That’s a whole heap of rubbish

PAST TENTS: Waste Management branch manager Mike Ayton stands in front of the landfill pile at his Innes Street site. The most unusual items dumped at this time of year were the large number of tents, seen behind Mr Ayton. Pictures by Liam Clayton
PLASTIC WASTE: Two days of plastic from waste collection around Gisborne and the rubbish from Rhythm and Vines still to come.

The amount of rubbish collected in Gisborne almost tripled over Christmas.

Waste Management branch manager Mike Ayton said the approximate total volume of a week’s rubbish in Gisborne was 900 tonnes.

For the week ending December 23 that swelled to 2500 tonnes of rubbish — which is 2.5 million kgs, or the weight of 360 elephants.

The amount of rubbish is set to surge again, from the influx of an estimated extra 20,000 people in Gisborne over the Christmas and New Year period as the waste and recycling from those days filters through.

Mr Ayton said Gisborne was a region that loved to recycle.

Waste Management had kept on top of incoming waste, with four trucks already dispatched before 9am today to move the rubbish and recycling to various locations around the North Island.

When the Herald visited this morning, a large number of tents, left over from R&V, had mounted up in the landfill section. These will all get trucked to the Tirohia landfill in Waikato.

The glass waste gets trucked to Auckland for recycling, the plastic goes to Tauranga and the cardboard goes to Napier.

Rubbish collected at the Innes Street site is a mix of waste from commercial sites, from up the East Coast, kerb- side collection and all the events in Gisborne over the past week.

The biggest problem was illegal dumping at night, said Mr Ayton. People would stuff rubbish bags full of waste through the 24 hour recycling slots, and that created a lot of extra work for his staff as they had to sort it out.

The amount of rubbish collected in Gisborne almost tripled over Christmas.

Waste Management branch manager Mike Ayton said the approximate total volume of a week’s rubbish in Gisborne was 900 tonnes.

For the week ending December 23 that swelled to 2500 tonnes of rubbish — which is 2.5 million kgs, or the weight of 360 elephants.

The amount of rubbish is set to surge again, from the influx of an estimated extra 20,000 people in Gisborne over the Christmas and New Year period as the waste and recycling from those days filters through.

Mr Ayton said Gisborne was a region that loved to recycle.

Waste Management had kept on top of incoming waste, with four trucks already dispatched before 9am today to move the rubbish and recycling to various locations around the North Island.

When the Herald visited this morning, a large number of tents, left over from R&V, had mounted up in the landfill section. These will all get trucked to the Tirohia landfill in Waikato.

The glass waste gets trucked to Auckland for recycling, the plastic goes to Tauranga and the cardboard goes to Napier.

Rubbish collected at the Innes Street site is a mix of waste from commercial sites, from up the East Coast, kerb- side collection and all the events in Gisborne over the past week.

The biggest problem was illegal dumping at night, said Mr Ayton. People would stuff rubbish bags full of waste through the 24 hour recycling slots, and that created a lot of extra work for his staff as they had to sort it out.

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