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 |  Ed Arron  | 
The TCDC prepaid rubbish bin tag system is not fit for purpose.

Last Monday evening we put our bin out on Albert Street, Whitianga and walked to the Game Fishing Club.

However,  on our way back, I observed that a barcode had been torn off a bin tag at the waterfront end of Monk Street.  When we got home, I checked our bin, and our tag was completely missing, and an empty plastic water bottle had been added to our bin! I don’t know if the tag was stolen or if it was simply blown away with the wind after the bin had been opened. I had to replace the tag.

I then visited the TCDC in Monk Street to be advised that the Council does not replace damaged or missing bin tags but was assured that my concerns would be conveyed to the manager of solid waste.

On my way back home I stumbled across the ripped off barcode from the vandalised Monk Street bin not far from the Council Offices, and that bin had not been emptied. We now have two vandalised bin tags on a short walk!

I am sending the TCDC an invoice for $8 for my missing tag.  This “system” is not fit for purpose.

The obvious elephant in the room is the ten-year contract the TCDC signed with Waste Management. How is Waste Management paid? By bin emptied or by week/month/year? If people abandon the TCDC not fit for purpose “system” in favour of the bullet proof Coastal Bins or Smart Environmental services and revenue from the sale of TCDC bin tags tank, are ratepayers left holding the can and effectively paying twice

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