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Southland district ratepayers
appear to have embraced the two-
bin rubbish and recycling service
which began a fortnight ago.
When adopting the new system,
the council hoped to divert around
1000 tonnes a year away from
landfills to be recycled. In each
of its first two weeks of operation
between 8 and 10 tonnes of
recycling has been collected,
indicating things are on target.
However, council water and waste
asset manager Ian Evans was
cautious not to read too much
into the early figures, saying that
some people may have stockpiled
recyclable materials knowing that
the first collection wasn't far away.
However, he was encouraged by
the general support.
"People do definitely seem to be
catching on to the new service."
Recycling has been most
enthusiastically embraced in Te
Anau where 11 tonnes was picked
up in the first kerbside collection
last week -- "which is quite
significant," Mr Evans said. The
council had anticipated something
in the vicinity of eight tonnes from
In general the change to the new
two-bin system had gone well,
however there were still a few
teething problems with getting the
right number of bins to the right
people and Mr Evan urged those
affected to be a little more patient
while those last details were being
In the meantime, anyone who had
not received their new bins with
coloured lids -- red for rubbish and
yellow for recycling -- was asked
to put their rubbish at the kerb
in a black plastic bag on their
nominated rubbish day and to take
any recycling to their local transfer
Most of the old green wheelie
bins should have been collected
by now. Anyone who forgot to put
theirs out for pick-up could drop
it off at the local recycle drop-off
station or any Northern Southland
Meanwhile, there were a few
minor issues with people putting
the wrong items out for recycling.
The most common was clothing
and fabric which was not being
accepted as part of the wheelie
bin service. Anyone wanting
to recycle these items was
encouraged to deposit them in a
clothing bin at various locations
The other problem was
green waste or food scraps
Mr Evans said it wasn't essential
that everything be spotless,
but it should be free of any
contaminating particles. For
example, a pizza box could be put
in the recycling bin providing any
food scraps stuck to it had been
scraped off. Likewise, milk bottles
should be given a quick rinse so
that there was no residue that
"You've got to realise that there
are people handling this at the
other end so for their benefit it's
got to be reasonably clean," he
Bins embraced Two records fell at the Southland
Secondary Schools' Cross Country
Champonships held at Te Anau
The cross country held annually at
Ivon Wilson Park and is the largest
sporting event hosted by Fiordland
College. This year's races attracted
more than 300 competitors from
16 schools throughout Southland,
along with Wakatipu High School.
Fiordland College deputy principal
Shaun Cantwell said the home
college was a standout performer
with 70 participants, many of
whom who featured prominently
among the placegetters.
For the unprecedented 11th
consecutive year Fiordland College
won the Fiordland Shield, a trophy
competed for between the six
country schools. It also won the
under-13 girls' team race with
Tamara Mitchell coming in first,
Keri-Anne Sinclair second and
Anna McDonald fourth. Alistair
Green was second, Nick Cantwell
third and Andy Cantwell 11th to
take out the under-16 boys' team
race. The college was also to the
fore in other age groups, coming
second in the under-13 boys', third
in the under-14 boys' second in
the over-16 boys' and third in the
over-16 girls' team races.
"We're knocking (the other
schools) over. I'm really quite
proud of that because it's one
area where we compete with these
other schools and we come out
top dog," Mr Cantwell said.
Highlights of the day were when
Liam Cullen, of Verdon College
broke the under-13 boys' record
previously held by Fiordland's
Jono Hayes. Another standout
was Northern Southland College
student Jack Beaumont who
celebrated his birthday by taking
seven seconds off the under-14
boys' record. That record was
previously held by Glen Ballam
who is currently New Zealand's
top 800m runner.
Records broken at champs
Jack Beaumont, of Northern Southland College strides it out to easily win
and break the course record for the under-14 boys' race at the Southland
Secondary School's Cross Country Championships. PHOTO: Barry Harcourt
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