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Last month, TCC decided to introduce a kerbside rubbish, recycling and food waste collection for all residents at a cost of $230 per ratepayer but is there a better way that costs less and is better for the environment?

Both Tauranga City and Western Bay will introduce kerbside collections from July 1 next year. However, the Western Bay Council has stolen a march on Tauranga City by introducing a service that is both better for the environment and rewards those that put out less rubbish.

They’re offering a ‘pay as you throw’ (PAYT) service for general rubbish. Recycling and food waste are covered by general rates as a ‘public good’ but general rubbish is user-pays; you only put your bin out when it’s full which is a powerful incentive to waste less and recycle more. Such a regime benefits those who waste less, seniors, or those living alone. It means they aren’t subsidising people who throw out more rubbish as will occur in Tauranga.

Tauranga City also had the opportunity to adopt a PAYT service like our neighbouring council but to my disappointment this was rejected, by majority, in favour of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Such a blanket approach isn’t ideal for Tauranga because our residents have been used to making their own bespoke arrangements with private waste collectors.

Some of my colleagues and I will be pushing for a PAYT system through next year’s budget and we’ll need your support to get it over the line.

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris