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Rubbish and recycling to continue as normal

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Tauranga City Council is reminding residents kerbside rubbish and recycling collection services will continue as normal throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Tauranga mayor Tenby Powell says council staff have been working round the clock to ensure their workforce and resources are “focussed on essential services.”

A council spokesperson says both transfer stations (including the recycle centres), as well as the Jack Shaw cleanfill will be closed to the public from this weekend until the end of lockdown.
“Initially our desire was to keep the transfer station open as part of our essential services, however, in order to reduce all non-essential travel, and ensure the safety of our staff, we have decided to close them.
“If you normally take your recycling to the recycling centres, please dispose of it in your kerbside rubbish collection.”
Council rubbish bags can be purchased from the supermarket as normal.
The spokesperson says kerbside recycling will be placed into landfill during the lockdown due to the hand sorting required for recycling.
Council asks residents to follow the kerbside glass collection guidelines.
Only place your crate out for collection if it is more than half full
Do not over fill your crates
Place your crate on the kerbside at 7:30am on your normal collection day.
“For safety reasons, we will not be hand sorting the glass bottles and jars at the kerbside.
“Crates containing items other than glass bottles and jars will not be collected. The glass will get recycled as mixed colour glass, rather than being separated into different colours during the lockdown period”
Public place bins will also continue to be monitored and emptied.
The spokesperson says changes to kerbside waste collection could occur at a later stage.
“Any necessary changes will be communicated via our website and social media channels.”
More information about council waste collections and other services during the shutdown for COVID-19 can be found here

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