Waste Management

Council owns and operates a landfill in Tokoroa and a transfer station in Putaruru. Greenwaste mulching takes place in Tokoroa. All of these sites are managed for Council by private operators in accordance with Council's Landfill Management Plans.

 

Council provides weekly refuse and fortnightly kerbside recyclable collection from urban areas paying for this service, in Arapuni, Putaruru, Tirau and Tokoroa.

 

  • Tuesday - Putaruru and Arapuni
  • Wednesday - parts of Tokoroa (central - bordered by State Highway 1, Baird Road, Maraetai Road and Elizabeth Drive), and Amisfield
  • Thursday - parts of Tokoroa (south of Maraetai Road)
  • Friday - Tirau and parts of Tokoroa (north of Baird Road) (west of Elizabeth Drive, between Baird Road and Maraetai Road) and Baird Road out to FVHS

The litter collection service ensures that there are adequate bins in public places and that these are properly maintained and emptied. General litter collection from kerbs and channels, some road berms and water tables is also part of this service. There has been increasing expenditure to deal with illegal dumping and cars illegally abandoned on roadsides.

 

Council has introduced an anti-littering anti-dumping campaign called Biff it in the Bin. The campaign is three-fold: increased level of service, education/promotion and infringements/prosecution. Council has introduced an infringement regime.

New recycling bins have been placed recently in the Tokoroa CBD. The Litter Collection service is funded 100% through Uniform Annual General Charge and/or Additional Dwelling(s) Rate.

Council provides weekly refuse and fortnightly kerbside recyclable collection from defined areas (mostly urban) paying for this service, in Arapuni, Putaruru, Tirau and Tokoroa. The Refuse Collection service is funded 100% through a targeted rate on a uniform basis on each separately used or inhabited portion of a rating unit.

Council does not operate hazardous waste disposal systems except for receiving surplus agrichemicals at Tokoroa. These are destroyed by Environment Waikato as a regional service.

The future of our rubbish

There is an increasing expectation of Council to provide cost effective kerbside refuse and recycling services, and promote waste minimisation.

The 'Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2012-2017' was adopted to 'promote effective and efficient waste management within its district. The key policy initiatives are summarised below:

Community recycling: to introduce a district wide recycling charge, and separate the collection and processing activities on Council sponsored recycling. Council will provide a covered sorting facility for the South Waikato Achievement Trust to continue their processing of recyclables, and introduce large recycling crates to most urban properties.  [Recently introduced in July 2012, funded through the waste levy, not rates.]

Kerbside refuse collection: to introduce a combined long term contract for refuse bags and recycling collections to promote effciencies and safety. The official bag collection costs have been split; rates pay for the bag collection, 'user pays' funds the cost of the bag and its disposal. [Recently we changed the system so that now official bags are sold in packs of five bags and bar coded for convenience from a number of retail outlets. Kerbside 'wheelie bins' can continue but non green waste bins will be restricted to 120 litre capacity by agreement under the Solid Waste Bylaw.]

Refuse disposal: to critically examine the viability of the Tokoroa landfill when the current space is filled and the main resource consent is due to expire at the end of this decade. Council will continue to value diversion of wastes from the landfill face, and partner with industry for cost effecitve dispoal facilities.

Litter

The litter collection service ensures that there are adequate bins in public places and that these are properly maintained and emptied. General litter collection from kerbs and channels, some road berms and water tables is also part of this service. There has been increasing expenditure to deal with illegal dumping and cars illegally abandoned on roadsides. New litter bins are planned for Putaruru during the next three years. The balance of litter receptacles are replaced on a regular basis. The Litter Collection service is funded 100% through Uniform Annual General Charge and/or Additional Dwelling(s) Rate.

Page reviewed: 10 Feb 2014 1:14am