Issue No. 150 - 17 April 2004
Recycling revamp next month
Recycling in Wanganui is about to take on a whole new look.
Wanganui District Council's commitment to a credible recycling service will see the opening of a drop-off recycling centre on May 3 and the end of the kerbside collection.
The new centre is on the corner of London Street and Peat Street, opposite the netball courts.
The centre is sponsored by Save Mart and will be called the Wanganui 'Save Mart' Recycling Drop-off Centre. It will be open seven days a week and there will be no charge to use the centre. The drop-off centre will cater for recycling of additional products, including glass, steel cans and clothing, as well as plastics, paper/newspaper, cardboard and aluminium cans.
People will be able to drop off their recyclables which will go through an initial sorting process and then be transported away for recycling.
Why the change?
Currently, rates money allocated for recycling is being spent largely on transporting product, rather than recycling. The Council is committed to providing a credible recycling service. The drop-off centre will ensure the money is spent on recycling, rather than transport.
The Council does not have control of the current kerbside service or confidence that the product collected is always being recycled.
Getting the basics right
The Council considers that the money available is better spent on setting up a solid recycling platform than on paying for collection of products that may not be recycled. The drop-off centre will be the cornerstone of the new recycling service. We know that all the products deposited at the drop-off centre will be recycled.
Once the drop-off centre is established, smaller satellite stations (smaller drop-off centres) are likely to be set up in rural and suburban areas.
How do we know the products will be recycled?
The Council has confirmed Full Circle, a subsidiary of Carter Holt Harvey and New Zealand's leading recycling firm, as its recycling partner.
Full Circle has recycling sorting stations in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton and is currently building a fourth plant in Palmerston North. Most of Wanganui's product will be transported to the Palmerston North plant and sorted. Full Circle is well known for providing innovative recycling solutions and is committed to recycling its recyclables, ensuring none find their way to landfills.
What about people who can't get to the drop-off centre?
The Council acknowledges that a drop-off centre will not meet everyone's expectations for a recycling service. However, the eventual establishment of satellite centres (outlying smaller drop-off centres) will assist those who cannot get to the main centre. The Council may investigate using community groups to pick up recyclables from people who are unable to get to the drop-off centre.
Consultation on the Draft Annual Plan 2004/05
and Draft Service Management Plan
The Wanganui District Council has prepared a Statement of Proposal under the Local Government Act 2002. The Statement of Proposal incorporates the Council's Draft Annual Plan and accompanying Service Management Plan for 2004/05.
The Statement of Proposal is open for public submissions from 16 April 2004 until 28 May 2004.
Copies of the draft plans, and a summary document which outlines the key information in the draft plans, are available:
Submissions can be made in the following ways:
All submissions will be acknowledged and considered by the Council. Copies of each submission will be made publicly available when the Council considers submissions. Submitters will have the opportunity to be heard in relation to their submission if they wish.
What's on in and around Wanganui
April 17-18: Rock and Mineral Show
April 17-18: Chrysanthemum Autumn Show
April 17-18: The Great NZ Craft Show
April 17: Rivercity Markets
April 18: Charity Classic Motor Show
More information about things to do in the Wanganui District is available from the i-SITE Wanganui Visitor Centre, 101 Guyton Street.
The Summer That Never Was
Wednesday 21 April 10.00am - 11.00am: Summer
Friday 23 April 10.00am - 11.00am: Summer Games
Contact the Museum on phone 345 7443, email Rowan Carroll.
Graduate Engineer, Wanganui Water Services
Executive Assistant, Economic Development
Creative Communities New Zealand
Financial Assistance to Arts and Cultural Activities
TE MAHI TAHA TOI ME TE MAHI WHAKANGAHAU
MO TENEI WAHI
Applications for financial assistance under the Creative New Zealand LocalArts Funding Scheme are now being called for.
Approximately $15,500 is available for distribution to arts and cultural activity groups, organisations and individuals, based in the Wanganui District Council area. (Applications from individuals must indicate community rather than exclusive benefit).
To assist those wishing to apply, and who may need assistance, please contact either Keith Smith, at the District Council, or Barbara Vine at the Community Arts Centre.
Application forms are available from: Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, PO Box 637, Wanganui, and Wanganui Community Arts Centre, 19 Taupo Quay, Wanganui.
Further detailed information is available from:
Keith Smith, Community Liaison Officer, Wanganui District Council
Applications close at 4.00pm Friday, 28 May 2004
Unless otherwise noted, the meetings will be held at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2, 1st Floor, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
Agendas are available at the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.
The Council welcomes members of the public to attend its meetings.