Waste minimisation leader moves on

Craig Goodwin pictured when promoting the recycling of plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5.

The man who helped take Ashburton District Council’s (ADC) rubbish and recycling service from the dark ages and into a waste minimisation leader has moved on.

Council solid waste manager Craig Goodwin has relocated to the North Island to be closer to family and leaves behind some major improvements in rubbish infrastructure and services.

When Mr Goodwin started with council in 2014 rubbish was collected in black bags and picked up by old green buses.

Resource recovery parks in the district were referred to as ordered or tidy as they are now.

Today state of the art trucks pick up rubbish and kerbside recycling and clever technology and an efficient wheelie bin collection system operates.

Mr Goodwin said he enjoyed his time in Ashburton and was proud of what he and others had been able to achieve.

Recycling volume had increased 30 per cent prior to covid and glass volume by 55 per cent during his time.

Separating the previously combined education and collection contract had been a positive move that had improved engagement with service providers.

Mr Goodwin said he had gone through similar waste minimisation changes in east Waikato and had come to Ashburton with that experience behind him.

Long serving councillor and former mayor Angus McKay said Mr Goodwin had done an excellent job for council.

ADC now led the way with waste minimisation and did a better job of it than most councils around the country.

what could be done with rubbish and recycling and after council ticked things off, Craig went about ensuring everything was achieved.”

Cr McKay said Mr Goodwin was approachable and had built up good relationships with stakeholders.

Mr Goodwin also managed the Rakaia toilet project upgrade. He finished with ADC last week and has taken up a waste minimisation role with Kaipara District Council.

-By Mick Jensen