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.’