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In defence of the kerbside bins

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I have to admit to being slightly bemused by some of the media commentary on the introduction of a council-led kerbside waste and recycling service from July 2021.

What’s not to like, after all?

The new system will save most households money (and many a lot of money); it will progressively and significantly reduce the amount of household waste we send to landfill (currently 70 truckloads of rubbish travel over the Kaimais every week from Tauranga to a landfill in Hampton Downs, equating to some 90,000 tonnes per year); it will eliminate the duplication of services which currently exists, cutting back on the number of rubbish trucks circulating around the city; and it will reduce our carbon and waste footprints.

Looking at the negative commentary, a few things stand out.

“Kerbside collections will add 7% to our rates” – This is true, but ignores the fact that for most people, the targeted kerbside rate simply........

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