KCDC waste disgrace sees rubbish up by a third! — Eco campaigner
By Alan Tristram
The well-known environmental campaigner Deidre Kent says the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) must change policy to stop increasing the rubbish mountain in the district.
She told Council Annual Plan hearing today that waste went up 36% in four years.
“Well, that means we have to do something very different,” she says in her submission to the Mayor. councillors and staff.
The Council plan is to get waste down by 30% in four years, Ms Kent says.
But the KCDC should not licence companies to deliver 240 litre bins for households as this just encourages more waste, with more green waste going to landfill.
Also, she says, it appears to discourage recycling as this is often just dumped in the big bin. Taupo Council is doing this now using a bylaw.
Deidre Kent’s background(Editor’s note: When Deidre lived in Waikanae in 2003-6 she initiated and co-organised a series of U3A lectures in Sustainability. When in Otaki, she co-founded Transition Towns Otaki and the Otaki Timebank. She is the author of ‘Healthy Money Healthy Planet – Developing Sustainability through New Money Systems,’ snd ‘ 2005 and The Big Shift: Rethinking Money, Tax, Welfare and Governance for the Next Economic System 2017′. She moved back to Waikanae in 2016 and is a member of the fledgling Low Carbon Kapiti group.s properly established. For the submission she consulted widely with other members of this group and rang people all over the country)
‘Now Council must do something’
“Council must do something about preventing organics like food waste and green waste going into landfill as when it is buried it produces methane, a very potent greenhouse gas,” Ms Kent says kin her submission.
“Council should investigate the viability of having a council collection for organics and, in the areas where it is not economic to collect, council should educate on composting by all methods including bokashi,” she says.
“Christchurch City Council has been doing this for years, and Auckland Council is about to start.”
And on pricing, Ms Kent argues that the price of dumping rubbish for landfill must rise and the price of dropping off green waste should drop.