Wellingtonians keen to go green

Wellingtonians keen to go green

Lyall Bay resident Sam Boult stores his compost bin conveniently in his backyard and says every household should have one. PHOTO: Rosa Woods.

Wellingtonians could soon play a key part in creating a cleaner greener capital if the Wellington City Council’s proposal to introduce organic waste bins goes ahead.

Councils in the Wellington region have been consulting on a draft waste plan that would see a green waste bin join the already available kerbside collection services.

According to a council report, organic waste currently makes up about a third of the waste that ends up in the regions landfills.

Mayor Justin Lester hoped introducing the scheme would put the city on a path towards a more sustainable future.

“We’re working with all the other councils of the region on this, and have an ambitious collective target to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the region’s landfills by a third over the next 10 years,” he said.

Melrose resident and composting enthusiast Sam Boult was intrigued by the council’s proposition to introduce green waste bins.

“I’m in two minds about it, it will be great if everyone across Wellington gets involved and uses the bins properly. But if not, it may just cost us all a lot of money and make very little difference,” he said. “The success of the scheme will depend on how the council goes about setting it up.”

Other Wellingtonians were concerned the introduction of another bin might block the already limited space on sidewalks. However, Boult was not convinced.

“Assuming the council alternate between collecting rubbish, recycling, glass and green waste each week – as they already do – there shouldn’t be an issue with bins blocking footpaths,” he said.

“If introducing a green waste bin is really going to make a positive environmental difference, then I’m all for it.”

Mike Horvat from Karori was sceptical of the scheme and said it was something that many would regard as nice to have but not essential.

He said ratepayers should oppose these “feel good” schemes because they “always end up costing more”.

Berhampore woman Emily O’Neill also felt the scheme was unnecessary. Everyone with any space at all should compost or use Bokashi, rather than relying on the council to dump our organic waste, she said.

Wellingtonians will have until May 19 to share their thoughts about the new scheme with the council before a final decision is made.

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