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Marlborough wheels out bin proposal

It could be a case of out with the bags and in with the bins if Marlborough District Council’s proposal to introduce wheelie bins and expand its kerbside collection service is approved.

Changes to rural waste services are also on the cards and could see the removal of the old coin skips to make way for rural transfer stations in the district, the Council said.

Consultation on waste services opens today and Council wants to hear residents’ views on the options.

“Council is proposing to introduce a new 140-litre wheelie bin for rubbish serviced fortnightly and a 140-litre bin for recycling excluding glass serviced fortnightly. The current recycling crate will be used for glass only. Refuse and recycling are proposed to be serviced on alternate weeks,” said Council’s solid waste manager, Alec McNeil.

The proposal also sees the expansion of the kerbside collection area to include Grovetown, Havelock, Rarangi, Rai Valley, Renwick, Seddon, Spring Creek, Tuamarina, Wairau Valley and Ward.

Mr McNeil said people can find out more, including whether their property is included in the proposed expanded kerbside collection service by looking at the maps on Council’s website.

“Display wheelie bins can be found at the Council offices in Blenheim, the Marlborough District library in Blenheim and the Picton library and service centre for those who are interested in taking a closer look,” he said.

The current coin skips located in rural areas throughout Marlborough are proposed to be replaced with remote transfer stations which will include 10 x 1,100-litre wheelie bins for recycling excluding glass, 10 x 1,100 litre wheelie bins for refuse and a skip for colour-sorted glass.

Mr McNeil said the locations for the remote transfer stations are still being worked through but provisionally will be: Awatere Valley Road (where the current recycling bin is), Duncan Bay, Okiwi Bay, Ohingaroa Quarry, Portage, Port Underwood, Rapaura, The Grove, Titirangi, Waihopai, Waitaria Bay and Ward (where the current transfer station is).

“Anyone who is keen to discuss the proposed changes is encouraged to attend one of the community information sessions during November.”

“The first community information session will be held at Springlands School Hall tomorrow, Thursday 3 November from 6.30pm until 8.30pm,” Mr McNeil said. “Those who come along will be provided with a summary of the proposed changes and will also have a chance to ask questions and find out more.”

To have your say on the waste services proposal visit the consultation page of Council’s website: Community Consultation – Waste Services – Marlborough District Council

The consultation period is open now and closes at 4pm on Wednesday 30 November.

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