
"The Council has responded with a review of the current service and a range of options for residents to look at."
"We hope people take the time to look at the options, consider what they think is best for them, the community and the environment and return the feedback form with their views," says Mr McCann.
Residents have until 5 May to get their completed survey in to Council.