A. In response to Tauranga’s private collection companies’ decision to stop collecting glass at the kerbside for recycling, Council proposed to provide a rates-funded service in the 2018-28 Long Term Plan.
The Tauranga community was asked to give their feedback and vote for their preference in March/April this year, and the response to bringing in the new service was overwhelmingly positive.
Most respondents were rightly concerned that without a residential kerbside glass collection service more glass would end up in landfill when it should be recycled instead. As most of the community wanted Council to provide a rates-funded glass collection service, it is now being introduced.
Tauranga City Council will introduce a full kerbside waste and recycling collection service to all residents in 2021 but, in the meantime we can divert around 6,000 tonnes of residential glass waste from landfill per year with this interim glass-only service.