Innovative Waste Update

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Updates from Innovative Waste (IWK) our resource recovery and waste centre.

 January Recycling Improvements 

Recent work to resealing and drainage works on the main yard are now complete and the team at Innovative Waste Kaikoura Ltd is continuing to improve the way they handle Kaikoura's recycling and waste. These improvements will make sure Kaikoura can recycle more of our waste, extend the life of the landfill and keep our staff and community safe when visiting Innovative Waste.  

All recycling should be rinsed and clean from any contamination (as required – tins, soft plastics, plastics). All furniture, household items and clothing for the shop must be in good condition and must be taken to a staff member for acceptance in the shop, do not drop off items outside the shop or the furniture shed.

If you're dropping off recycling at the yard, please separate clear drink bottles and milk bottles from other plastics. 

The next improvement will be colour sorting for glass to allow glass to be fully recycled. There will be no change to glass kerbside collection but glass dropped off at the yard will need to be colour sorted.

The team knows the changes may take time to get used to. They'd like to thanks everyone for their patience and their help reducing Kaikouras waste. Abuse of Innovative Waste staff will not be tolerated, any issues should be raised directly with General Manager Jacki Remihana either onsite or via 03 319 7148 or 0220827251. If you need a hand understanding the improvements, see the staff member in the kiosk by the weighbridge and they will be happy to help. 

Read an open letter from the team here 

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Redevelopment update

Update: 07 December 2018

Resealing and drainage works are underway at IWK's yard. There is a temporary entry into the yard through IWK Office driveway off Scarborough Street (before the regular entrance).

IWK will continue to operate the Resource Recovery Centre from the temporary access and site created whilst the redevelopment works are being undertaken.

You can access through the IWK main office entrance and head around by the containers and you will see the entry to the site.

The redevelopment is progressing well, but is now weather dependant.

IWK are excited about how the yard is looking and can’t wait to be operating out of there again. Your patience is appreciated while the works are carried out. 

Keep up to date with the redevelopment work by following IWK on Facebook.

Improvement works set to begin

Update: 08 November 2018

From 14 November until the end of December 2018, there will be resealing and drainage works being carried out at the IWK yard. There will be a temporary entry into the IWK yard through the IWK office driveway (on Scarborough Street).

Innovative Waste Kaikōura have begun improving the way they handle and process recycling. Part of this means tightening up on what they will and wont collect from the kerbside.

Handy tips to make sure your recycling does get collected:

  • Wash and squash all recycling.
  • Separate your glass.
  • Use the provided green bags for papers.
  • Flatten cardboard and stack under containers.
  • Out by 7am.

IWK will accept the following as recycling:

  • All plastics including clean shopping bags, glad wrap, bubble wrap
  • Aluminum & steel cans
  • Plastic bottles & containers, including soft drink and milk (1-7's)
  • Newspapers
  • Paper, junk mail, magazines etc
  • Cardboard.

IWK will not accept the following as recycling:

  • Rubber
  • Polystyrene meat trays
  • Foil lined wrappings
  • Chip and biscuit wrappers
  • Coffee and cat food sachets
  • Cigarette butts
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Fiberglass.

If you need more information, don’t have a green bag or want to check collection days/times call the team on 03 319 7148 or visit their website or Facebook page.

The changes are part of a bigger set of improvements that will help make sure we are sustainably managing the district’s waste. Recent changes both in NZ and overseas mean it’s harder or more expensive to recycle certain materials. If IWK collect materials they can’t recycle, ratepayers end up paying for it over time as our landfill fills up or Innovative Waste has to pay to get rid of it. Cutting corners at the kerbside still costs your pocket in the long run.

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 Innovative worker joins Innovative Waste - General Manager appointed

June 2018 Jacki RemihanaUpdate: May 2018

Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK) are delighted to announce the appointing of Jacki Remihana to be the General Manager of IWK starting 25 June 2018. Jacki has been working in senior leadership roles for the past ten years. She comes to Kaikōura from Acting Service Delivery Manager at Waikato District Council (WDC). Jacki oversaw the Three Waters and Solid Waste and parks and facilities services for the Waikato District. Prior to that, she was programme delivery manager for WDC. 

Over the next three years, Council will work with Jacki to plan and begin the development of the Resource Recovery Centre at IWK making it safer, and maximising the efficiency of our re-use and recycling opportunities and the management of our waste. 

Jacki says she is looking forward to the challenges that her role as General Manager at IWK will present and also to living in such a beautiful District.

Welcome on board Jacki, we are very pleased to have you!

The Council owns 100% of the Kaikōura Enhancement Trust (KET), which in turn owns 100% of Innovative Waste Kaikōura Ltd (IWK). IWK manages the landfill and resource recovery operations, delivers recycling services, and in 2015 was contracted to provide public toilet cleaning services within the district and maintenance for Three Waters.

