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30/06/2017 4:00 p.m.
Friday 30 June, 2017
More residents will be able to dispose of their
rubbish and recycling using the new wheelie bin service when it rolls out in
the district this year, after Ashburton District Council yesterday voted to
extend the kerbside collection boundary.
Some properties that lie outside the current kerbside
collection areas in Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia North and Winslow, as well as
those in Fairton and Lake Hood will join urban properties in receiving the
wheelie bins when the new system begins on 1 September.
“The extended collection areas will receive the same
service that towns will receive, and will be a part of the rates charges,”
Council Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin says. “It will mean that if any of
these residents have been purchasing Ashburton District Council rubbish bags to
take to the resource recovery parks, they will no longer need to do so.
“Wheelie bin services have developed and matured
around New Zealand over the last 25 years, and we feel confident residents will
be receiving an effective and efficient service this September.
“Yesterday’s decision is also great news for our
environment and our waste reduction goals. Wheelie bin systems have been proven
to increase the amount of recycling collected, as they are a straightforward
and easy to use system. We therefore expect the wheelie bins will have great
outcomes for our district in reducing on-property waste burning and increasing
Properties in the extended boundary, as well as those
already receiving Council kerbside collection services will receive an 80 litre
red waste bin, a 240 litre yellow recycling bin and a 45 litre green crate for
glass bottles and jars when the bins are delivered to households in August.
The decision to extend the kerbside collection
boundary follows a number of community consultations held earlier this year.
Residents in the proposed extended areas were asked to provide feedback on
whether they wanted to join the wheelie bin service in March, with 73.9 per
cent saying yes.
Council then consulted on its Revenue and Finance Policy, as the proposed extended
service would impact rating areas. Two submissions were received, and the
Revenue and Finance Policy was formally adopted at the Council meeting
Residents wishing to check if their property falls in
the new kerbside collection area can access maps on the Council website.
More information on the wheelie bin service is also