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Rates funded kerbside collections for 2021

Let’s fix Tauranga’s waste problem

Right now, Tauranga has one of the worst rates per capita in New Zealand for sending household waste to landfill. Almost 70% of our household waste going into landfill could be composted or recycled instead. Not something to be proud of, right? We want to change this, so we’ve thought of new ways the kerbside rubbish and recycling collections could work for our community.

In Tauranga, the majority of households are serviced by private waste collection companies, whereas in most other cities in New Zealand, the council is responsible for some or all of the kerbside waste collections (e.g. rubbish, mixed recycling, glass, food waste, garden waste), funding the costs of providing this service through rates.

We heard your feedback to the Long Term Plan 2018-2028, that you wanted the council to take ownership of the kerbside collection, to address our waste problem, and help reduce the 70% of household waste currently going into landfill that could be recycled or composted instead.

We introduced an interim kerbside glass collection service in October 2018 in response to Tauranga’s private collection providers ceasing to accept glass for recycling.

We ran the Talking Trash Survey in late 2019 so the community could let us know if the proposed collections would work for them. We received over 9,000 responses and a significant majority were in favour of the proposed collections. Specifically, we had the following support for the individual collections:

  • fortnightly recycling (88%)
  • fortnightly rubbish (82%)
  • weekly food scraps (68%).

These results align with previous community engagement for the proposed collections and will help Councillors make the final decision on whether to introduce rates-funded kerbside collections into the community.

View the full survey results

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Last Reviewed: 14/05/2020

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