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Recycling catches up in Western Bay

Stockpiled plastics can be taken to Western Bay recycling centres under Alert Level 2. File photo.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council‘s recycling centres and greenwaste drop-off sites have extended their operating hours to receive stockpiled plastics and greenwaste until the end of May.

Recycling and greenwaste facilities in the district are operating under Alert Level 2 conditions with extended hours and additional open days from this Sunday, May 24, until Sunday, May 31.

During this time centres will operate from 9 am to 4 pm, closing for lunch between 12noon and 1pm, says a council spokesperson.

Open days for the respective recycling centres will be as follows:

Katikati will be open on Thursday, May 28, Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31.

Athenree on Sunday, May 24, Tuesday, May 26, Thursday, May 28, Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31.

Te Puke will be open Tuesday, May 26, Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28. 

Omokoroa will be open on Wednesday, May 27, and Saturday, May 30.

Normal hours and operations for all recycling centres will resume from Monday, June 1.

Under Alert Level Two conditions until June 1, customers will be required to maintain a one-metre physical distance for safety reasons. Staff will not be assisting customers with their recycling.

Council’s Utilities Manager Kelvin Hill says the public has been great in accepting the COVID-19 operating hours and the restrictions on accepted recyclable goods under Alert Levels 3 and 2.

The rules for Alert Level 2 are as follows:

  •   •  No pets allowed in vehicles on site

  •   •  Limited number of vehicles in the site to maintain the physical distancing required.

  •   •  No trailers (apart from when centres open for greenwaste only)

  •   •  Only Eftpos transactions accepted for greenwaste. No cash accepted.

  •   •  Only the following recycling items will be accepted:

  1.   •  Glass bottles and jars separated into colours

  2.   •  Aluminium cans

  3.   •  Tin cans

  4.   •  Flattened corrugated cardboard

  5.   •  Paper, including light card and egg cartons

  6.   •  Clear plastic milk and cream bottles

  7.   •  Anchor light proof milk bottles

  8.   •  Clear plastic drink bottles

Greenwaste will not be accepted if it includes flax, pampas, bamboo, gorse or palms. (These are treated as normal refuse and not accepted at the recycling centres).

Greenwaste stem diameter must be no thicker than 100mm and the length no longer than three metres.

The following items will no longer be accepted:

Meat trays, plastic punnets, janitorial plastics (even if it is a Number 1 or 2 plastic)

No coloured plastic bottles (e.g. Ginger beer, Sprite etc.)

Janitorial and coloured plastics will no longer be accepted at any recycling centres nationwide due to there being no market for these plastics in the foreseeable future.

Kelvin says Council is not prepared to collect these plastics and then have to take them to the landfill, as this would end up being a cost on ratepayers.

“We will not be accepting any coloured plastic, plastic meat trays, or any type of plastic products like margarine or ice cream containers and we suggest people place these items in their rubbish bins. Please do not be offended if we say no at the gate to receiving these items at our centres.

“We thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during this period.”

Recycling Centre opening hours from Sunday 24 May until Sunday 31 May.

Katikati

Thursday, May 28 – plastics only

Saturday, May 30 – plastics, cardboard, paper, colour sorted glass, tin/aluminium cans

Sunday, May 31 – greenwaste only

Athenree

Sunday, May 24 – greenwaste only

Tuesday, May 26 – plastics only

Thursday, May 28 – plastics, cardboard, paper, colour sorted glass, tin/aluminium cans

Saturday, May 30 – plastics, cardboard, paper, colour sorted glass, tin/aluminium cans

Sunday, May 31 – greenwaste only

Te Puke

Tuesday, May 26 – plastics only

Wednesday, May 27 – greenwaste only

Thursday, May 28 – plastics, cardboard, paper, colour sorted glass, tin/aluminium cans

Omokoroa

Wednesday, May 27 – greenwaste only

Saturday, May 30 – greenwaste only

From Monday, June 1, recycling and greenwaste centres will resume normal hours.

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How about TCC?

Posted on 19-05-2020 12:09 | By

I see these new requirements are relating to the Western Bay facilities. Is there any chance the TCC will be transparent with their availability of services at transfer sites? We asked the Mayor via social media and received a very prompt un-answer that said a lot of words but answered no questions. All of our recycling and glass has been going to landfill during the lockdown and I would like to know when this will cease and items will again be separately dealt with.