Glass recycling system is broken

By: Blogger

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

The passage of time is scary, especially when you think it’s been 18 years since the New Year’s celebrations in 2000. Consider someone who  was a new born baby that night - they can vote in next month’s by-election and museum referendum.

As time marches relentlessly through the 21st century, you’d think as a society we’d be improving basic services like glass recycling.

Residents with a so-called ‘free’ recycling bin as part of their private rubbish contract now know differently.

Last week was the final time that rubbish companies picked up glass from the kerbside. From now on, we’ll have to drive to a recycling station to deposit our empties.

In a previous column, I mentioned how Romans were recycling glass more than 2000 years ago.

In the 21st century, the withdrawal of such a basic human service is like telling our community that the sewage plant will no longer be accepting solids and, instead, residents will be expected to take their chamber pots to Te Maunga for disposal. It is nuts.

At the time of writing, council are considering introducing a fortnightly, kerbside glass collection  for all households in Tauranga. This could be operational as soon as August provided there is community support.

Rather than our city being at the mercy of different rubbish companies’ decisions, I believe it’s time for council to lead and take responsibility for rubbish like almost every other council in New Zealand and around the world.

Let’s fix it now so a future generation doesn’t inherit our city’s waste problem.