Community urged to make a choice on refuse and recycling service

05 May 2017

The community of Pukekawa and parts of the Onewhero area will be deciding the nature of its refuse and recycling service this month.

Waikato District Council has sent letters to residents in Pukekawa and parts of the Onewhero area asking them what service they would prefer when it comes to all things rubbish.

They have three options:

  • A weekly kerbside pre-paid stickered bag refuse collection, including a weekly two-crate recycling collection and an annual inorganic refuse pick-up, funded by a targeted rate of $131.50 per dwelling for from 1 July 2017, plus a pre-paid component for refuse.
  • A monthly drop-off service of recyclable materials only. This would be collected from Pukekawa Hall, Clark and Denize Road and funded by a targeted rate of $40.24 per dwelling from 1 July 2017.
  • No service provided.

The option that receives the majority of support will be the service provided to Pukekawa and the surrounding area.

Council has consulted with the community twice before in 2014 and 2015 to find out if they wanted a weekly refuse and recycling collection. Both times there was not sufficient support to offer the service.

But since 2015, Envirowaste has closed its recycling drop-off service in Pukekohe and attempts to find a suitable drop-off centre in Tuakau this year have so far been unsuccessful.

“The search for a recycling drop-off centre in Tuakau has proved problematic and is on hold until funding is secured through the Long Term Plan process,” says Waikato District Council General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty.

“Considering this, and the fact that people in Pukekawa and parts of Onewhero cannot drop off recycling in Pukekohe any more, it is an opportune time to go out with one more consultation round on this issue.”

Residents who have received a letter from Council have until 2 June to provide their feedback and, as part of the consultation process, an information drop-in session will be held at Pukekawa Hall on 18 May from 4pm-7.30pm.

“It really is important for people to have their say because the option with the majority of responses will be the option that goes ahead,” says Mr Harty.

More information is available on the Waikato District Council website at www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/Pukekawaservice

For more information please contact:
John Brown
Communications Advisor
Waikato District Council
07 824 8633
communications@waidc.govt.nz