New trucks, same recycling service

25/02/2019 1:00 p.m.

25 February 2019

Waipā’s new recycling contractors will take over the district’s recycling service on 1 March 2019.

Metallic Sweeping Ltd will continue to collect the existing blue recycling crates until July when Waipā’s new wheelie bin service kicks in. Until then the existing service will remain the same, the only change for Waipā residents is the company will collect recycling on public holidays (previously it was collected one day later).

Waipa District Council’s Group Manager – Service Delivery, Barry Bergin said residents could expect the status quo with collection days/weeks, drivers and crates for the next four months while Council and contractors prepare for the new wheelie bin service.   

“The most obvious change for residents will be the appearance of temporary trucks collecting their crates each week. While some of these look different to our current trucks, the recycling will continue to be sorted and glass separated at the kerbside and taken to the recycling depot as per usual.

“They will not be going to landfill,” he said. 

The new contractors will also collect recycling on public holidays, meaning there will no longer be a one-day delay for collections after long weekends. 

“Our truck drivers will be working through the public holidays to make it easier for our residents, but also so they can enjoy two consecutive days off like everyone else. Currently they spend their weekends catching up after a public holiday and we think its safer to give drivers a proper rest, especially given the physical nature of the job.”

The new wheelie bin service is expected to be in place from 1 July 2019, Bergin said. 

“We’re currently working through all the details including bin delivery, routes and collection dates. Residents will have all the information they need in plenty of time for the new service.”

The new recycling contractor and public holiday collection will have no impact on rubbish collection in Waipā district. Rubbish collection continues to be a private service and is not managed by Council. 

Bergin said further updates on Council’s new wheelie bin service were coming soon. 

More information about the new kerbside recycling service is available here: www.waipadc.govt.nz/WheelieBins

​Photo caption: (L-R) Cedric Crow and Sally Fraser from Council’s waste minimisation team with some of the temporary recycling trucks. Cedric Crow and Sally Fraser from Council’s waste minimisation team with some of the temporary recycling trucks

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