Photo by ODT.
Those who like to fill black rubbish bags and take them
to the dump one or two at a time might be looking for another
option come March, as Dunedin City Council staff recommend
charging by the vehicle size rather than by the bag.
Council staff say it was becoming too difficult for booth
operators at city landfills to accurately assess the declared
number of black bags in a vehicle, and too many people were
not declaring how many bags they had or what sort of rubbish
was in them.
They are recommending councillors considering upcoming
council budgets agree to base the charging on vehicle type,
and eliminate the problem.
However, for the customer with a car, that means a trip to
the tip to dispose of one black bag will cost $18 from March,
and $20 from July, compared with the current cost of $2.10.
If the person has a station wagon, it will cost them $32 from
March and $35 from July.
''If people want to fill one black rubbish bag, they will
just have to buy a council one and leave it on the kerbside
for collection,'' solid waste manager Ian Featherston said.
Council staff are proposing charges for use of Dunedin's
landfills and transfer stations go up across the board, after
a review showed the revenue the Green Island and Waikouaiti
landfills and Middlemarch Transfer Station collected was 20%
less than what it cost to actually dispose of the rubbish,
and Dunedin's charges were 20% less than national average
Increasing the fees by 7% in March and a further 10% in July
would cover the cost of disposal for the year, a report from
water and waste services manager Dr Laura McElhone to
If fees were left as they were it would cost ratepayers an
extra $195,000 this year to run the city's landfills.
Mr Featherston said people often arrived at landfills with
black bags filled with rubbish for disposal, and the council
expected there would be some backlash to the new charging
A marketing campaign was planned for before the changes were
Aquatic services staff will also seek the approval of
councillors to adjust their charges to be more consistent
between adult, concession and child rates and product
The proposal is to set concession fees at 60% of the adult
rate and child rates at 50% of the adult rate.
The result would be a more robust and easier-to-justify fee
structure with slight increases in some charges and
reductions in others, a report from aquatic services manager
Steve Prescott said.
The changes would potentially see a total increase in revenue
of $100,000 for aquatic services for 2013-14.
Councillors will consider these proposals and other fee
changes as part of their annual plan deliberations.
Building services manager Neil McLeod said changes to deposit
sums for consents for certain building projects reflected
more accurately, after review, the likely total cost of the
consent, meaning less surprises for people at the other end.