Pre – paid Bags v’s Wheelie Bins
Great discussion and ideas about phasing out single use bags and the options available. We have thought about this a lot at Xtreme, to come up with a system that replaces the plastic bag. We are currently costing out a paper bag made in NZ from pulp from our timber industry. These are more expensive than the plastic bag but obviously, have less of an environmental impact. We will share the information when we get the quotes back. Wheelie bins are a different proposition. They require a mechanised truck to pick them up which means less jobs and an investment in a truck that will probably never pay itself off due to the small number of houses in Raglan. There are leasing options which we have considered which are also too expensive, The wheelie bin certainly seems convenient although statistics show that they also increase waste. if you have the capacity then people tend to use it. On a weekly basis, we currently pick up 45l of plastics & tins, 45l of glass, 20l of paper & card and soon to have 20l of foodwaste = 130l which is equivalent to 2 rubbish bags. Hopefully, there will be little need for a waste collection in the future and we can look at collections every 2 weeks. We are also keeping an eye on the government bringing in container deposit legislation which will mean that only a small portion of your containers will be put out on the kerbside (15%) as most people will claim the deposit. This will have a huge effect on kerbside collections. Please keep the discussion going – great to have community input – much respect.