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Council's Cedric Crow and 87-year-old resident Patricia Daly take Waipā​’s new wheelie bins for a spin.​Wheelie bins on the way

Waipa District Council is entering into a new kerbside recycling contract, which will provide two purpose-built wheelie bins for each household: a 140-litre bin for glass and a 240-litre ​bin for all other recyclable items. Wheelie bins will service both rural and urban households in the Waipā district from July 2019.

Frequently asked questions​

1. Why is Waipā changing the way it collects recycling? 

The collapse of the international recycling market has impacted on Waipā’s kerbside recycling service, along with the rest of New Zealand. China is no longer accepting recycling products and this has impacted on councils all over the country. Council's existing contractor could no longer offer the same service, for the same price.

Waipa District Council needed to enter into a new contract with a new supplier. If not, kerbside recycling could not be offered in our district past February 2019. Council did not think this would be acceptable to the community. 

Council re-tendered the kerbside recycling service and has now appointed has a new contractor, Metallic Sweeping, to provide a better and safer collection service involving the use of wheelie bins. The contractor will take over the service from 1 March 2019 but the new wheelie bins will not be in use until July 2019.

2. What are the key changes?

From 1 March to 30 June 2019, Waipā residents will see a different truck collecting their blue recycling crate. Nothing else will change.

From July 2019, Waipā will be introducing wheelie bins. ​Wheelie bins are already successfully used in most other places throughout New Zealand. A new recycling sorting centre will also be built in Te Awamutu.   

3. How many wheelie bins do I get?

Each household will have two wheelie bins.

One will be a large, 240-litre bin for cans, tins, plastic, paper and cardboard. The second will be a smaller 140-litre wheelie bin, just for glass recycling.

​4. How often will my recycling be collected?

The 240-litre wheelie bin for cans and tins will be collected fortnightly. The 140-litre wheelie bin for glass will be collected monthly.

​5. Will all plastics continue to be collected?

Yes, at this stage we will continue to collect all plastics #1 – #7.  

​6. Who pays for the kerbside collection?

The kerbside recycling service will continue to be funded via a district-wide, targeted rate. The current cost works out to about $1 per week for households. It is likely that for the 2019/20 year, that cost will increase because of the one-off expense of the wheelie bins.

However, no final decision has yet been made​ on a change to the targeted rate. This will be discussed with the community during the 2019/20 Annual Plan process. 

7. Who will pay for the wheelie bins?

Council will purchase the wheelie bins initially. The cost of the wheelie bins will be included in the targeted rate and will be paid off over a 14-year period to distribute the expense.

​8. Will there be wheelie bins for both urban and rural areas?

Yes, there will be recycling wheelie bins for both urban and rural households.

​9. What about commercial/industrial premises?

It's possible there may also be recycling wheelie bins for commercial and industrial premises. But first we would need to talk directly to businesses to see if they'd be prepared to pay for the recycling wheelie bin service, as this is not covered by household rates.

10. How would a service for businesses be funded?

This would be funded via a new targeted rate on all commercial and industrial properties.

11. Will there be an alternative for people who cannot use wheelie bins?

Those people unable to manage wheelie bins due to physical disabilities or impairments will be able to apply for a free Council-funded assisted serviceThe assisted service will ensure wheelie bins are pushed to the kerbside for emptying and collection. They will be pushed back again once recycling has been collected. There will be no charge for this extra help, but there will be rules around who can access it. More details will be advised on this closer to the time. It will not be possible to continue with the blue crates instead of switching to wheelie bins.

​12. How will people get this assistance?

That has yet to be worked through but we will advise people in plenty of time.

​13. Where will the recycling sorting centre be built?

The new recycling sorting centre will be built in Te Awamutu, but no further details are yet available.

​14. Will it create any jobs?

Yes, it’s likely to create 7-10 new jobs.

15. Could I drop my own recycling directly to the sorting centre?

The sorting centre will not be open to the public initially, but this might change in the future.

​16. Under the new contract, will any of Waipā’s recycling go to landfill?

Possibly. Unfortunately the value of some lower-grade plastics (#3 - #7) has dropped dramatically and is now worth nothing. This means our contractor cannot make money selling those plastics as previously, but Council still has to pay to collect and sort them.  

Our new contract gives an option to send poor quality plastics to landfill if necessary. However, we will continue to encourage people in our district to minimise the use of those plastics.

The value of mixed paper and cardboard has also dropped significantly and this is something we are also keeping an eye on.

​17. Will Council continue to run a waste minimisation programme?

Yes, definitely, Council will continue to raise awareness about waste minimisation​. This programme is funded by the government, via the Ministry for the Environment.

If we can minimise the consumption of products like plastic, we can lessen our impact on the environment, and protect ourselves from market charges in the recycling and waste sectors.  

​18. When will more information about the new recycling service be available?

We will start providing more information to the community in early 2019. Apart from seeing different trucks collecting the existing blue recycling crates from 1 March, nothing significant will change until July 2019.

​19. When will collection days be?

Those details have yet to be worked through but residents will be advised in plenty of time. Our Collection Day Finder online tool will continue to provide accurate information for your address.

​20. What will people do with their old recycling crate?

Householders will be able to keep their blue recycling crate if they wish. Otherwise, we will collect it when we deliver the new wheelie bins. More details will be advised closer to the time.

​21. Can I purchase an additional glass wheelie bin?

No, as research shows there is plenty of capacity in the 140-litre wheelie bin. And a bin bigger than 140-litres for glass will be too heavy for many people to easily move, and unsafe for the contractor. If you have more glass recycling that the 140-litre bin can hold, you will need to take it to a transfer station as you do now. There may be a charge for that.

​22. Will I be able to get a small wheelie bin for my plastic and tins (rather than the large one?)

Probably yes. We are still working through those details. It will be important to remember that your wheelie bins do not have to be full before you put them out. You should put them out on every collection day.

​23. Can I have a wheelie bin for my rubbish too?

Rubbish collection in Waipā​ is not a service provided by the Council. Rubbish is collected by a private company on a user-pays basis. Council's new recycling contract does not change that. If you would like a wheelie bin for your rubbish, please talk directly to one of the private companies that offers this service.

​24. Will food waste be collected?

At this stage, no, there will not be a food waste collection. But we are watching locations in New Zealand that already have food waste collections to see what system might work best for our district and what it might cost.  

Council will continue to support ways for the community to learn how to reduce food waste. We already support the ‘Food Lovers Master Classes’ with Kate Meads and the free ‘Easy Choice Healthy Kai’ cookbooks. We will also continue to support the national Love Food Hate Waste programme. 

Page reviewed: 18 Dec 2018 8:07am