More options considered for kerbside collection in Christchurch

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jan 29, 2023 |

Photo: Christchurch City Council / Newsline

Greater flexibility for kerbside bin sizes is one of several changes being proposed by the Christchurch City Council.

Consultation opens today on the Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2023, which allows regulation of all waste collection services and operations.

Resource Recovery Manager Ross Trotter said the main change include the ability for residents to opt out of and not pay for Council’s kerbside collection services in certain circumstances e.g. where Council’s contractor cannot easily access an area, more flexible rules for Council kerbside collection service, e.g. to allow for a wider range of bin options in the future, new requirements for waste management plans in some circumstances so that waste is managed more effectively, for multi-unit residential developments, demolition and construction activities, and large scale events.

Other changes including:

  • New rules to address the problems caused by unaddressed mail and advertising material and to deal with nuisance from litter, including litter around donation boxes for clothing and household goods.

  • Allowing the Council to set standards for the collection points for recycling and diverted materials, given the likely introduction of container return schemes.

  • Revised provisions to support the diversion of materials from landfill and to ensure that all waste materials are disposed of appropriately.

  • Amendments to the licensing requirements for waste operators including for the collection of data, to enable more effective monitoring of the effectiveness of the Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Trotter said the proposed changes will provide the Council with greater flexibility.

“Some of the proposed changes will legally enable us to adapt our services easier in the future. For example we will have the ability to offer different kerbside bin options for residents. While this is something that would need further investigation, the bylaw change provides us with a legal platform to adapt and support our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Consultation on the Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw closes on Sunday 26 February 2023.

Read the Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2023 or have your say on the bylaw.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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