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.
- 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 an incentive to "sort" through the use of a 45 wheeled refuse bin and four recycling crates - one each for glass, plastic, tin and paper. Only two types of recycling get collected each week and only one refuse bin each emptied each week per household.
Resource Recovery Centres
Three Resource Recovery Centres (RRCs) were established at:
- Te Kaha
- Waihau Bay.
The employees who carry out the recycling at Council's RRCs are committed to their work and remain enthusiastic about the zero waste strategy.
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.