Microchip bins to be trialled in effort to standardise service across Auckland.
A new "pay-as-you-throw" system featuring microchipped waste bins is being proposed to standardise rubbish collection across Auckland.
Householders will be issued with council rubbish bins, which will replace rubbish bags and stickers used in several legacy council areas.
Under the new system aimed at reducing waste, households would be charged only when the rubbish bins were cleared.
Council spokesman Glyn Walters said the initiative was part of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.
"One of the key goals ... is to create a consistent Auckland Council rubbish collection service across the region," he said.
Currently households in North Shore and Waitakere pay $2.25 for each 60-litre rubbish bag they put out.
In Papakura, the cost is $1.95 while those living in the Franklin area pay $2.20 for a rubbish sticker to place on bags purchased separately.
Central and South Auckland residents have their rubbish collections fully funded by rates.
Rodney residents do not receive council service for rubbish collection and have to use private service providers.
Ian Stupple, Auckland Council's solid waste manager, said the new bins would come with microchips.
The collection trucks would be able to record each time a bin was cleared and households would be charged through their accounts.
"The idea is that ... it's done on a pay-per-lift basis, so if you put out the bin then you pay for it and if you don't then you obviously don't," Mr Stupple said.
"There's potential to offer different sized bins for households and it's charged only when it's emptied."
The proposed charge was $2.50 for an 80-litre bin, about the same rate households currently paid.
Mr Stupple said the new system was expected to be introduced by 2016 but details were still being worked out.
It is unclear whether Aucklanders whose rubbish collection is currently paid through their rates would get a rates reduction under the proposed system to offset the user pays charge.
There would also be a new food waste collection service and a better recycling service, he said.
A 14-week food rubbish trial is currently being run on the North Shore where 2000 households were given 23-litre bins for collection.
It is estimated that an average Auckland resident sends 80kg of organic waste to landfills each year.
The cost: Present system
• $2.25 - North Shore, Waitakere (60-litre bag)
• $1.95 - Papakura
• $2.20 - Franklin (rubbish sticker)
• Fully funded by rates - Central and South Auckland
• No council service - Rodney
(source: Auckland Council).