Why we decided to introduce the new kerbside collection service
Currently, almost 70% of Tauranga’s household waste sent to landfill could be recycled or composted instead. This is a result of our ‘opt-in’ system, where many households are unable, or choose not to take part in recycling or composting.
Improving household waste reduction
The new service will make reducing household waste easier, more accessible and more affordable for our community, and is expected to halve the amount of waste the average household sends to landfill each year by 2028.
The majority of households will see their current waste disposal costs reduced, while receiving a more comprehensive service – as the service provides a dedicated rubbish, recycling, food scraps and glass recycling collection for the same cost as using one and a half rubbish bags a week today.
How was the decision made?
We asked the community as part of the Long-term Plan 2018-28, whether we should introduce rates-funded kerbside collections to help reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill, and 66% of the submissions received were in favour of doing so.
After listening to the community and assessing the environmental impacts of the current ‘opt-in’ system, Council made a resolution in 2018 to introduce the new collections. In late 2020, Council confirmed fortnightly rubbish and recycling, weekly food scraps and an optional fortnightly or 4-weekly garden waste collection will be added to the existing fortnightly glass recycling service from 1 July 2021.