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Keeping it green . . . Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust manager Dave Clare hopes to see more three-bay rubbish bins in the Waitaki district. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

New rubbish and recycling bins are targeted at the management of high levels of rubbish in Oamaru.

The Waitaki Resource Recovery Park has plans for two new three-bay rubbish and recycling bins.

So far, bins have been installed at the Oamaru Public Gardens, the Friendly Bay playground and the learn-to-ride cycle park at Oamaru Harbour.

The bins were funded and sourced by the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust.

Dave Clare, manager of the trust, said more of the bins were needed throughout Oamaru and the rest of the Waitaki district.

“Prominent businesspeople have said that we need more,” he said.

Mr Clare said the trust decided to install the bins because the existing bins could not cope with large amounts of rubbish.

“A single rubbish bin five years ago may have been adequate, but the increase in volume of tourists and general traffic means that it’s five years out of date.”

The three-bay bins already in use had been “well utilised” by the public, Mr Clare said.

“They’re relatively attractive; because they’re relatively attractive, they’re being treated with respect

“I’ve not seen any signs of damage or maltreatment.”

Mr Clare said there were many places throughout Oamaru and the Waitaki district that would be suitable sites for the new bins.

Proposed sites included the waterfront, the skate park and the car park next to Scott’s Brewery.

The receptacles are the first public recycling bins to be installed in the district.

Mr Clare said the bins could hold three times the amount of a normal rubbish bin and were diverting an average of 70% by weight of waste from the landfill.

“The more you recycle, the more you control your waste costs,” he said.

Many other councils across the country have similar three-bin systems in place.

Timaru District Council was the first in the country to install the bins, in 2006.

While Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher was in favour of the bins, they came with a caution.

Each bin would cost about $1500 (including installation) and would cost an extra $1200 a year to empty, separate and clean the recyclables, he said.

“That’s not a reason not to do it – it’s just something that we need to be more aware of,” he said.

“A large geographic area means we end up with a lot of bins, but you wouldn’t replace all of them, necessarily.

“In theory, I absolutely support them. In practice, the costs are something that people may not want to necessarily pay.”