Pukekawa refuse and recycling service review

The story so far

Currently the Pukekawa and parts of the Onewhero community receives a monthly recycling collection that is not covered by a targeted rate. 

In the past residents have asked Council to provide rubbish and recycling service that is available to other communities in the Waikato district.  

This service includes a weekly kerbside pre-paid stickered bag refuse collection, weekly two-crate recycling collection, and an annual inorganic refuse collection.

In 2014 and 2015, we asked the community if they wanted a weekly kerbside refuse and recycling collection. On both occasions there was not sufficient support to introduce a weekly collection.

Since 2015, Envirowaste, a privately owned business in Pukekohe, have stopped accepting recycling drop-offs.

There are costs associated for Waikato District Council to continue to provide a monthly drop-off service.

Council has been trying to identify an appropriate location for a recycling drop-off service in Tuakau. This has been problematic and a solution has not yet been found.

This has been placed on hold until further funding is secured through the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan process to continue investigations.  

With this in mind, Council is consulting with the Pukekawa and parts of Onewhero community again and is presenting three options.

The option that receives the most support from respondents is the service that will be provided for everyone.


What are the options?

Option 1

A weekly kerbside pre-paid stickered bag refuse collection (pre-paid stickers are $1.50 and can be placed on bags of up to 60 litres and weighing no more than 20kg)*.

A weekly two crate recycling collection (glass, plastic – types 1, 2 and 5 only, paper and card)*.

An inorganic collection once a year.

The cost of this service would be an annual targeted rate from 1 July 2017 – this would be $131.15 per dwelling for 2017/18, plus a pre-paid component for refuse.

*  For properties on gravel roads, there will be collection from outside the dwelling gate unless there is a restriction on the road that does not allow a rubbish truck to access it safely.

Option 2

A monthly drop-off service of recyclable materials only (glass, plastic – types 1, 2 and 5 only, paper and card). This would continue to be collected from Pukekawa Hall, Clark and Denize Road.

The cost of this service would be an annual targeted rate from 1 July 2017 – this would be $40.24 per dwelling for 2017/18.

Option 3

No service provided.

*   The recycling service will no longer be available.


What happens next?

Have your say! 

We encourage your response so you need to choose whether you want Option 1, Option 2 or Option 3.

Don’t forget, whichever option that receives the majority of support from respondents will be the service provided for everyone.

So, it is important that you take this opportunity to have your say and tell us which option you support.

How do I provide feedback?

A letter will be sent to residents in Pukekawa and parts of Onewhero in early May 2017 and attached to this letter is a feedback form.

Complete all the information required on the form and return it to Waikato District Council by 2 June 2017 in the pre-paid envelope provided.

You can also email your choice to consult@waidc.govt.nz  If you send feedback to this email address, please ensure all correspondence includes your property details and contact information.

Click here to have your say online


How can I find out more?

Get in touch

You can call us free on 0800 492 452 or email us at consult@waidc.govt.nz

Information evening

We will be holding a drop-in information session at the Pukekawa Hall on 18 May 2017 from 4pm-7.30pm.

We look forward to answering any questions. Feedback forms can also be submitted at this time.

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