Recycling changes

Many households over Wellington will have got a letter from the council this week asking if they would like their regular green recycling bin to be replaced with a 140 litre wheelie bin (or plastic recycling bags if you’re property isn’t “accessible”).

They will be used in conjunction with the existing bins, with the wheelie bins used for plastic, paper and tins, and the old bins used for glass. The different types of bins will be collected on alternative weeks.

The council have put together a very informative website with information on the changes. Take a look.

The one problem I see with this is that many Wellingtonians will struggle to haul their wheelie bins up or down the often very steep paths from their homes to the curb. Perhaps the expense of wheelie bins could have been spared simply by having a different colour bin of the same design?

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4 responses to “Recycling changes

  1. “The one problem I see with this is that many Wellingtonians will struggle to haul their wheelie bins up or down the often very steep paths from their homes to the curb. Perhaps the expense of wheelie bins could have been spared simply by having a different colour bin of the same design?”

    Presumably this is why the recycling bag alternative is offered.

  2. “Perhaps the expense of wheelie bins could have been spared simply by having a different colour bin of the same design?”

    If they’re planning on alternating between plastic/paper/tin and glass, why not just use the same bin on different weeks? Print some stickers which list what will be picked up on which days if need be.

  3. That’s annoying. Apparently the council looked at my property and saw that it had steps leading to the house, and as a result I’m forbidden from getting one of those bins. They’ve offered to supply me with plastic bags instead, but bagging recycling is a hell of a lot less convenient than chucking it in a bin, and introducing extra plastic bags into the mix kind of goes against the spirit of recycling. I’d be happy to drag a wheelie bin up and down my steps. Why can’t I have one?

  4. Why did we abandon the old green bins for all our recycling? Apparently because of litter, and health and safety (eg, weight of lifting the old bins). Originally bags were mooted as the solution (for a $1 a bag based on cost recovery). Ratepayers protested on charges for recycling. So $400k later, we have larger bins that can be lifted by machine and also don’t litter (if the lid is kept down or not blown over). Yet the irony is that the old green bins will be retained for heavier objects (eg glass), which makes the reason for introducing the larger bins (eg health and safety)a farce. As workers still have to lift the old bins full of glass, as well as bags. By contrast Hutt council (who use the same old green bins) issued more bins for those who needed more capacity (rather than buy a larger bin) and provided elasticated net covers to top littering. Kind of sensible really. Issuing stickers for different types of rubbish (or collecting on different 2-weekly cycles) is an equally sensible idea. Our council on the other hand has allowed plastic bags to slip in though the back door by stealth, and $400k spent on new larger bins (the recovery of this investment paid for by cuts to rubbish collection). One wonders how far away it is before charging is back on the agenda for the bags (that are not recycled like bins)? Already it is not clear if you will be charged for more bags? Heaven forbid what you will be charged if a larger bin is damaged or lost?

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