The proposed changes to our recycling are surely a no-brainer. But whether Hutt City Council should expand its role in rubbish collection, or just leave it to the market, is far less clear cut.
The two kerbside collection systems are connected. A key issue for me is the risk of contamination of the new recycling wheelie bins by people putting rubbish in with their plastic, paper/cardboard and tins. If there is more than 10% of non-recyclables picked up on a collection round, the whole truck-load goes to the tip. We thus fill up expensive landfill space and defeat the environmental gains.