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Wheelie Bin Repairs On Track

May 30, 2002

Almost a quarter of Auckland city’s red-lidded wheelie bins have been checked as part of a programme to ensure that all the 120L bins are of the highest standard.

Last year it was discovered that some of the 75,000 bins supplied to Auckland City Council by Sulo Simaplas had faults. The two parties reached an agreement whereby the manufacturer would repair or replace faulty bins at no cost to the ratepayer.

By May 15 Sulo Simaplas had checked 17,594 wheelie bins in more than 320 streets on usual rubbish collection days. Of those, 1312 bins were replaced and 3295 wheels replaced. All plastic wheel pins are being replaced with metal ones, and all hinge pins are being replaced as a precaution.

The team members wear green vests with Sulo Simaplas written on the back and travel in a truck with a flashing light. They use state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment and do visual testing to conduct the tests on the wheels, axles, lids, handles and thickness of bin walls and bases.

Auckland City’s manager, refuse procurement, Warwick Jaine, says the programme will ensure customers have better bins.

Mr Jaine says, “Sulo Simaplas are undertaking these repairs at significant cost to themselves. In many cases, the problems are not apparent now, but would have showed up in four or five years’ time if nothing was done now.”

Sulo Simaplas managing director Michael Huston says, “We’re certain the bins are going to last at least the 10 years that we agreed to. We stand behind our products and we don’t want to see anything that is not up to the standard that we agreed to at sale.”

Repaired or replaced bins are marked with a yellow or white tag. The bins’ serial numbers and the results of the tests go into a database where they are matched with property information. This will ensure that by early next year, every Sulo Simaplas bin in Auckland city will have been checked, so there is no need to contact Auckland City if your bin has not been checked yet.

Mr Jaine says that if people see the teams in their area they could leave their bin out later in the day to ensure it is checked. And he says people should not worry if they see the team working on wheelie bins while they are full.


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