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Thames Coromandel Update with Deputy Mayor Murray McLean

Thames Coromandel Update with Deputy Mayor Murray McLean

Posted August 18, 2020
Council Matters , Podcasts

Thames Coromandel Deputy Mayor Murray McLean joined Brian Gentil on the Gold FM Breakfast Show this morning.

Murray started off in local body politics in Ngatea in 1986 and told Brian he might be a dinosaur but hopes he still has plenty to contribute.

Now in his fourth term with Thames Coromandel District Council and the Deputy Mayor of the district Murray is very keen to look at what can be done to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“We’ve got to change our buying habits and we’ve already had a meeting at Whitianga with the two big supermarkets to tell them we only want 1’s and 2’s - we don’t want the rest of the packaging to go to landfill so it’s time for them to talk with their suppliers,” he said.

He had a great suggestion for putting big numbers on packaging so that consumers can change their behaviour by having easy to read recycling symbols.

Murray would also like to see more recycling to save costs involved with transporting waste to landfills and reduce the impact on rates in the district.

Having a son in Canada, who are way ahead of New Zealand in their recycling and waste management, has helped Murray to encourage proactive ways of reducing and reusing.

Murray encourages everyone to visit www.tcdc.govt.nz and find out more about how they can get involved, especially with the Long Term Plan coming up, with opportunities for people to make a submission and share ideas.

Click on our podcast link to hear the full interview with Thames Coromandel Deputy Mayor Murray McLean.