Residents in Pukekawa and Onewhero have made sure their voices have been heard.
Waikato District Council received an overwhelming response, after sending out letters to 650 properties offering three options for refuse and recycling.
The options included a weekly kerbside collection, a monthly recycling drop-off at Pukekawa Hall or no service. Residents have voted overwhelmingly for the weekly kerbside pre-paid refuse and recycling collection service.
Council have stated that the reaction from the community was fantastic. Around 65% of letter recipients, or 431 rate payers, took the time to let Council know their preferred option.
Of those responses, 321 voted in favour of a weekly kerbside pre-paid refuse and recycling collection, which includes a weekly two-crate recycling collection, and an annual inorganic collection.
As a result of this response, the monthly recycling drop-off service at Pukekawa Hall has ceased. The service will be funded by a targeted rate on all relevant properties, which for 2017/18 will be $131.15.
General Manager Service Delivery Tim Harty is pleased with the outcome of the consultation.
“We appreciate the passionate response from the community in Pukekawa and Onewhero regarding this issue,” he says. “A 65% response rate is an extraordinary level of engagement for us. We’re happy to be able to bring the weekly kerbside refuse and recycling service from July, which the vast majority of the community of Pukekawa and the surrounding area wants.”
Letters will be sent out to the relevant residents and ratepayers confirming the service in the near future. Residents will also receive an introductory Less Waste Saves More refuse and recycling guide, as well as two recycling crates.
While the annoucement comes as good news for Pukekawa residents, it looks as if Tuakau residents are still waiting for a recycling facility that may not eventuate
Waikato District Council has put the exploration of options for a recycling drop-off facility in Tuakau on hold. Council have stated that this is due to the difficulty in finding an appropriate site, and there is no certainty that this potential service will materialise.
The monthly drop-off recycling services at Onewhero and Glen Murray will continue, but will also be reviewed by Council in the coming months.