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Waste recovery plans to be congratulated - Greens

22 February 2006

Waste recovery plans to be congratulated - Greens

New resource recovery park plans for Waiheke Island and Auckland City are today being welcomed by the Green Party.

"The fantastic and positive response from the local community has shown once again that they support waste recovery. It is really pleasing that the council is also behind the plans," Nandor Tanczos, Green Party Waste-free Spokesperson says.

"Auckland City and Waiheke Island in particular are once again showing leadership on the waste front. Congratulations to them.

"The proposals to incorporate an education centre and art gallery of work made from recycled materials, and to run pick-up trucks on biofuel are really ground-breaking ideas. Community suggestions to include a facility for research and development also show that Waihekeans are full of great ideas.

"What is usually lacking is political will, but not in this case.

By contrast, Christchurch City Council recently voted against a proposal to begin kerbside collection of kitchen waste, despite the fact that this was the public's favoured option during community consultation.

"Christchurch City must be feeling really embarrassed that, despite the efforts of the mayor and a number of councillors, it dropped the waste-free ball for the sake of a small rates rise. Of course it will be future rate payers who will pick up the tab," Nandor says.

ENDS


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