COVID-19 - Rubbish and Recycling FAQs

​​Rubbish & recycling services under Alert Level Three​

Kerbside collection service:
  • Residents will be able to resume putting their recycling in the yellow wheelie bin and their glass in the green crate from Tuesday 28 April.
  • The Council is cautioning however, that until it is confident residents are not contaminating the recycling with rubbish, the yellow wheelie bin contents will continue to go to landfill. The Council will advise when recycling habits have improved and the items can be taken to the recycling sorting centre again.
  • All kerbside collections will operate on their usual schedule, ie. red rubbish bins collected weekly, yellow recycling and green crates collected fortnightly on alternate weeks.
  • Bins will need to be placed at the kerbside by 7.30am on their collection day, one metre apart and not behind any obstructions such as parked cars or trailers.
Ashburton Resource Recovery Park:
  • The Ashburton Resource Recovery Park will open 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. The park will be closed each day from 12.30pm-1pm for staff to manage a safe lunch break.
  • The park will be open to all residents, both those who receive kerbside collections and those who don't.
  • Gate One will be closed
  • Gate Two will open during Level Three and operate during normal opening hours.
  • All visitors will need to register onsite for contact tracing purposes.
  • Access to all areas will be controlled through the weighbridge.
  • Only three vehicles at a time will be allowed past the weighbridge at any one time.
  • A temporary drop-off zone for recyclables (glass and cardboard only) and ADC prepaid bags will be set up just past the weighbridge.
  • No re-usable household items such as furniture, white ware, electrical goods, batteries, electronics or other appliances can be accepted at the park during the Alert Level Three.
  • Hazardous waste such as household and garden chemicals will not be accepted for drop-off.
  • Green waste will be accepted at the park, and only one vehicle will be accepted at a time over the weighbridge into the green waste area.
  • No cash transactions will be accepted during the Alert Level Three. Residents will need to use their eftpos card.
  • The Reuse Shop will be closed.
Rakaia Resource Recovery Park:
  • The Rakaia Resource Recovery Park will reopen under Alert Level Three on its usual days: Monday 10am-12pm, Wednesday 3.30pm-5.30pm, Friday 2pm-4pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.
  • All visitors will need to register onsite for contact tracing purposes
  • The recycling lane and green waste yard will operate as normal. Physical distancing will be managed at the weighbridge into the green waste yard.
  • Bagged rubbish can be taken across the weighbridge to be dropped off.
  • No re-usable household items such as furniture, white ware, electrical goods, batteries, electronics or other appliances can be accepted at the park during the Alert Level Three. Hazardous waste such as household and garden chemicals will not be accepted for drop-off.
  • No cash transactions will be accepted during the Alert Level Three. Residents will need to use their eftpos card.
  • The Reuse Shop will be closed.
Methven Green Waste Drop-off Site
  • Methven's green waste yard on Vaughans Road will operate as normal.
Rural Recycling Drop-off Sites
  • These sites will continue to operate as normal.​​

Burning rubbish and recycling 

​Is it safe to burn rubbish or recycling?
The New Zealand Fire Service has requested that households and rural businesses do not burn rubbish or recycling, as it is important to minimise the need for volunteer fire fighters being called out during this Covid-19 lockdown period. See here​ for more information. 

It is not safe to burn plastic rubbish or recycling due to the toxic fumes generated, which can be dangerous to those
with asthma or other respiratory illnesses. 

Is it safe to bury rubbish or recycling?
Food scraps and garden trimmings can be safely buried or composted. Other types of rubbish and recycling should not be buried. Burying waste produces leachate, which is when water and other liquids pick up heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides or undesirable nutrients. This leachate can potentially affect local water supplies, aquatic life and/or farm stock.

We don’t have internet. How can I find out more about what to do in our area?
Phone your local council, or ask a family member to check your council internet website or social media page. Also, most regional newspapers are providing essential service information during the Level 4 period.

Dumping/fly-tipping

What do we do if we see someone dumping rubbish? 
Please report it to your local council.

Why is dumping/fly-tipping so bad?
Illegal dumping can pose health and safety risks to people. For example, metal and glass can cause accidents and green waste can create a fire risk. Also, illegal dumping can have negative impacts on the environment. For example, plastic rubbish can harm wildlife, especially in marine areas and harmful substances can leach into waterways. 

Will there be an increase in dumping during the Covid-19 lockdown?

There is unlikely to be an increase in dumping during lockdown as people are being encouraged to stay home to save lives, and to stay in their local area.

 
Cleaning up the house or section

During the lockdown I’d like to clean out the garage, get rid of lots of junk. Where can I dispose of this?
  • During the lockdown there are no facilities open for this type of rubbish.
  • If you have a garage, allocate a space for items you want to get rid of.
  • Create separate piles for items that are recyclable, items that can be donated and items that need to go to landfill so that when the lockdown ends you will be able to easily dispose of them.
Page reviewed: 24 Apr 2020 11:33am