Western Bay of Plenty District Council's proposals for rubbish collection and recycling is extremely expensive for the elderly who generally are more careful with what they dispose of.

Our household of two elderly people put one council paid rubbish bag out on average every three weeks, and we take our recyclables to the recycling depot approximately every two weeks.

The cost to us is: rubbish bags less than $60 and recycling because we have a hybrid car, live about 1km from the depot and combine our recycling run with a trip to the supermarket - costs approximately $52 total, so

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