A Dunedin City Council rubbish bin in South Dunedin. Photo
by Peter McIntosh.
The long-term future is uncertain for the rubbish bins in
John Wilson Ocean Dr and in parks and reserves across the city,
but they are likely to stay put for some considerable time yet.
Questions were raised by Otago Daily Times readers
this week about the future of the bins in John Wilson Ocean
Dr, several of them having received what they felt was
confusing information after complaining about the bins
Dunedin City Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said
yesterday the agreement with contractors was that the three
bins east of the bollards in John Wilson Ocean Dr were
emptied once they were full, something the contractor was
meant to manage.
The contractor was still ''coming to terms'' with weekly
requirements since the road was recently reopened to vehicles
for 20 hours a week, she said.
She was confident, however, the contractor was working it
out, and said the service would continue the way it was ''at
As part of its waste management strategy, the council was
looking for ways to reduce litter waste going to landfill,
and over time bins in parks and reserves would be replaced
with multi-receptacle recycling bins.
There had also been discussions about encouraging and
educating people to take away all of their waste from visits
to coastal environments but, as yet, it had gone no further
than talk, she said.
Various situations would prompt bin removals, including if
bins needed to be renewed or replaced or when landscape
developments called for changes in a park or reserve.
The changes would be made on a case-by-case basis, Ms Wheeler
John Wilson Ocean Dr was not, as yet, a priority when it came
to any of that work, so any changes to the bins on that road
would probably be in the long term. Some long-term planning
would be done in the next 18 months, which would likely
include considering how to manage litter.
Council solid waste manager Ian Featherston said there were
no plans to change the litter collection service outside
parks and reserves A $100,000 reduction in the expenditure on
refuse collection reported in the draft annual plan for
2013-14 was because of a reduction in the sale of council
rubbish bags, he said.
The collection of the full bags was fully funded by the sale
of empty bags, so a reduction in sales equated to a reduction
in the expenditure on litter collection.