The way we deal with waste

By: Garry Webber

Words from the Western Bay Mayor
by Garry Webber

We’re changing the way we deal with waste in the Western Bay of Plenty, and you have an important role to play.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is starting a council-run kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service designed to increase the amount of material diverted from landfill by about 60 per cent (around 1800 tonnes a year).

In July this year we are embarking on a district-wide rubbish and recycling collection service that aims to change the way Western Bay residents manage their household rubbish.

This is a big step, and a first for this council.

For years we have intentionally stayed clear of operating an in-house rubbish collection service. But the time has come when all councils have a responsibility to play their part in reducing the amount of rubbish that’s going into our landfills.

All you need to know about Western Bay’s rubbish and recycling service can be viewed on council’s Kerbside Collective website, at:, which is a one-stop shop for all information on the new wheeled bin service.

You will also be receiving a letter in your mailbox that gives you all of the information plus details of the bins that we will deliver to your doorstep. The bins are being delivered from early May so that everyone is prepared for the start of the service in July.

I urge you to read the information carefully so that when the service starts on Thursday, 1 July, we can all work together and improve the way we manage our rubbish and recycling.

We have demo sets of bins at all of our Western Bay library and service centres, so you can check out what bin sizes and options will be offered, and you can ask our customer service teams about anything you are unsure of.

Clearly there is a cost to this kerbside service. This cost will be charged per ratepayer through an annual targeted rate. Savings come through as a result of our decision not to charge for the actual picking up of the rubbish – be it weekly or fortnightly.

People can choose how often they get their rubbish collected and only pay $3.95 per pick up (by putting a pre-purchased tag on their bin). This is an additional cost to the targeted annual rate for the service.

The annual targeted rate per urban household receiving the service will be $149 (for mixed recycling, glass and food scraps collections). For rural households the annual targeted rate will be $98 (recycling and glass collections, but no food scraps collection).

While this new service will be delivered to 80 per cent of our Western Bay residents, there are some properties in remote areas that the service will not reach. Properties not serviced will not be charged anything.

It’s going to take a complete team effort to improve the way we recycle. But together, I believe we can make real progress in tackling our landfill problem.