Key issue 3: Waste service standardisation

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Over the next three years we will continue to standardise waste services and charges across Auckland to achieve the outcomes planned in the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018.

We are proposing

A move to a region-wide rates-funded rubbish collection service with a choice of three bin sizes (with different pricing for each) to accommodate different household needs.

Standardised services and charges across the region will mean everyone with the same sized bin pays the same rate no matter where you live, which is more equitable.

For most households, the proposed rates-based service is estimated to be cheaper than the currently planned pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) model with prepaid bin tags or bags.

Also, standardising which properties can opt-out of waste management services and charges across Auckland.

Three-bin system

Graphic of a recycle bin, three sizes of rubbish bins, and a food scarp bin.

Recycling

  • Fortnightly recycling service to continue as usual.
  • Already included in base charge.

Rubbish

  • Regional rates funded service from 2024/2025.
  • A choice of 240L, 120L and 80L bins with a lower charge for the smaller bins.
  • Funded through its own rate – no tags.
  • Bags still available in areas that use them.

Food scraps

  • Food scraps collection to be expanded across Auckland from 2023.
  • Complements home composting systems.
  • Funded through its own rate.
  • Reduces your rubbish and may help you manage with a smaller rubbish bin for a reduced cost.

Other waste services

  • The base charge also still covers regional initiatives including inorganic collection, community recycling centres and the Hauraki Gulf Islands subsidy.

The issue

  • Household waste is 20 per cent of overall waste.
  • 135,000 tonnes of domestic recyclables.
  • 180,000 tonnes of domestic rubbish to landfill each year.

How we manage our waste in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland is a critical issue for the health of our environment and for doing our bit for the climate.

The plan

Our vision is to do what is best for the environment while keeping costs for households as low as possible.

Te Mahere Whakahaere me te Whakaiti Tukunga Para i Tāmaki Makaurau the Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 (the waste plan) sets out the Zero Waste Vision for Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland and actions to achieve it by 2040.

To minimise household waste the current waste plan commits to:

  • the introduction of a region-wide “three-bin” collection system (rubbish, recycling and food scraps) over time to enable maximum diversion of waste from landfill
  • implementing a region-wide PAYT charging system for rubbish collections.

Instead of PAYT, we are proposing a change of the waste plan to a region-wide rates-funded rubbish, collection service with a choice of three bin sizes to accommodate different household needs.

We are also proposing to standardise who is liable for the waste management targeted rates in multi-unit residential developments, lifestyle and farm properties, and some businesses.

Under this proposal the ability to opt out of charges will be consistent across the region.

The waste plan change to a regional rates-based service would come into effect from 2024/2025.

Graphic of a suburban street with waste bins and a rubbish truck.

The benefits

The expected benefits of the proposed approach include:

  • Economical: the rates-based service is more economical than a pay-as-you-throw service. With everyone on the same service, the general operating cost will go down by about $70 per household for all three services. Those cost savings are passed on to the customer under this proposal.
  • Ease: a choice of three rubbish bin sizes to suit your needs. You can save money if you produce less waste, but if you need more space, bigger bins are available.
  • Equity: standardised services and charges across the region, so that everyone with the same sized bin pays the same no matter where you live.
  • Emissions reduction: reducing waste to landfill and our climate emissions.

How much and when

The following changes are the proposed timings and cost impacts of the standardisation changes.

Rubbish collection

Households in Manukau and central Auckland would continue to pay for their rubbish collection through their waste targeted rate.

Households in current PAYT areas would no longer be required to buy tags and would shift to paying through a targeted rate via a staged implementation.

Bags would still be available in rural areas and Auckland city centre. This could start in April 2024 in Papakura and Franklin and continue for the North Shore and Waitākere throughout 2024/2025, with a rates-funded refuse service starting in Rodney at the same time.

Although changes in rates would not come into effect for the North Shore, Rodney and Waitākere until 2024/2025, operational lead times require certainty of decision-making well in advance of that time.

