Rubbish and recycling in Alert Level 2

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2020-05-15T17:19:00

15 May 2020

 

Rotorua recycling centre to reopen at reduced capacity on Monday 18 May, while kerbside recycling is still suspended. Yellow-lid bins continue to be collected as they were in Level 3.

With New Zealand now in Alert Level 2, there have been some changes to recycling for Rotorua residents.

 

Rotorua Recycling Centre

The Rotorua Recycling Centre (24 Te Ngae Road) will be open to the public on Monday 18 May from 7.30am and will be accepting most household recycling materials. The Recycling Centre will operate at reduced capacity and will only allow two vehicles onsite at once to allow for physical distancing and contact tracing. This means there will be longer wait times and queues so we ask for your patience at this time.

Customers are asked to pre-sort their recycling (tin/aluminium, paper and cardboard, plastics) , if possible, before going to the Recycling Centre. This will help to reduce wait times at the centre.

A maximum of two people per vehicle will be allowed to unload recycling materials and everyone who is in the car will have to complete the contact tracing register.

Customers and staff must maintain a two-metre distance from each other.

 

Kerbside recycling

Currently, the Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs) that manually sort kerbside recycling are still closed. This means that kerbside recycling in Rotorua cannot resume yet. The yellow lid bins will still be collected but all contents will be sent to the landfill, as they were in Alert Level 3.

It is important to still use your yellow lid for recycling materials only, rather than filling them with general household waste. When the MRFs are open again, we want to make the transition back to kerbside recycling as simple as possible, and ensure there is no contamination from household waste with recyclable materials. This means that recycling bins must have no rubbish in them to be collected.

Glass continues to be collected and recycled as normal, as the sorting process differs to that for other recyclable materials.

 

Kerbside recycling collection

Will the contents of my recycling bin be recycled under Alert Level 2?

No. The yellow lid recycling bin contents will continue to go to landfill while Material Recycling Facilities (MRF) with manual sorting processes are still closed.

Why can the recycling centre accept my recycling but my kerbside recycling is still going to landfill?

At the recycling centre, recyclables are separated into different types by customers as they deposit their items whereas items are mixed when they are put into yellow-lid bins and require staff at MRFs to hand-sort them. Having staff hand-sorting recycling is a health and safety risk at this time. Separated items from the Recycling (e.g., paper) can be sent straight to processing facilities. Also, compared to the kerbside recycling, the volume collected at the recycling center is low and more manageable for the contractor.

If I don’t want my recycling to go to landfill, should I continue to stockpile it?

If you have space to stockpile recycling in a dry location, please continue to do so. This will reduce congestion at the Recycling Centre. If you do not have room to continue to stockpile, you can dispose of your recycling at the Recycling Centre from Monday 18 May.

Why should I continue to only put recyclables in my recycling bin?

As soon as Materials Recycling Facilities are open, kerbside recycling will begin again. Any yellow lid bins with rubbish in them will not be collected.

 

Rotorua Recycling Centre

Will the Rotorua Recycling Centre open during Alert Level 2?

Yes, the Rotorua Recycling Centre (24 Te Ngae Road) will be open to the public on Monday 18 May from 7.30am and will be accepting most household recycling materials.

What are the changes to the Recycling Centre during Alert Level 2?

  • Only two vehicles will be allowed on site at a time.
  • A maximum of two people per vehicle will be allowed to unload recycling materials  
  • Everyone who enters the Recycling Centre must fill out the contact tracing register for (even if they don’t exit the vehicle).
  • All customers and staff must practice two-metre social distancing.
  • The Recycling Centre is currently accepting plastics 1-7, paper and cardboard, tin/aluminium, and glass. They are not accepting appliances or e-waste, as the centres where these items are processed are not currently taking these items. (Appliances and e-waste can be taken to the landfill.)
  • Wait times will be longer due to these changes and we ask for your patience

How can I help to reduce queues and wait times at the Recycling Centre?

  • If it is possible to wait a few days before visiting the Recycling Centre, please do so.
  • If you have room to continue to stockpile recyclables, please do so.
  • Sorting your recycling (plastics, paper and cardboard, tin/aluminium) before your visit to the Recycling Centre will reduce the amount of time you need to spend on site. 

Why can the recycling centre accept my recycling but my kerbside recycling is still going to landfill?

At the recycling centre, recyclables are separated into different types by customers as they deposit their items whereas items are mixed when they are put into yellow-lid bins and require staff at MRFs to hand-sort them. Having staff hand-sorting recycling is a health and safety risk at this time. Separated items from the Recycling (e.g., paper) can be sent straight to processing facilities. Also, compared to the kerbside recycling, the volume collected at the recycling center is low and more manageable for the contractor.

Why aren’t all Material Recycling Facilities open?

The majority of MRFs are not fully automated, and require staff to interact with the recyclables. These MRFs are closed while they make changes to the operation of the facility for the health and safety of staff and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

When will Material Recycling Facilities open?

There is no confirmed date for MRFs, however once they are open again, we will resume kerbside recycling collection.

 

For more information on how Council services are operating under Alert Level 2, visit https://www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/our-city/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=website&utm_medium=spotlight&utm_campaign=coronavirus

 

Page reviewed: 15 May 2020 5:19pm