Rubbish collection to include food waste bin

The future of waste collection in Auckland is coming - and Papakura residents will likely be the first to experience it.

Auckland Council plan to introduce a three-bin kerbside waste collection service - with separate bins for food waste, refuse and recycling - across almost all urban areas of the Super City by 2019/20.

Recycling has already been rolled out across the city and 120 litre wheelie bins will replace bags for rubbish collection in legacy Manukau City Council areas from September.

Now it is expected urban legacy Papakura District Council areas will switch to a three-bin collection system - including the first large-scale introduction of kerbside food waste collection in Auckland within 12 months.

Residents within the South Auckland legacy council's boundaries currently dispose of rubbish via a weekly collection of user-pays orange bags.

A recommendation in favour of the introduction of the three-bin system will be discussed by the council's Environment and Community Committee tomorrow morning.

Food waste makes up almost half of what goes in householders' rubbish, Auckland Council figures...
Food waste makes up almost half of what goes in householders' rubbish, Auckland Council figures show. Photo: Getty

Under the recommendation it is noted funding for the introduction of the food-waste service across urban Auckland has been included in the long-term plan 2015-2025 and the introduction of food-waste and wheelie rubbish bins in legacy Papakura can be done "within these existing budgets".

Manurewa-Papakura councillor Daniel Newman this afternoon welcomed the recommendation and said he hoped the three-bin system could be in place "as soon as possible".

"I've been up to my neck trying to get Papakura into the food-waste and wheelie bin collection ... I want an end to the orange bags".

Some legacy Papakura District Council residents have not been shy about complaining on online community forums about the planned introduction of wheelie rubbish bins in neighbouring Manurewa - which falls under the legacy Manukau City Council - while they faced at least two more years of using rubbish bags.

As well as a 120 litre wheelie rubbish bin, residents will receive a lockable 23L food-waste bin, supplemented by a 7L kitchen caddy.

Meanwhile, procurement is continuing for the food-waste service to be introduced city-wide by 2019/20, including the processing infrastructure.

The council's Waste Solutions department manager Ian Stupple has previously said an estimated 50,000 tonnes of food waste that will be treated and turned into compost each year once the rollout is complete.

The food waste bin to be used in Auckland. Photo: NZ Herald/Cherie Howie
The food waste bin to be used in Auckland. Photo: NZ Herald/Cherie Howie

Revenue from this, and from methane captured and sold back to the grid, will offset the cost of an eventual targeted rate, he said.

Under the city-wide plan food waste will be collected weekly, and rubbish and recycling fortnightly.

At the moment, the average rubbish bag or bin is almost half-filled with food waste, with about 10 per cent each recyclables and green waste, and only the remaining third actual rubbish.

The move to a uniform waste collection service is the result of an agreement reached in 2012, which also set goals on waste-reduction targets.

Following consultation, rural Auckland households will not be offered food waste collection

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