Wednesday, 4th September, 2019
Local real estate agents are working their way around the new municipal tip barcode system.
City Council recently implemented the new payment system for the waste service at the depot.
Ratepayers now receive five free trips to the tip after which they will have to pay.
Under the new system all ratepayers will receive a barcode which will allow them to dump loads of rubbish up to one tonne for free, up to five times per year.
After the fifth trip, users will be charged for each load of general waste. Loads under one tonne will generally attract a fee of between $5 and $15 depending on size and weight.
There had been some concern from tenants that they wouldn’t receive a barcode because they weren’t ratepayers.
“All landlords will be instructed to hand over the barcode for each property to its tenants to allow them to use their five free trips,” a Council spokesman said.
First National principal Zeta Bennett said the majority of the properties they managed will receive rate statements.
“We receive rates here for the majority of the properties we manage. so we keep them on file and when a tenant asks we will provide the barcode.
“They are more than welcome to come in and ask for the barcode.”
Ms Bennett said First National hadn’t had any enquiries yet from tenants.
“The majority of our tenants use the service provided and don’t often have a reason to go to the depot, but I think everyone is aware of the changes.
“Five trips per year is pretty reasonable and then the charges after that start at $5.”
By now, all ratepayers will have received a bar code with their rates notice.