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Smart rubbish bins ‘doing their job’

SMART recycling and rubbish bins that were installed in early December are working well, Gisborne District Council says.

They are managed by GDC contractors, Recreational Services, who collect the waste daily and take it back to their yard where the recycling is separated before being collected by Waste Management.

“The Gisborne community is doing a great job at using the bins properly to ensure waste and recycling are correctly separated,” GDC community assets and resources manager Laird Kennedy said.

“Unfortunately there has been several instances of illegal dumping alongside the bins in rural townships on the East Coast.

“We encourage Tairawhiti residents to take note of the colour-coded recycling options to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill in our district.”

Seven bins were installed across the Gisborne region as part of the Let’s Put Litter in its Place campaign.

Bins were installed at Waikanae Beach, Gisborne i-Site, the summit of Titirangi/Kaiti Hill, the Botanical Gardens and outside public toilets at Te Araroa, Tolaga Bay and Matawai.

Each set has bins for recycling, glass and rubbish.

Each recycling and rubbish bin has an EYEfi unit which provides an alert when bins are nearing capacity. Bins are subsequently emptied as required, rather than on a schedule.

The bins have been designed to make their purpose clearer.

They come in “nationally-agreed” colours for recycling and waste and have signage in te reo Maori and English.

Digital bins: These smart recycling and rubbish bins on Kaiti Hill are working well since being installed. Picture by Liam Clayton

  1. Robin Morris, Wellsford says:

    What an awesome idea and I am so glad it seems to be working.
    Matai, do you know how Waste Management disposes of the sorted rubbish, or does it take everything to the nearest landfill?
    I ask this question because I live north of Auckland. Sometime ago Waste Management purchased a tract of land, at the head of a the Dome Valley, an area that is one of the highest rainfall areas in the Auckland region. The purpose of this land is to build a massive landfill for Auckland, however, should there ever be a breach of the landfill lining or any leachate it will take no time to enter the waterway straight into the Kaipara Harbour. The Kaipara has about 800kms of shoreline, making it one of the biggest in the world.
    I would like to know if rubbish disposal in the Gisborne area, by Waste Management, is responsible or is landfill just what they do there too?