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Council-Run Rubbish Service Explored

March 23, 2018

A 6-8 percent rates increase could be on the cards if the Kapiti Council takes on a wheely bin and recycling service to replace the discontinued yellow rubbish bags.

 

That’s if  KCDC decides on either of two potential options for setting up a Council-led rubbish service.

 

Following community–wide discussion, the council says it has been investigating estimated costs and rates impacts for the service.

 

One option is a council-contracted, led and administered service costing of around $4.6 million to $5 million per year.

 

This figure would equate to average annual cost of around $230-$250 to a household, is similar to what other councils pay and would mean about an 8 per cent rates increase.

 

The other option is council buying trucks, bins and employing staff at a cost closer to $3.2 to $3.8milion in annual operating costs, equating to about a 6 per cent rates increase.

 

In both scenarios, existing licensed operators could continue to offer services and influence the market by providing a service at a lower cost than Council.

 

Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says the estimates are indicators only and will need further detailed analysis.

 

He says “People who don’t want to sign up for a bin service can use our transfer stations for both rubbish and recycling, or they could consider sharing bins or trips to the station with neighbours or family.

 

In the meantime, Mr Mallon reminded residents of the range of options currently available for waste disposal in our District.

 

“All of the operators listed on our website provide combined rubbish collection and recycling services.

 

“People who don’t want to sign up for a bin service can use our transfer stations for both rubbish and recycling, or they could consider sharing bins or trips to the station with neighbours or family.

 

Council also has a waste minimisation team available to advise people on ways of reducing their waste. 

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