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Contractors working hard to catch up on kerbside recycling collection


Unprecedented levels of recycling generated over the holidays has led to delays in kerbside collection across Hastings and Napier, with the Napier City and Hastings District councils’ contractors continuing to work hard to clear the backlog this week.

Hawke’s Bay’s economy is booming, and one of the consequences this holiday season is increased consumption – both in terms of purchasing items, as well as consumables.

This has resulted in a 15 per cent increase on the volume of recycling compared to the same time last year.

Although they have been working extended hours, the councils’ contractors are still two days behind in the kerbside collection across both cities.

The hot temperatures have made it even more challenging, with workers trying to operate more in the earlier and later hours to avoid being exposed to the heat in the middle of the day.

Contractors worked throughout the past weekend to try and catch up and will be out on the streets every day this week.

The councils understand this is frustrating for residents and ask them to continue to leave their recycling at kerbside for collection.

To help out the contractors, residents are asked to ensure their recycling is made secure, to recycle correctly and to flatten cardboard and squash plastic bottles and tin cans for the most efficient use of space.

To recycle correctly, separate materials into the three categories: plastic/cans, paper/cardboard and glass – this will ensure the recycling is collected and will help speed up sorting and collection time.

Along with the extra material at kerbside, the recycling centres are still struggling with capacity, and councils’ waste teams continue to work hard to manage the volume.

These sites are monitored with CCTV cameras to ensure there is no irresponsible dumping to make matters worse.

The councils recognise this is a frustrating situation for residents and thank the community for its co-operation and patience while the situation is addressed.

Our contractors will continue to work very hard to catch up, with the aim to make significant progress by the end of this week into early next week.

30 January 2019

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