Buller District Council’s public consultation on proposed changes to solid waste management will end today, after being extended by a month due to the volume of feedback received.
Council Infrastructure delivery manager, Eric de Boer said there had been a significant uptake on the opportunity to submit on the proposed changes.
“A lot of people have chosen to share their feedback online and on paper submission forms, so we have decided to give people more time to have their say,” he said.
“Due to the high number of submissions – in the range of 200 to date – we will also look into extending the submission hearings date to allow more time to process the submissions and give people who indicated they wish to speak to their submissions enough notice. This will be advised as soon as possible.”
The proposed changes by the Council involve switching from rubbish bags to bins and changing how residents pay for their rubbish collection.
For the large majority of properties in zone one, the changes would mean:
- A shift from using 60 litre rubbish bags to having a 120 litre wheelie bin provided by Council;
- Mandatory rubbish and recycling collection;
- Changing from weekly to fortnightly collection of rubbish;
- Paying for rubbish and recycling collection through rates (rather than buying rubbish bags).
Consultation will end at 4.30pm today.