Changes to kerbside collections
About the changes to kerbside collections
As part of this commitment to reducing our waste, we consulted on changing the kerbside rubbish collection service (for those who receive it) to a wheelie bin for rubbish, a food scraps bin and recycling bins. This proposal received strong community support in 2021, with 87% of submitters supporting this change. This also aligns with the national changes currently being proposed by Ministry for the Environment for how rubbish is collected and processed across the country.
In September 2022 Waste Management NZ were awarded the contract for the next ten years starting in September 2023. The new service will include:
- A 25-litre residential food waste bin – collected weekly
- A 120-litre wheelie bin for rubbish – collected fortnightly
- Continued fortnightly kerbside collection of glass and recycling (same as the current service).
The new services, and changes to existing services such as different Kerbside collection schedules, will be communicated to our district’s residents, ratepayers and businesses well before the new contract begins.
Until 31 August 2023 Smart Environmental will continue to provide our solid waste services, as they currently exist.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are lots of details that we are still working through for the change of contract - such as what days collections will be, when the bins will be delivered, and what the targeted rate for kerbside collection will be. We will keep adding the answers here as details are confirmed.
We'll make sure all the details of the changes are shared far and wide well before the new contract begins.
Our Council participated in a joint competitive procurement process with Hauraki and Thames Coromandel District Councils. External consultants Morrison Low were hired to prepare the tender and contract specifications and conducted the overall procurement process.
Six companies supplied tenders, with five of those applying to our district.
Audit New Zealand was engaged to act as the probity auditor for the procurement process. Audit NZ is the Auditor-General’s in-house provider of financial audits. The Audit NZ report states that good practice for public sector procurement was followed and that no outstanding probity issues were found.
Each of the three East Waikato councils evaluated the tenders independently of each other and all three identified Waste Management NZ as their preferred provider.
While the procurement process was carried out jointly by all three councils, the final result is three separate contracts. A review of the current joint solid waste contract found that a shared service was not flexible when responding to customer requests or meeting the varied needs of each council. But it found that savings could be made through the joint procurement process.
There will be a formal, independent review of the new contract performance after five years. This will present an opportunity to continue to make any ongoing improvements as required.
Details of this will be confirmed over the coming months as Council sets the budgets for 2023/24. We'll be sharing the details of those draft budgets with the community in early 2023.