Ten new colour coded public recycling and rubbish bins will be installed throughout the Clutha District in time for summer.
Clutha District Council’s Waste Officer/Project Engineer Steve Clarke said the bins were part of a two year trial being run by The Packaging Forum aimed at reducing litter and increase recycling and was part of an overall campaign to encourage Kiwis to “Let’s put litter in its place”.
“The majority of visitors to the region, both domestic and international, have an expectation of being able to recycle however Clutha is sadly lacking in this regard,” Mr Clarke said.
Mr Clarke said The Packaging Forum will supply Council with 10 sets of three-way (Waste/Recycle/Waste) bins and would cover the cost of manufacture and delivery of the bin sets to Balclutha.
“Council will be responsible for the emptying and maintenance of the bins and will provide data to The Packaging Forum around the waste and recyclables collected, emptying frequencies and any community feedback.
At the end of the trial Council will retain ownership of the bins.
Mr Clarke said Clutha did not have any public place recycling in place and the bins would give residents more options to recycle.
“While recycling can be dropped off at Mt Cooee Landfill and regional transfer stations, the transfer stations are only open for a couple of hours a week and so the general public and visitors have little options available to dispose of their daily recycling like a newspaper or a drink can or plastic bottle.”
Not only would the trial will allow Council to introduce Public Place Recycling but also be able to measure its effectiveness.
Mr Clarke said rather than replacing the existing three bin setups in Kaka Point, Owaka and Clinton Council staff decided to put the new bins out in locations to be complimentary to the current bin locations.
The sites, a mix of residential and tourist locations, are yet to be finalised but are expected to be throughout the Clutha District.
In order to make it easier for people to distinguish their recycling from their rubbish the bins featured national consistency about the colour of the bins; use of multiple languages and clear signage; as well as utilising technology to reduce overflow and make collection systems more efficient.
“The bins are set up with “specialised” technology that provided an alert system to the collector so that they are emptied on demand not on a schedule.
Delivery of bins was expected in mid- November with the aim of installing the bins in early December.