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17 April 2020

The three Wairarapa Councils are finalising details for the potential reopening of the transfer stations in the event of a transition to Alert Level 3.

The Government will decide on Monday if and when there will be a transition to Level 3. Under Alert Level 3 transfer stations can reopen to the public in a managed way, with a focus on physical distancing.

Should the current lockdown be extended, the three Councils will work in collaboration with the Emergency Operations Centre and Regional Public Health on an option for rural residents to dispose of household rubbish.

Speaking on behalf of the three Councils, Masterton District Council Chief Executive Kath Ross said she appreciated some people were concerned with the need to keep rubbish on their properties.

“The ultimate priority under Alert Level 4 was to keep people at home – that has not changed. The decision to keep the transfer stations closed to the public was to reduce personal contact and stop people from undertaking unnecessary travel.

“People’s concerns could be alleviated as soon as Monday if the Government decides we are ready to transition to Level 3 – in which case the transfer stations can reopen with the transition.

“We appreciate that as the lockdown has continued the desire for an option where rural residents can get rid of household rubbish has grown. If the lockdown is extended we will work on a compromise that would enable this option. It’s likely this would be restricted to rural residents and household rubbish only.”