Rural roadside rubbish and recycling is a go

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12 July 2018

Roadside rubbish and recycling is on its way to Rerewhakaaitu, Reporoa and Waikite Valley!  

Fifteen hundred  wheelie bins are currently being prepped for delivery to the three rural areas this month with collections expected to start from 1 August.

As part of the 2018-2028 Long-term Plan Council agreed to extend the current urban wheelie bin rubbish and recycling service to residents in Rerewhakaaitu, Reporoa and Waikite Valley.

Rotorua Rural Community Board chair Shirley Trumper is looking forward to seeing the service set up.

“It’s been a long road to get to this point. It’s been two years of consultation with these communities and I’m glad that something will be in place very soon,” she says.

“Residents in these areas have wanted access to a roadside rubbish and recycling service and we wanted to make sure that what is going to be delivered reflects what the community has asked for.

“There may be a few teething problems but Council and Smart Environmental will work alongside the Rural Community Board to make sure we get the service right.”

All going well bin deliveries should be completed by the 20 July so that there is time to start filling them up for the first collections.

The service will be the same as that provided in Rotorua’s urban areas - a 140 litre general rubbish wheelie bin, a 240 litre recycling wheelie bin and a 45 litre crate for glass.

General rubbish will be collected weekly and recycling will be collected fortnightly. All instructions for how to use the service will be provided in a booklet which will be delivered with the bins and crates.

The extension of the rubbish and recycling services to the rural areas is in response to several rounds of public consultation during which residents supported the establishment of the same roadside service that is delivered in the urban areas.

Letters have been sent to residents in the affected areas with details about the new service.

Why are these rural areas receiving this service now?
Waste minimisation and sustainable waste services have been top priorities identified by Council as part of the Rotorua 2030 Vision and the district Waste Strategy, which was adopted in 2016.

Council’s aim is to provide, where possible, every dwelling in the district with access to waste and recycling collection services with the objective of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, increasing recycling and reducing the impact of waste disposal on the environment.

Following direct consultation with rural communities during 2016 and 2017, and during 2018-2018 Long-term Plan consultation and discussions with the Rotorua Rural Community Board, it has been determined the majority of rural residents want access to convenient and efficient rubbish and recycling services.

What will it cost?
The cost of the service is being equalised so every dwelling across the district that receives the service is charged the same going forward.

2018/2019 rates
Ratepayers with existing services – from 1 July 2018 = $172.75 plus GST (full year)
Ratepayers receiving new extended service – from 1 August 2018 = $143.38 plus GST (part year)

I’m a rural resident but not in these areas – what do I do with my rubbish now?
While consultation was ongoing rural residents were offered a temporary service whereby official council rubbish bags could be dropped at the Rotorua Landfill free of charge. This service was in place until 30 June 2017 but was extended to 30 June 2018.

During the rounds of consultation it was made clear that once a final decision had been made as to the extension of services the interim service would stop.

If you were using the interim service and are not in an area that will be receiving a roadside service you will need to make your own arrangements for waste disposal at a transfer station, at the landfill or using a private service. Alternatively, you can speak to Council’s waste team to see if there are other options available to you.

Where do I put my bins?
When your bins and crate are delivered they will be placed in the spot from where the contractor wants to collect them.  Each week this is where your bins will be collected.

Due to the direction of the truck’s collection route, some roads can only be serviced in one direction. In other places where the terrain may restrict service delivery at the gate, best alternative placement of bins will be discussed with the householder.

I don’t think bins are going to be suitable for where I live – what should I do?
We encourage you to give the service a go first. If there are difficulties or you have concerns after trying it out contact Council on 07 348 4199 and Council and Smart Environmental staff will work with you to find a solution.

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Page reviewed: 12 Jul 2018 1:00pm