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New Rubbish Collection System For Inner CBD

24 June, 2002

Auckland’s inner central business district gets a new rubbish collection system next week – and the emphasis will be on recycling.

Suburban Auckland and Waiheke are already leading the way in helping achieve Auckland City’s target of reducing by 50 per the amount of rubbish it sends to landfills by the year 2005.

On July 1 last year, the council introduced smaller wheelie bins and an expanded recycling service to suburban Auckland. Nearly 12 months later, recycling has increased by 40 per cent and the amount of rubbish Auckland City sends to landfills has been reduced by about a third.

Works committee chairperson Councillor Bill Christian says, “This is an admirable result. We’re very pleased with suburban Auckland’s co-operation and efforts. Now we’re seeking similar results in the inner CBD and looking to encourage businesses throughout the city to reduce rubbish.”

Changes are to take place in the inner city from Monday, July 1. For the first time, inner city ratepayers will be able to recycle a full range of materials using official rubbish and recycling bags as well as the existing paper and cardboard collection.

A team of blue-uniformed specialists, known as the “waste doctors”, are visiting premises to explain the new service. They are also distributing a publication called Wastewise - a guide to reducing business waste in Auckland’s inner city.

The free guide tells city shops, offices and cafes how they can reduce, reuse and recycle their waste and how these measures can help save money at the same time.

Case studies show how various initiatives can work. One example is Thai Kitchen, a restaurant that found half its waste was food. The business contacted a pig farmer who now collects its food scraps and, by introducing a number of other steps, Thai Kitchen has stopped almost all its waste going to landfill.

The Brian Boru Hotel saved nearly $1000 a year by buying marmalade in bulk rather than in single-serve packaging, and a Farmers branch saved $1500 a year by changing from disposable cups and stirrers to reusable cups and teaspoons in tearooms.

The booklet contains a list of collection companies and tips to help businesses achieve cheaper rubbish collection costs. It’s available from the council (phone 379 1350) or on www.aucklandcity.govt.nz.

Meanwhile, the Auckland Environmental Business Network (AEBN) has launched a “green office” website at www.greenoffice.org.nz . It’s sponsored by Auckland City and others and offers information and practical assistance for businesses wanting to reduce waste. It covers issues ranging from creating a “green office” business plan to advice and tips for rubbish reduction and energy savings in the office.

“Typical benefits include cost savings for the business concerned and waste reduction for the good of Auckland as a whole. It’s a site well worth visiting,” Councillor Christian said.


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