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New kerbside collection one step closer - start of interactive tender period

10 July 2007

Christchurch is a step closer to introducing a new kerbside domestic waste collection. The Council is issuing pre tender documentation for the management of the city’s domestic waste.

Chair of the Council’s Zero Waste Working Party Cr Bob Shearing says Council is looking for a flexible solution. "The Council recognises there will be areas with particular needs and are seeking contractors that are prepared to work with Council and the community to find innovative ways to ensure the best possible outcome.

"We are looking for a kerbside service that will help Council achieve its waste reduction goals and re-establish Council as a leader in waste minimisation."

Councillors were told by Timaru’s Deputy Mayor Cr Michael Oliver in a seminar last week that after almost a year since the introduction of its three bin kerbside refuse collection there has been about a 75% reduction in waste collected at the kerbside going to landfill in Timaru.

Cr Oliver said there had been a high uptake of the service by the community with some residents commenting it was the "best thing (Timaru) Council had done".

Cr Shearing says the Timaru experience confirms Christchurch is heading in the right direction. "Timaru is to be congratulated for having the foresight to introduce such an innovative and successful system. Once our collection service is in place, Christchurch will also reduce the volume going to landfill - the Timaru experience confirms we will be in a win, win situation.

"The number of truck trips to Kate Valley Landfill will reduce, the life of Kate Valley will increase resulting in both environmental and financial benefits which mean our ratepayers win on all counts."

Tender documentation for the contracts to collect and process Christchurch’s domestic waste will detail requirements for:

1. A household kerbside service including a fortnightly collection of recyclables, a weekly collection of organics (food scraps and green waste) and a fortnightly collection of residual rubbish.

2. Organic processing including the design, build and operation of an organics processing facility (composting plant).

3. Recycling processing including the design, build and operation of a materials recycling facility.

The issuing of the pre tender documentation signifies the start of an interactive tender period and follows a registration of interest process through which contractors registered their interest in one or more of the contracts.

The short listed contractors will participate in an interactive process involving site visits and interviews prior to the issuing of formal tender documents in August 2007.

Contracts are expected to be awarded in December 2007 for a staged rollout of services currently planned to start in February 2009.

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