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We’d prefer everyone in Blenheim and Picton who uses our black Council rubbish bags to put them out for kerbside collection - rather than delivering them direct to the rubbish transfer station.
A Council contractor does the street collection in Blenheim and Picton. That contract is based on an expected number of bags and covers the cost of both collecting and disposing of the rubbish bags.
However, far more bags than expected are being dropped straight to the transfer station by members of the public.
The contractor running the transfer station then has to take them over to the landfill – and that’s incurring a cost.
We know it’s easy to throw your rubbish bag onto the trailer if you’re already heading to the transfer station. Some people even assume they’re being helpful by taking their own bags there rather than putting them at the kerb.
But we’d respectfully encourage people to use the kerbside service – we want to keep costs down as much as we can and, as ratepayers, you’re already paying for the kerbside rubbish collection service through your annual rates.