Council adopts zero waste
Since its adoption of 'zero waste' in November 1999 the Opotiki District Council has come a long way, not only in its residual waste reduction but also in a change of attitude by the public, Councillors and staff alike.
This is a result of:
- RRC charging
- A recycling programme at the Opotiki, Te Kaha and Waihau Bay RRCs
- Education process
- Mulching of greenwaste
- Implementation of a kerbside recycling collection service.
This last initiative has reduced the weekly urban collection from 10 tonne of residual waste to 5 tonne. The other 5 tonne plus is being sorted as recyclable material at the Opotiki RRC.
Resource Recovery Centres
Three Resource Recovery Centres (RRCs) have been established at:
- Te Kaha
- Waihau Bay.
The employees who carry out the recycling at Council's RRCs are still enjoying the recycling work and are as enthusiastic as ever.
Worthwhile? You bet!
- Reduces waste
- Gives some people more discretionary income
- Enthuses the public in general
- Reuses material and thus save on very expensive imports.