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Rubbish and recycling during Alert 4 lock down

Urban residents:

  • The kerbside rubbish collection will continue as normal.
  • Recycling collection will be suspended for the next two weeks while we ensure a safe protocol for pick-up and processing.
  • Don’t forget to pick up your Council rubbish bags when your nominated bubble member heads to the supermarket for essentials.
  • Or, make sure they’re included when you place your online shopping order for delivery.
  • Transfer stations are closed to all except those providing essential services (as listed here: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/essential-businesses/ )
  • If you have rubbish collection through a private provider, check to see if their services are still running.

Essential services:

  • If you’re providing an essential service, you can continue to take rubbish and recycling to Wairarapa transfer stations.
  • Transfer station operators can readily identify those who are likely to be an essential service.
  • You’ll need to show a drivers licence at the transfer station.

Rural residents:

  • If you normally put your rubbish out for Council collection on the roadside, please continue as normal. Recycling collection will be suspended for the next two weeks while we ensure a safe protocol for pick-up and processing.
  • If you have rubbish collection through a private provider, check to see if their services are still running.
  • If you normally take your rubbish and recycling to the transfer station, and you’re NOT registered as an essential service, we are asking you to find a dry place to keep your rubbish and recycling for the time being.
  • We want everyone to stay at home to eliminate COVID-19. While it may be inconvenient, stockpiling rubbish and recycling for now will help save lives by stopping the spread of the virus.
  • Still use the Council rubbish bags as you will be able to drop off when the transfer station reopens fully.
  • We appreciate that having rubbish remain on your property is not ideal, but it’s all part of saving lives in the Wairarapa. Here are some tips to help:
    • Now is the time, more than ever, to try and reduce and reuse wherever possible to minimize your stockpile.
    • Wash all your recycling to stop it getting smelly
    • If you don’t have a compost for food waste, now’s a good time to start one
    • Keep non-compostable food waste in a high location where animals and children can’t get to it (It’s best not bury it, this will attract vermin if it contains bones etc)
    • Another option is to put meat bones into a deep freeze if you have space, or you can put carcasses in a fire (but not other household rubbish like plastic).
    • More tips are available here: https://lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz/reduce-your-waste/non-avoidable-food-waste/