There has been much debate this week in Auckland about changing the way households dispose of their waste and rubbish, including their recycling. The new system looks likely to be a user-pays system.
This could be a system that encourages people to recycle more items (which would be awesome – less waste to the landfill has to be a good thing) – but it also brings up some tricky issues. For example, will people start throwing their rubbish into their neighbours’ rubbish or wheelie bins so they don’t get charged as much? Will people just illegally dump their rubbish to avoid fees? What happens if people want to use their own contractor to get the rubbish collected? Still many questions to asked about the Auckland super city rubbish collection service. What do you think?