Food Scraps

The food scraps service is currently available in Papakura and parts of the North Shore.

We will be extending this service to the rest of urban Auckland in 2023.

During the 2022/2023 financial year, the service will be introduced to the households in Waitākere and North Shore that are not currently receiving the service.

The food scraps service is funded by a fixed targeted rate charged to each separately used or inhabited part (SUIP) of a rating unit within the areas receiving the service.

The food scraps service charge for 2022/2023 is estimated to be $71.28 per SUIP for properties in Papakura and the parts of North Shore currently receiving the service.

Properties in areas where the services are being introduced will pay a portion of the charge based on when the service starts.

Graphic of a greenhouse and a vegetable plant.Food scrap collections will provide heat and food for growing vegetables.


Find more information

For information on estimated food scraps rate and a map of the service areas, see page 72 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

Estimated household costs

The estimated annual costs for each bin size for a rates-funded refuse collection in 2024/2025 are listed below. Costs have been adjusted for inflation and increased waste charges.

For most households, the proposed rates-based service is estimated to be cheaper than the currently planned PAYT model with prepaid bin tags or bags.

80L rubbish bin

Current rates charge: Service not available

Current cost for 52 bin tags: $148.20 ($2.85 per tag)

Estimated financial year 2024/2025 rates charge: $124

120/140L rubbish bin

Current rates charge: $150.06

Current cost for 52 bin tags: $221 ($4.25 per tag)

Estimated financial year 2024/2025 rates charge: $187

240L rubbish bin

Current rates charge: $220.59

Current cost for 52 bin tags: $319.80 ($6.15 per tag)

Estimated financial year 2024/2025 rates charge: $276

Recycling and food scrap collections

Households currently pay $142.70 for recycling, which is estimated to be $127 in financial year 2024/2025.

The food scraps rate is currently $69.88, which is estimated to be $61 in financial year 2024/2025.

Pay-as-you-throw tags and rates

Pay-as-you-throw tags (120 litre rubbish bin):

Service
PAYT cost if we continue current hybrid weekly refuse service
Cost if we move to regional PAYT weekly refuse service
Total for rubbish and recycling
$329
$353
Total (incl. food scraps)
$391
$415


Rates (120 litre rubbish bin):

Service
Rates cost if we continue current hybrid weekly refuse service
Rates cost if we move to regional weekly refuse service
Total for rubbish and recycling
$323
$314
Total (incl. food scraps)
$385
$375


Multi-units

We plan to apply the waste management targeted rates on a per SUIP basis to all residential and lifestyle properties with less than ten SUIPs under one title, effective from 1 July 2022.

Some properties in central Auckland currently pay for fewer services than they have SUIPs. To manage the impact of this change these properties will stay on their current arrangements until the owner of the property changes.

Opt outs

A minimum targeted rate charge to cover the costs of our regional initiatives will apply to all eligible rateable SUIPs across Auckland that are not currently paying this, effective from 2023/2024.

Residential

We plan to allow multi-unit residential developments of ten or more units to opt-out of refuse, recycling, and food scrap services if we cannot provide a service.

This will be effective from 1 July 2022 for central Auckland and from 1 July 2023 for the rest of the region. Properties in central Auckland who have opted out under the current rules will stay on their current arrangements.

Non-residential

We plan to allow non-residential properties (excluding lifestyle properties) to opt out of council waste services and waste charges at their request, effective from 1 July 2023, as our kerbside service is more suitable for domestic waste than dealing with the wide range and nature of business and farm waste.

We cannot effectively assess the suitability of the council’s service for these 31,000 properties on a case-by-case basis.

Find more information

For more information, see page 72 of our supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

You should know

This information on waste services is an edited version of the Annual Budget 2022/2023 pages.

See page 26 of the Annual Budget 2022/2023 document (PDF 10MB) for more information information.

