Binning it on the rise

Bin there, done that

by Mike Isle

More Selwyn residents than ever before have organic bins, and residents are using their organic bins a lot more than this time last year, resulting in a decrease in waste going to landfill.

The Selwyn District Council reports that the district is seeing strong growth in organic waste tonnes, with nearly 1,200 tonnes or 22% more organic waste received than at this time last year while total waste to landfill is tracking towards a four per cent decrease on a per capita basis.

Council Solid Waste manager, Andrew Boyd said he is pleased with the reduction and wants to continue to encourage less waste going to landfill, by greater use of recycling and organic bins.

“We’ve got a number of waste minimisation projects in the pipeline. We’ll be looking to expand access to recycling services for off-route properties, expanding the range of materials accepted at community recycling days, and also a number of improvements at the Pines Resource Recovery Park,” he said.

There are also council-supported workshops coming up in mid-March at the Rolleston Community Centre focussing on waste-free parenting and how to minimise food waste when cooking.

Council Call newsletter and Selwyn District Council Facebook have details on these.