The cost of rubbish disposal is on the rise. Because of this, the price of rubbish bags will increase from $3.00 to $3:65. Charges at the Paeroa and Waihi refuse transfer stations are also increasing.
The changes are effective from Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Last year, we absorbed some of the annual waste disposal increases and kept the changes as low as possible, given the financial pressures on our communities due to Covd-19. This year Covid-19 is still creating uncertain times and we know the financial pressure hasn’t changed.
However, if we don’t meet some of the increases now, the cost of service will be unsustainable in the future.
Kerbside audit reveals way to reduce reliance on yellow bags
Yellow rubbish bags are a user pays cost and not covered by rates. The good news is a recent audit of kerbside rubbish in the district revealed that with some simple changes, we can all reduce our reliance on the bags - the audit showed 63% of what goes into the yellow rubbish bags could be diverted from landfill by composting and recycling.
From refusing single use plastics to composting - rethinking what we buy and how we dispose of it is the key to reducing the amount of rubbish we throw away.
One thing that must go in your yellow bags though - your used disposable face masks
Just a reminder that face masks are a potential health risk for those sorting recycling, so they must go in your yellow rubbish bag.
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