Rubbish disposal a rural issue

Rural Dunedin residents with no regular rubbish collection service at their doors may yet be allowed to take single black bags full of rubbish to their local dump.

The Dunedin City Council stopped accepting individual rubbish bags at council landfills after too many people cheated the system, but ''appalled'' rural people say that means they have to keep waste hanging around until they have a carload - the council's new dumping minimum - which is not acceptable.

Middlemarch resident Joan Wilson yesterday asked councillors why the majority of people should be disadvantaged by a minority who cheated the system and implored them to reverse the decision to stop accepting individual bags.

In response to her plea and that of other rural residents, council staff have recommended the individual bag charge be revisited.

An alternative proposal would be put to council as part of deliberations next week on the final annual plan for 2013-14.

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