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Changes to recycling and rubbish collection - Clarence and Kēkerengū

Update: 20 April 2018 

We have changed back to a recycling collection service for Clarence and Kēkerengū as existed prior to the earthquake closing SH1. The temporary waste bin that was provided whilst the highway was closed has now been removed and rubbish should not be left at the site.

There is a recycling station in Kēkerengū at the Kēkerengū Community Centre and in Clarence outside the old Woodbank School (43 Clarence Valley Road).
Collection days are Wednesdays. We have also resumed the recycling only collection along SH1 which needs to be out by 7am to be collected.

Please note: these are RECYCLING services and not for general rubbish/waste. Non-recyclable material needs to be taken to Innovative Waste Kaikōura, or arrange a rubbish collection with a waste contractor. 
For more information about what can/cannot be recycled please contact Innovative Waste Kaikoura on 319 7148 or visit the IWK website.

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Innovative Waste Update January 31 2018

IWK now closing on Tuesdays

Since the earthquake, IWK has been dealing with much higher volumes of waste. 2017 was their busiest year ever and things aren’t slowing down.

To help them deal with this extra workload safely IWK will close to the public on Tuesdays, starting from Tuesday 6th February (Waitangi day)

Residential recycling and rubbish services

Some recycling/rubbish services were affected by the earthquake. From the 14th of February, services will be returning to the way things were before the earthquake.  This means IWK services will run as follows: 

Weekly roadside recycling collection is available throughout the District. If the collection day is a public holiday, it will be collected the next working day. 

  • Kaikōura Township and South Bay - Weekly Thursdays
  • Ocean Ridge - Weekly Wednesdays
  • Clarence & Kēkerengū - Weekly Wednesday Mornings
  • Oaro/Goose Bay (including all properties south of the closed State Highway area) - Fortnightly on a Wednesday (Note this will be reviewed as the road situation changes.)
  • There are also a number of rural drop off sites - read more about rural recycling

Kēkerengū and Clarence

After the earthquake and the closure of SH1, IWK could not continue to manage the recycling/rubbish for Clarence and Kēkerengū

Council agreed to pay for a temporary arrangement with Marlborough District Council (MDC) for MDC to provide these services instead. MDC agreed to make their Ward facility available and to look after a residual waste bin and recycling bin in the Clarence township. These bins have been being emptied by MDC on an as needed basis.

Council is now changing back to using IWK to provide rubbish and recycling services for Kēkerengū and Clarence, ending the cost to the ratepayer of paying MDC.

On Wednesday 14 February IWK will begin their services and the MDC services will be stopped.

IWK services will include:

  • one recycling station in Kēkerengū
  • two recycling stations in Clarence
  • household recycling collection to settlements south of Clarence on SH1.

Toilets, public bins and dumped waste

Council is currently working with IWK to make sure the appropriate contracts, people and communications are in place to allow IWK to look after the Districts public bins, toilets and deal with dumped waste.

This includes:

-        making sure there is a 24/7 contact phone number for the public to report issues with toilets/bins/dumped waste (including human waste)

-        making sure toilets are checked and cleaned as often as is required

-        making sure bins are emptied as often as required

Although both IWK and Council are committed to keeping our District and its facilities clean and tidy, to keep the costs of these services acceptable to the ratepayer, we have to make sensible decisions about how often things are cleaned/checked. The new agreements will be developed as soon as possible. Once they are in place, Council will provide an update.

Keeping the ‘innovative’ in Innovative Waste

KDC and IWK remain committed to ensuring Kaikōura’s waste is sustainably managed. We know that Earthcheck certification and environmental sustainability are important to the community and know that Kaikōuran’s pride themselves on their commitment to recycling.

Because of the impacts of the earthquake on Kaikōura’ s buildings, infrastructure and natural environment, last year was the busiest ever for both IWK’s recycling and 3 waters business. This busy period is expected to continue for at least the next few years.

Currently, Kaikōura ratepayers contribute $150-$200k annually to IWK. Post-earthquake, both value for money for our ratepayers and effective sustainable waste management are more important than ever.

To make sure IWK is operating as effectively and sustainably as possible and to bring new ideas on how we can be innovative, a new interim General Manager, Averill Stevenson, has been appointed for IWK on a short-term contract until March 2018.

Averil will work together with IWK’s new Transitional Board of Directors to review the way IWK is working and offer advice for improving the returning value for money and effectiveness of waste management in the Kaikōura District.  While this is underway, IWK will continue to operate as normal.

If the review indicates changes are needed, the community will have a chance to have their say.

Averill comes to IWK from ECOCentral – an organisation that started as a charitable trust and has a heavy focus on sustainability and recycling- and has many years’ experience in waste management.

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How IWK and Kaikōura District Council work together

Council contracts IWK to deliver services including managing the District’s recycling and rubbish, maintaining public toilets and looking after some of our water infrastructure and services. IWK also provides waste management services to other private business.

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22 January 2019