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Improved recycling services to start next July

October 3rd, 2014
[TDC press release]

The Tasman District Council has accepted a proposal from their waste management contractor, Smart Environmental, which will divert more waste from landfill over the next eight years.

The recycling capacity for each residential household will increase from 60 to 150 litres per week. The improved services will make it easier for residents to recycle, allow more recycling to be collected and keep the materials clean and dry.

There will be no changes to the extent of collection routes for recycling and rubbish bag services, although some collection days and times will change.

The key features of the changes, to be introduced from July next year, are:

  • The introduction of 240 litre wheelie bins (Mobile Recycling Bins or MRBs) for a new fortnightly kerbside collection of mixed recyclable materials, combined with a collection of glass in the existing recycling crates;
  • A new materials recovery facility for sorting recyclable materials at the Richmond Resource Recovery Centre;
  • Continued sale and collection of Council's 45 and 60 litre rubbish bags, with a weekly collection service; and
  • A new fleet of collection vehicles and other mobile plant for safer and more efficient services across the District.

The new recycling facility in Richmond will be future proofed, with growth in mind and will have scope to add commercial recycling and materials from outside the Tasman District.

The new services and facilities will be delivered at no additional cost to the Council or the community, while increasing the convenience of recycling and greatly improving regional waste minimisation.

The new kerbside services will commence in July next year, and over the next six months Council will be notifying all affected Tasman residents, ratepayers and communities with full details.

Currently Smart Environmental process over 3800 tonnes of recyclables each year, 2600 tonnes of which is collected at the kerbside. Council expects recycling volumes to increase between 10 to 20% in the first year of operation, reducing Tasman's total waste to landfill.


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