Pay-as-you-throw tags on sale now
Pre-paid rubbish bin tags aimed to financially incentivise Western Bay residents to reduce their waste are now on sale.
One month out from Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s new kerbside rubbish and recycling service, starting 1 July, the pay-as-you-throw rubbish tags are available at the following stockists across the District. The recommended retail price is $3.95 for each tag.
The fluorescent orange pre-paid tags are for the red lid rubbish bin component of the new service. The tags and Council’s bins are not to be used before 1 July.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council – Barkes Corner
1484 Cameron Road, Greerton
Te Puke Library and Service Centre
130 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke
The Centre - Pātuki Manawa
21 Main Road, Katikati
Ōmokoroa Library and Service Centre
28 Western Avenue, Ōmokoroa
Waihi Beach Library and Service Centre
106 Beach Road, Waihi Beach
Countdown Te Puke
Boucher Avenue, Te Puke
7 Gravatt Road, Papamoa (Papamoa Plaza)
Whakamarama General Store
1140 State Highway 2
Waihi Beach Dairy
211 Seaforth Road, Waihi Beach
1362 State Highway 2, Ōmokoroa
Pukehina Beach Store & Takeaway
68 Pukehina Parade, Pukehina
778 State Highway 29, Tauriko
19 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem
1/19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui 3116
Countdown Fraser Cove
229-233 Fraser Street, Fraser Cove Shopping Centre, Tauranga South, 3112
618 Cameron Road, Tauranga South, Tauranga 3112
1368 Cameron Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga 3112
|Countdown Katikati||123/131 Main Road, Katikati 3320|
Council Deputy CEO and Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Gary Allis, says Council has attempted to provide an even spread of stockists across the District with more locations to be added ahead of 1 July.
To use the tags from 1 July follow these steps:
- Purchase a tag from one of the selected stockists
- Attach the pay-as-you-throw tag to the red rubbish bin by looping through handle and bin attachment
- Fasten tag
- Place the red lid rubbish bin on the kerb by 7am alongside other bins ready for collection on your collection day.
Gary says on average each household District-wide produces about 640kg of waste per year and these pre-paid tags are an initiative to help reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.
“By implementing a pre-paid system for red lid rubbish bins, each household is only paying for the rubbish they generate and is not bound by a fixed rate – providing a financial incentive for people to reduce their waste.”
Serviced households’ recycling, food waste and glass bins will be collected on a regular basis, but the frequency of the red lid rubbish bin being collected is up to the resident. Only when a pre-paid pay-as-you-throw tag is attached to the bin will it be collected.
The rubbish collection component of the new service is charged through the pay-as-you-throw tags – a pick up cost only charged when people choose to put their red lid rubbish bin out.
This cost is not included in the annual targeted rate being added to eligible households’ rates invoices – $149 for a full service and $98 for a partial service – which covers the recycling component of the service (recycling, glass and food scraps).
“The costs of disposing waste to landfill will continue to increase. To reduce this we all need to think about sending waste from landfill to be recycled or composted,” says Gary.
“Moving from plastic bags to a pay-as-you-throw system is also a better environmental choice for our District.”
For more information on pay-as-you-throw tags and the new kerbside rubbish and recycling service visit kerbsidecollective.co.nz.