Waste Disgrace In Kāpiti

Jeremy Smith reports the eight-year, $1.6 million, programme to cut landfill waste from piti has made absolutely no difference.

In fact, the district’s homes and businesses are producing more waste including greenhouse gases.

That’s a conclusion from the council’s Waste Management Taskforce which reported back this week after seven months’ work.

The amount of kerbside waste went up from 208 kilograms person in 2010 to an estimated 270kg this year, a rise of more than 25 per cent.

Likewise the amount of waste going to landfills from Kapiti was 411kg per person in 2010, but this year is expected to be 538 kg, also a rise of 24 per cent.

Hokio landfill takes Kapiti’s waste

Neither up nor down

The news is better for kerbside recycling: it has not gone up, but it has not gone down either.

The report writers note that increased waste is a result of economic and population growth.. but it is not the result the Kapiti council was looking for. You can contact few services that makes sure the necessary items are delivered to your door to manage and control the amount of waste generating in your area. Even with companies like EZ Woodstock Junk Removal sorting out waste disposal in an Eco-friendly manner, the landfills keep increasing. The Classic Cleanouts junk removal can help clearing the space.

The taskforce report notes that the price for roll off dumpsters for food and green waste make up about one third of waste going into transfer stations and about half the material picked up from kerbsides.

Major source of global warming

It is also a significant source of greenhouse gases – a major source of global warming.

Taskforce member and Greypower representative Kevin Burrows said the current kerbside c.ollection system is not working and  noted it was an issue in the council elections this year.

Deirdre Kent of Low Carbon Kapiti said the methane gas problem could be tackled by wide-spread composting.

Deidre Kent

The report said a “hotrot” composting system like one just installed commercially in Wanganui could be the way to produce the compost.

The cost

But the cost, about$550,000 might have to be partly met by the KCDC. And for the system to work commercially it has to have enough a certain amount of green material coming through all the time.

The Taskforce report says the existing transfer station at Otaihanga could be the base for the expanded composting.

The Taskforce comprised eight people- including Mayor Gurunathan and councillor Jackie Elliott,  representatives of the district’s three iwi, Kevin Burrows and Deirdre Kent, Paekakariki’s Sophie Handford- now a KCDC councillor.

The chair was former NZ navy chief David Ledson

I take my own rubbish to the transfer stn because I was incensed at the changes which KCDC allowed to be brought in by the multi companies which penalised those of us who have very little rubbish.
First – we get several trucks picking up rubbish and several more collecting the recycling when if this was taken back in-house all it would take is 2 trucks each week. The emissions and pollution, and the wear and tear on our roads is out of control.
Second – I can’t recycle a lot of things – certain plastics, soft plastics, etc. Luckily I compost so don’t have a lot of actual landfill rubbish which is mainly non-recyclable plastic.
Third – I try and buy without all the packaging (it’s mostly supermarket products, but have a look around a hardware store and it’s as bad) but it’s impossible not to end up with quite a lot of plastic waste. Council could be proactive in not allowing highly packaged goods to be sold in our district as I feel this is the sort of pressure it will take to force producers to change. All those single use plastics (which are supposed to actually be banned) are everywhere.

Please could the council at least do a cost/benefit of in-house rubbish collection rather than contracting this core service out together with a food/garden waste collection.
All the other core services such as spraying needs to be brought back in-house as well as contractors have been spraying the edges when children are on the way to school.
Take back control please.

For domestic users at least, the KCDC in-house system of rubbish using pre-paid paper bags was convenient and easy, particularly for the elderly or persons with poor street access. It is hard to believe that the ‘outsourcing ‘decision was thought through. The successful contractors swiftly eliminated the paper then plastic bags as being inefficient. Bins were then foisted on the public, like it or not, with the council publicly stating “it was out of their hands”. Having paid for a bin, why would the consumer let it go empty? The easy (lazy) thing to do is to top it up with green waste, used motor oil and what used to be recycled.


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