As part of the move to Alert Level 3, transfer stations in Masterton, Carterton, and Martinborough, will reopen for all waste and recycling from Tuesday, 28 April, with strict social distancing protocols.
Recycling centres in Featherston and Greytown will also be open for recycling only.
But speaking on behalf of Wairarapa’s three district councils, Masterton District Council Chief Executive Kath Ross said it was essential residents staggered their visits to transfer stations.
“We understand residents will want to clear stored waste, but we don’t want everyone going at once. If traffic builds up and causes a safety issue, there is a real risk transfer stations will have to be closed,” she said.
“We won’t be giving any residents priority, but rural residents may have more waste stored, given they do not receive kerbside collections. Urban residents, who have had regular collections, could delay their visits.
“We’re also suggesting that residents living in even-numbered houses should make the trip to a transfer station on even days, and those with odd numbers on odd days.
“And as part of Alert Level 3 measures, a visit to a transfer station should only be made when out on essential travel.”
She said residents should expect to queue at transfer stations.
“But if people encounter a large queue when they arrive, they should consider dropping off their waste at another time.
“People in queues must not leave their vehicles. Please be patient – and be kind.”
For the safety of the transfer station staff, contactless payment is being implemented. Paywave will be the only acceptable way of paying, once this is in place.
Cash payments will not be accepted.
Residents should check their council websites for transfer station opening hours.