Over the next three years we will continue to standardise waste services and charges across Auckland to achieve the outcomes planned in the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018.

We are proposing

A move to a region-wide rates-funded rubbish collection service with a choice of three bin sizes (with different pricing for each) to accommodate different household needs.

Standardised services and charges across the region will mean everyone with the same sized bin pays the same rate no matter where you live, which is more equitable.

For most households, the proposed rates-based service is estimated to be cheaper than the currently planned pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) model with prepaid bin tags or bags.

Also, standardising which properties can opt-out of waste management services and charges across Auckland.

Three-bin system

Graphic of a recycle bin, three sizes of rubbish bins, and a food scarp bin.

Recycling

  • Fortnightly recycling service to continue as usual.
  • Already included in base charge.

Rubbish

  • Regional rates funded service from 2024/2025.
  • A choice of 240L, 120L and 80L bins with a lower charge for the smaller bins.
  • Funded through its own rate – no tags.
  • Bags still available in areas that use them.

Food scraps

  • Food scraps collection to be expanded across Auckland from 2023.
  • Complements home composting systems.
  • Funded through its own rate.
  • Reduces your rubbish and may help you manage with a smaller rubbish bin for a reduced cost.

Other waste services

  • The base charge also still covers regional initiatives including inorganic collection, community recycling centres and the Hauraki Gulf Islands subsidy.

The issue

  • Household waste is 20 per cent of overall waste.
  • 135,000 tonnes of domestic recyclables.
  • 180,000 tonnes of domestic rubbish to landfill each year.

How we manage our waste in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland is a critical issue for the health of our environment and for doing our bit for the climate.

The plan

Our vision is to do what is best for the environment while keeping costs for households as low as possible.

Te Mahere Whakahaere me te Whakaiti Tukunga Para i Tāmaki Makaurau the Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 (the waste plan) sets out the Zero Waste Vision for Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland and actions to achieve it by 2040.

To minimise household waste the current waste plan commits to:

  • the introduction of a region-wide “three-bin” collection system (rubbish, recycling and food scraps) over time to enable maximum diversion of waste from landfill
  • implementing a region-wide PAYT charging system for rubbish collections.

Instead of PAYT, we are proposing a change of the waste plan to a region-wide rates-funded rubbish, collection service with a choice of three bin sizes to accommodate different household needs.

We are also proposing to standardise who is liable for the waste management targeted rates in multi-unit residential developments, lifestyle and farm properties, and some businesses.

Under this proposal the ability to opt out of charges will be consistent across the region.

The waste plan change to a regional rates-based service would come into effect from 2024/2025.

Graphic of a suburban street with waste bins and a rubbish truck.

The benefits

The expected benefits of the proposed approach include:

  • Economical: the rates-based service is more economical than a pay-as-you-throw service. With everyone on the same service, the general operating cost will go down by about $70 per household for all three services. Those cost savings are passed on to the customer under this proposal.
  • Ease: a choice of three rubbish bin sizes to suit your needs. You can save money if you produce less waste, but if you need more space, bigger bins are available.
  • Equity: standardised services and charges across the region, so that everyone with the same sized bin pays the same no matter where you live.
  • Emissions reduction: reducing waste to landfill and our climate emissions.

How much and when

The following changes are the proposed timings and cost impacts of the standardisation changes.

Rubbish collection

Households in Manukau and central Auckland would continue to pay for their rubbish collection through their waste targeted rate.

Households in current PAYT areas would no longer be required to buy tags and would shift to paying through a targeted rate via a staged implementation.

Bags would still be available in rural areas and Auckland city centre. This could start in April 2024 in Papakura and Franklin and continue for the North Shore and Waitākere throughout 2024/2025, with a rates-funded refuse service starting in Rodney at the same time.

Although changes in rates would not come into effect for the North Shore, Rodney and Waitākere until 2024/2025, operational lead times require certainty of decision-making well in advance of that time.

