KCDC on Yellow Bags

Envirowaste bins — but no yellow bags for the Coast from now on

Council has no plans to keep ‘yellow bag’ service going

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast Council has told KIN that it has no firm plans to replace the ‘yellow bag’ waste disposal service despite widespread public concern.

It’s outlined various ideas, but has admitted that effectively it has handed the job over to private enterprise, which is now ending the service.

KCDC says: ‘We have received a range of queries through our Call Centre, which are going through to our Solid Waste and Minimisation Team, who are helping customers work through the changes.

‘This includes highlighting the range of alternative options available, including signing up for a combine waste and recycling bin service, talking with neighbours or family about sharing, or taking rubbish and recycling to one of the transfer stations on the Coast (recycling is free to dispose of at our transfer stations, rubbish disposal ranges in cost.

‘But if someone was to take a black bag full of rubbish it would cost approximately $4.40 – $5 to dispose of, which is a cost set by the operators of the transfer station.) If people have a stock of yellow bags, EnviroWaste have committed to providing refunds.

‘The long -term plan is the process for the community to have their say on the big issues that affect our community.

‘If people feel strongly that Council should offer the service, they should share their thoughts via the Long Term Plan process which is about to ramp up over the next few weeks. If, following detailed analysis, Council decides to go down this path in the future, then it will be reflected in rates to cover costs.’

The ceasing of Kapiti’s ONLY rubbish bag service is the Council’s fault. This is an utter setvice failure. Around 3,000 homes are weekend/holiday homes. Rubbish bins left out for days are a neon sign to burglars. Futhermore all Kapiti households gets annual leave or go on urgent trips away for work or funerals etc. They will no longer be able to put out a rubbish bag out before going away on holiday. The lack of a bag service will result in rubbish stockpiling and illegal dumping which will attract rats. And if that wasn’t enough perverse incentives, low waste generators are being penalised by this change when society should be praising and rewarding them.

I’m a low rubbish generator. I’m not elderly. I work hard long hours and commute daily to Wellington. This means I don’t get the luxury of being home to cook home-cooked meals. I generate less than 20 litres of rubbish a week because I buy and recycle responsibly. I only generate 5-6 rubbish bags a year. Many are partially full. But I generate less than a bin of recycling per month. Removal of the bag service means I will need to stockpile rubbish and freeze food waste until I have enough to warrant a trip to the tip or an ad hoc pick up. Which puts even more barrier cycle steps in the way of me doing the right thing by my neighbours and our environment. Kapiti Coast District Council need to own this and fix it. FAST.

Suggest that if Council don’t want to provide rubbish bags they sell stickers that can go on plain black bags and can be delivered to tip.If older users are forced to use bins they will be filled with recycling and green waste along with rubbish this will fill tips with unwanted items.As commented by many people older people have little rubbish and only put bag our 4 to 6 weeks

And many other problems – many people rightly for environmental reasons manage to make very little rubbish, putting out a bag every four or six weeks. They are not catered for by any of the alternatives, and if buying a weekly service, will have the price put up many times. It does NOT encourage lack of waste as the price mechanism and policy should do.

When the council went out of rubbish collection we were assured that it would be business as usual. When the operators complained about the paper rubbish bags the plastic bag was offered as a solution.
The whole exercise was a typical ‘bait and switch’. Now we have the mayor putting up a straw man argument that the council would be priced out of the competition if it were to restore this core service. All that tells me is that we have a bloated council. The council could of course insist that that the transfer station accept bags, if delivered. The idea that they are ineffectual or impotent is purely a convenient state of mind (excepting the mayor of course who may qualify) .
The losers in this are the elderly who will struggle with plastic bins, particularly if they have poor or difficult access.

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