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A word on waste

Council responds to flyer campaign

Published: 27 May 2016

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Council responds to flyer campaign

Auckland Council is aware of a significant flyer drop taking place this weekend in the Rodney and North Shore areas about waste expenditure.

The flyer suggests that households will be hit with large rates increases due to rising costs of waste services.

The council is currently investigating how the numbers used in the flyer were formulated.

Auckland Council’s Manager for Financial Policy, Andrew Duncan, says he is unsure how the figures have been calculated, and that the generalisations in the flyers could be misleading.

“Currently households in Rodney pay $103.23 per year for waste services through their rates, residents on the North Shore and Waitakere pay $88.68.

“This covers a range of services including recycling, inorganics collections and resource recovery networks, and we do not anticipate a material increase the cost of these services in the next financial year, even with the rollout of the new recycling service.”

Households in these areas do not pay a rate for rubbish collection. This service is user pays through the council’s orange bag service, or through private operators offering a rubbish collection.

If people manage to further reduce their waste by recycling and using the future food waste service, they can further reduce their rubbish costs.

Auckland Council has recently published a series of Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act responses on its website that detail expenditure and rates information for Waste Solutions.

These are available here.

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