Food Scraps

The food scraps service is currently available in Papakura and parts of the North Shore.

We will be extending this service to the rest of urban Auckland in 2023.

During the 2022/2023 financial year, the service will be introduced to the households in Waitākere and North Shore that are not currently receiving the service.

The food scraps service is funded by a fixed targeted rate charged to each separately used or inhabited part (SUIP) of a rating unit within the areas receiving the service.

The food scraps service charge for 2022/2023 is estimated to be $71.28 per SUIP for properties in Papakura and the parts of North Shore currently receiving the service.

Properties in areas where the services are being introduced will pay a portion of the charge based on when the service starts.

Graphic of a greenhouse and a vegetable plant.Food scrap collections will provide heat and food for growing vegetables.


Find more information

For information on estimated food scraps rate and a map of the service areas, see page 72 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

Estimated household costs

The estimated annual costs for each bin size for a rates-funded refuse collection in 2024/2025 are listed below. Costs have been adjusted for inflation and increased waste charges.

For most households, the proposed rates-based service is estimated to be cheaper than the currently planned PAYT model with prepaid bin tags or bags.

80L rubbish bin

Current rates charge: Service not available

Current cost for 52 bin tags: $148.20 ($2.85 per tag)

Estimated financial year 2024/2025 rates charge: $124

120/140L rubbish bin

Current rates charge: $150.06

Current cost for 52 bin tags: $221 ($4.25 per tag)

Estimated financial year 2024/2025 rates charge: $187

240L rubbish bin

Current rates charge: $220.59

Current cost for 52 bin tags: $319.80 ($6.15 per tag)

Estimated financial year 2024/2025 rates charge: $276

Recycling and food scrap collections

Households currently pay $142.70 for recycling, which is estimated to be $127 in financial year 2024/2025.

The food scraps rate is currently $69.88, which is estimated to be $61 in financial year 2024/2025.

Pay-as-you-throw tags and rates

Pay-as-you-throw tags (120 litre rubbish bin):

Service
PAYT cost if we continue current hybrid weekly refuse service
Cost if we move to regional PAYT weekly refuse service
Total for rubbish and recycling
$329
$353
Total (incl. food scraps)
$391
$415


Rates (120 litre rubbish bin):

Service
Rates cost if we continue current hybrid weekly refuse service
Rates cost if we move to regional weekly refuse service
Total for rubbish and recycling
$323
$314
Total (incl. food scraps)
$385
$375


Multi-units

We plan to apply the waste management targeted rates on a per SUIP basis to all residential and lifestyle properties with less than ten SUIPs under one title, effective from 1 July 2022.

Some properties in central Auckland currently pay for fewer services than they have SUIPs. To manage the impact of this change these properties will stay on their current arrangements until the owner of the property changes.

Opt outs

A minimum targeted rate charge to cover the costs of our regional initiatives will apply to all eligible rateable SUIPs across Auckland that are not currently paying this, effective from 2023/2024.

Residential

We plan to allow multi-unit residential developments of ten or more units to opt-out of refuse, recycling, and food scrap services if we cannot provide a service.

This will be effective from 1 July 2022 for central Auckland and from 1 July 2023 for the rest of the region. Properties in central Auckland who have opted out under the current rules will stay on their current arrangements.

Non-residential

We plan to allow non-residential properties (excluding lifestyle properties) to opt out of council waste services and waste charges at their request, effective from 1 July 2023, as our kerbside service is more suitable for domestic waste than dealing with the wide range and nature of business and farm waste.

We cannot effectively assess the suitability of the council’s service for these 31,000 properties on a case-by-case basis.

Find more information

For more information, see page 72 of our supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

You should know

This information on waste services is an edited version of the Annual Budget 2022/2023 pages.

See page 26 of the Annual Budget 2022/2023 document (PDF 10MB) for more information information.

Page last updated: 28 Mar 2022, 06:19 PM