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Community loses donations as council cancels clean-up

Nov 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

WCC400BROOKLYN’s residents will have to find other ways to raise up to $1500 for the community and dispose of their rubbish after the annual clean-up day was cancelled.

For more than 10 years residents have dumped inorganic waste outside their homes in the clean-up.

Wellington City Council trucks with local volunteers picked up the rubbish, and residents donated money to the Brooklyn Residents Association volunteers.

The joint association and council project, was to be held on November 3.

The council however, will no longer be involved because the volume of rubbish they collect from residents could be money generated at the landfill instead.

Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the project no longer fits their idea of a community clean-up, which he says should benefit the whole community.

“The bottom line is that such ‘clean-ups’ go against the council’s waste minimisation policy and do nothing to encourage residents to think about the impact of generating large amounts of waste,” he said.

Mr MacLean also said that instead of getting the community involved with cleaning up beaches, coastlines, reserves and streams, residents have put out organic waste at no cost.

“It has now turned into an exercise that encourages some residents to throw out a lot of ‘inorganic’ rubbish with the expectation that it’ll be taken to the landfill and they can then avoid the tipping charges that residents in the rest of the city have to pay,” he said.

Once a year, five trucks operated by volunteers and Council staff would collect rubbish from houses in the area .

The project gave residents an opportunity to donate money to the volunteers and up to $1500 has been raised for the association each year.

The council has also cancelled six other residents association clean-up day’s across the city this year.

A Brooklyn Residents Association member, Bernie Harris, said he had enjoyed being a part of the community initiative.

“If anyone has been in those trucks, they’d know it’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Last year 11 tonnes of rubbish was collected from residents and in the past up to 22 tonnes has been disposed of.

Association member, Katie Underwood, who volunteered for the clean-up day, enjoyed the community involvement.

“There were people in their pink fluffy dressing gowns throwing money at us,” she said.

Rubbish collection covered most household disposals except green and kitchen wastes.

The Council has chosen to focus on the accumulation of rubbish in public spaces and will not consider inorganic collection unless individual landfill fees are paid.

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