Te para me te hangarua | Rubbish and recycling

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Council made a decision on rubbish and recycling on 15 September. View the meeting agendaFor more information go to hutt.city/binchanges.

Kia ora, thanks for joining the conversation. We have some options to make kerbside rubbish and recycling better in Lower Hutt, and we want to know what you think.

You may remember we asked you about waste earlier in the year. We listened to your feedback and are now proposing four options for kerbside rubbish collection, and a solution for recycling and green waste.

It’s important you feel informed about what these options will mean for your household.

On this site you’ll find information about how we got here, details about the collection options and how they may affect your rates. We've also put together some frequently asked questions, and if you want to know the full details - check out the key documents.

Have your sayOnce you're ready, tell us which option you prefer. Simply go to the feedback form and have your say.

What happens nextCouncil will meet on 15 September 2020 and will use your feedback to help make a decision on which option we'll go with. We’re aiming for the new system to be in place by 1 July 2021.

Kia ora, thanks for joining the conversation. We have some options to make kerbside rubbish and recycling better in Lower Hutt, and we want to know what you think.

You may remember we asked you about waste earlier in the year. We listened to your feedback and are now proposing four options for kerbside rubbish collection, and a solution for recycling and green waste.

It’s important you feel informed about what these options will mean for your household.

On this site you’ll find information about how we got here, details about the collection options and how they may affect your rates. We've also put together some frequently asked questions, and if you want to know the full details - check out the key documents.

Have your sayOnce you're ready, tell us which option you prefer. Simply go to the feedback form and have your say.

What happens nextCouncil will meet on 15 September 2020 and will use your feedback to help make a decision on which option we'll go with. We’re aiming for the new system to be in place by 1 July 2021.

Council made a decision on rubbish and recycling on 15 September. View the meeting agendaFor more information go to hutt.city/binchanges.

  • Recycling

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    16 Jul 2020
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    We are proposing a change to recycling. The current kerbside collection service using crates has not been reviewed for many years.

    New system

    We are proposing that households would receive a 240-litre wheelie bin for mixed recycling, and a crate or wheelie bin for glass - both collected fortnightly.

    This would mean an increase in the current $40 per annum targeted rate to an estimated total of $105 per property from 1 July 2021. This would apply to all households. The current community recycling stations would be removed. This does not include the recycling station at Seaview, which is run by a private company.

    We’ve developed this proposal as a way of addressing problems with the current system, and we’d value your feedback.

    Households would also be able to opt for a smaller wheelie bin for recyclables such as a 120-litre bin. The targeted rate remains the same regardless of bin size.

    Current system

    Council charges $40 per annum as a targeted rate to households that are able to receive this service. The advice Council has received during its review of the recycling service is that the existing crate service cost is expected to increase to an estimated $116 per annum from 1 July 2021. This is largely because of higher processing costs, changing market values for recyclables and less efficient manual collection methods.

    Recycling in schools

    As part of the recycling change, we’re also considering making this service free to the 200 or so schools, early childhood centres and kohanga reo in our city.

    This would mean that the cost of providing free services to schools could be spread across ratepayers. Based on information from a neighbouring council that has implemented this practice, the cost (if funded by households) would be less than $2 per annum.

    We would include this in our next LTP consultation, and would like to hear your views leading up to this.

  • Rubbish - Option 1: Council provides a fortnightly rubbish collection service (Council's preferred option)

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    16 Jul 2020
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    Households would receive a 240-litre wheelie bin collected fortnightly.

    There will be some flexibility to choose a different size bin with a targeted rate reflecting the size of the bin. It’s likely a fee would be charged for this separately and the details for this will be worked out in the coming year.

    An 80-litre or 120-litre bin could be selected but this would have to be by 31 March each year because of the way rates are set.

    Estimated targeted rate per property per annum from 1 July 2021 (based on fortnightly collection)

    • $115 for a 240-litre bin (default size)
    • $80 for an 80-litre bin
    • $90 for a 120-litre bin

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  • Rubbish - Option 2: Council provides a pay-as-you-throw rubbish collection service

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    16 Jul 2020
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    Households would receive a 120-litre bin as part of a pay-as-you-throw wheelie bin service.

    Households would only pay when the bin contents were collected.

    Actual costs to households would depend on how frequently the bin was emptied and on sufficient numbers of households taking this up to make it a viable option.

    Estimated user fee per property per annum from 1 July 2021 (based on weekly collection):

    • $234 for a 120-litre bin if bin emptied weekly
    • If the bin is emptied less frequently the cost would be: $117 per annum for fortnightly collection, $58.50 per annum for four-weekly collection, or $4.50 per pick up.

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  • Rubbish - Option 3: Council provides a weekly rubbish collection service

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    Households would receive a 120-litre wheelie bin collected weekly.

    There will be some flexibility to choose a different size bin with a targeted rate reflecting the size of the bin. It’s likely a fee would be charged for this separately and the details for this will be worked out in the coming year.

    An 80-litre or 240-litre bin could be selected but this would have to be by 31 March each year because of the way rates are set.

    Estimated targeted rate per property per annum from 1 July 2021 (based on weekly collection):

    • $144 for a 120-litre bin
    • $114 for an 80-litre bin
    • $288 for a 240-litre bin

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  • Rubbish - Option 4: Council no longer offers a rubbish collection service

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    16 Jul 2020
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    Instead of Council providing a rubbish collection service, households would pay a private rubbish bin service provider

    Estimated user fee per property per annum from 1 July 2021 (based on weekly collection) current market prices:

    • $285 for a 120-litre bin based on an average price*
    • $242 for an 80-litre bin based on an average price
    • $411 for a 240-litre bin based on an average price

    *Business case provided an indicative cost. As at February 2020 the price range for this service was $245 to $325 per annum, ascertained from pricing information publicly available on service provider websites. We’ve used a figure midway through the range for the purposes of this estimate.

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  • Green waste optional add-on

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    16 Jul 2020
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    Council provides an opt-in green waste collection service

    We could give your household a 240-litre green waste wheelie bin that would be collected every four weeks.

    You'd only pay for this service if you opt-in by 31 March each year. The green waste bin would only be for garden waste, not food waste.

    Estimated targeted rate per property from 1 July 2021 (based on four-weekly collection): $95 optional cost per annum.

    This price is based on 50% of Lower Hutt households taking part - the cost would be lower if more people opt-in.