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NPDC to restart kerbside recycling and rubbish collection

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PUBLISHED: 24 APR 2020

NPDC’s bubble of bins is ready to get back to work when its full rubbish and recycling collection restarts on Tuesday 28 April. 

As the country moves into Alert Level 3, weekly red bin-only pick-ups will finish and normal collection can resume, NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope says.

To see which bins you should put out, just check the handy calendar we delivered with your new bins last September, the NPDC Recycling and Rubbish app or visit the bin collection schedule webpage.

“Thank you to everyone who has stockpiled their recyclables during the lockdown. It’s been an unprecedented time and it’s been wonderful to see the community still keeping to their Zero Waste habits where they can,” says NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope.

“If you have more recyclables than will fit into your bins, please hold onto them for your next collection date or until travel restrictions ease under Alert Level 2 and you can then take them to the transfer stations for free. And please note that The Junction will remain closed for now.”

When using your kerbside bins, please don’t overfill them. For the safety of our collectors and to ensure the glass crate is emptied, the glass should be no higher than the top of the crate. No extra boxes or bags will be collected from the kerbside – only council bins.

Safety requirements around COVID-19 means the mixed recycling in the yellow-top bin will have to go to landfill until we reach Alert Level 2.  

"We know this isn’t ideal but these are unprecedented times and sorting recycling is a high-touch job with thousands of tonnes of household recycling to wade through. If you want to, you can keep storing them until they can be recycled at Alert Level 2 but we understand if you don’t have the space," says Ms Hope.

She says it has been great to see people developing their Zero Waste skills during the lockdown, including building their own compost bin or worm farm. “We really encourage people to keep using them. It all helps to reduce the amount of waste we produce as we work toward becoming Zero Waste district!”