Tidy Bins owner Michael Miller rolls another drum out to his truck. After 15 years of handling bins he is calling it quits. Photo by Dan Hutchinson
Michael Miller is closing the lid on 15 years of door-to-door
rubbish collection in Dunedin after watching landfill fees
rise from $30 to $300 for a truckload in that time.
The end of his service may be bad news for many elderly and
disabled residents who rely on him to collect their bins from
the side of the house rather than having to wheel them down
to the kerb.
Mr Miller said most of his 1000 customers were older people
and at 61 himself he was starting to get tired of shifting
the 40-gallon (182 litres) steel drums around.
Cost was a big factor in the decision to stop bin collection
because it was costing about $300 every time he emptied his
Rising dump fees for individuals meant people were also
trying to fit more into their bins.
Mr Miller will still be providing a service picking up large
loads of rubbish, section-clearing and garage-cleaning.
Dunedin City Council group manager of water and waste Laura
McElhone said landfill fees were much cheaper 15 years ago
when it was run as ''a community asset rather than a
A waste levy of $10 a tonne had also been imposed by the
Government and it now costs $130 a tonne to dump rubbish.
She said people had the choice of two sizes of bags for
rubbish and there were also smaller recycling bins available
for people who could not manage the large ones.