Kerbside rubbish collection might extend to more rural areas

23 May 2019

Hundreds of rural residents in New Plymouth District are being asked if they want to receive a kerbside collection service for their rubbish and recycling. 

NPDC is looking into increasing the number of households that receive the service. More than 800 properties in developing rural areas around the district have been contacted directly to see if they are interested in having the kerbside collection. 

Those areas are Hurford Road in Omata, Inglewood rural, Pukearuhe, households along the trucks’ state highway routes, and areas on Mangorei, Frankley, Carrington and Smart roads in New Plymouth. 

“As part of our work to become a Zero Waste district, we’re looking at new and increasingly populated areas where we can provide our kerbside pick-up in an economical way,” says NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope. 

The city and town boundaries have grown since the last time the collection area was extended in the mid-2000s, and some rural areas have become more intensely populated with lifestyle blocks. 

“By extending the collection area, we’d be able to better protect the district’s environment from litter and dumping and also make recycling easier for those residents,” says Mrs Hope. 

If the collection area is extended, those properties would receive the kerbside service from the end of September. This would coincide with the district’s new kerbside collection system, which will see the existing red rubbish bags replaced with wheelie bins for rubbish plus the introduction of a 23L food-waste bin. 

NPDC is also contacting businesses in New Plymouth’s central business district to see if they are interested in receiving NPDC’s rubbish and recycling service.
 
NPDC rubbish and recycling collection May 2019