Infrastructure Cook Islands has put out a call for tenders, to collect the islands’ trash.
Waste and sanitation director Jaime Short said the new schedule would provide each home on the island with one collection day per week; the trucks would operate around the island from Monday to Saturday.
That is a cutback for some areas which have had two or three collections a week – though much of the island already has weekly collections.
Short explained the new schedule would improve refuse and recycling collection services and make the islands’ waste disposal more efficient.
The contract to collect and dispose of refuse and recyclables is for residential and commercial properties on Rarotonga for the next five years.
The scope of their work would also involve the collection of up to 120 litres of each type of specified recyclable from commercial properties in Rarotonga alone.
The successful applicant would also need to transport refuse and recyclable to the Rarotonga Waster Facility in Arorangi.
The tender closes on September 13 and Short said they would estimate another two weeks for evaluation, identifying the preferred tenderer, writing a tender report and waiting on final approval from the Tender Committee.
According to the tender documents the general routes for each day for the refuse and recycling collection service route are;
Monday – Paringaru, Ngatangiia to Matavera- Collect from Ara Tapu and Ara Metua between Paringaru Stream East to Tuarai Rd in Matavera. Cross roads: Kaireva Rd, Kaireva Drive, Ngati Maoate Rd, Vaenga Rd, Matavera Rd, Rotopu Rd, Are Taunga Rd, Are Taunga Dr, Titama Rd, Tamaiva Dr, Tuarai Rd. Public spaces: Nikao Social Centre and Blackrock and Nukupure Park receptacles.
Tuesday – Paringaru, Ngatangiia West to Vaiokura Rd, Muri Enua, Arorangi- Collect from Ara Tapu and Ara Metua, between Paringaru Stream West to Vaiokura Rd (Betela Meeting House). Cross roads: Tereru Rd, Tikioki Rd, Akapuao Rd, Vaiuna Rd, Angaroa Rd, Kauare Rd, Tere Carr’s road, Itimarama Rd, Te Au Rd, Matiekura Rd, Aroa Rd, Onemaru Rd, Te Toro Rd, Cocoputt, Kainganui Rd (next to Moana Oasis Villa). Public spaces: Papaaroa beach.
Wednesday - Muri Enua North to Ruaau Arerenga South - Collect from Ara Tapu and Ara Metua between Vaiokura Rd North to Inave Rd (Mini Golf sign). No collection along Vaiokura Rd on this day. Cross roads: Ruaroa Rd, Kurukau Rd, Arerenga Rd, Raemaru Park Rd, Akaoa Rd, Aretuna Rd, Inave Rd. Public spaces: Nikao Social Centre and Blackrock.
Thursday - Ruaau-Arerenga North to Nikao Panama - Collect from Ara Tapu and Ara Metua between Inave Rd North to Avatiu cross road on the Ara Metua. No collection on Inave Rd on this day and no collection between CITC Supermarket to the cross road. Cross roads: Road travelling inland at Vonnia’s Arorangi, Pokoinu-i-raro Rd, Tipani Rd, Pokoinu Rd, Tapatea Rd, Maretu Rd, Tereora Rd.
Friday - Avatiu East to Takuvaine, on to Atupa - Collect from Ara Tapu and Ara Metua between CITC Supermarket in Avatiu and Avarua roundabout and Takuvaine Valley. Cross roads: Taputapuatea Rd, Tauae Rd, Tutakimoa Rd, Moss Rd, Vakatini Rd, Raoariki Rd, St Joseph’s Rd, Ruatonga Rd. Public spaces: Nikao Social Centre and Blackrock.
Saturday – Tupapa Maraerenga- Collect from Ara Tapu and Ara Metua between Avarua roundabout to Tuarai Rd and Titama Rd end in Tupapa/Matavera boundary. No collection along Titama Rd and Tuarai road on this day. Cross roads: Karekare Rd, Maotangi Rd, Kiikii Rd, Avarua Bakery Rd, Ngatipa Rd, Victoria Rd, Constitution Ave, Makea Tinirau Rd