Tauranga resumes kerbside glass collection

The service will start-up again on Monday, April 11. Supplied photo.

UPDATE: For now, food scraps can only be disposed of in the red lid rubbish bin, not in the garden waste bins as previously stated.

"Disposing of food scraps in garden waste bins can create a contamination issue, which would see all garden waste diverted to general waste," says a council spokesperson.

"For this reason we ask that all food scraps are stored, frozen or placed in a red lid rubbish bin."

EARLIER:

Tauranga City Council will resume its kerbside glass collection service from Monday, April 11.

Council’s sustainability and waste manager, Sam Fellows says the return of glass collections are a welcome sight to see.

“We’re delighted to resume the glass collection service and see our region’s kerbside collection drivers get back behind the wheel after self-isolating as household contacts or positive Covid-19 cases.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience during this trying time as we’ve adjusted our service to ensure the wellbeing of our contractors and the health and safety of our community.

“Our community does a fantastic job of recycling and I know they will be pleased to see the sight of an empty glass crate again soon.”

If your blue glass crate is currently overflowing, council asks that you remove the excess glass until it is level with the lip of the crate before you put it out on the kerbside.

Extra glass put out in cardboard boxes or containers alongside your blue glass crate will not be collected.

“There is a health and safety risk posed to the drivers by collecting glass in anything other than the blue kerbside crates. Excessive loads increase the risk of strains from lifting high volumes of glass all day, and there is the risk of cardboard boxes breaking when the drivers attempt to lift them.

“We also don’t have the capacity in our recycling trucks to take more than one full glass crate per household.”

Extra glass can be stored and then drip fed into the glass collections, taken to the transfer station, or as a last resort put in the red lid rubbish bin.

Residents are asked to put out their blue glass crates on their usual collection day.

As council still have fewer drivers than usual, with some still isolating or recovering from Covid-19, food scrap bins are unable to be collected.

For now, food scraps can only be disposed of in the red lid rubbish bin, not in the garden waste bins as previously stated in a council release. 

"Disposing of food scraps in garden waste bins can create a contamination issue, which would see all garden waste diverted to general waste. For this reason we ask that all food scraps are stored, frozen or placed in a red lid rubbish bin," says a spokesperson.

To check your kerbside collection dates, download the Tauranga kerbside collections app.




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6 Comments

Total nonsense.

Posted on 12-04-2022 13:18 | By morepork

The re-instatement of glass collection was much touted by Council for Monday April, 11th. My neighbour and I duly put out our glass bins with the red bins. Red was collected, blue was not. Phoned Council. "It’s the first day, there’s a lot of glass. Wait ’til 7:00pm and call us if its still not taken." I forgot, so it sat out overnight. Called again in the morning and was given a "job number" and told to just leave the blue bins there for a few days until collected. Still there. I’m trying to consider it as an ornament to the property...

And transfer station

Posted on 10-04-2022 15:56 | By Kancho

Did the right thing and drove all the way from Pyes Pa to the transfer station took ages and a total disappointment. South Tauranga loss of Maleme street a reduction in service so it’s no wonder people dump on roadsides as the trip across the city is costly in time and fuel. So dump everything into the red bin the only option. Thought there would be some sort of recycling of appliance land electronics at the be transfer station but no.. Could find any information so an hour and a half wasted. Seems recycling a TV costs $38 . So took two TVs back home to put in the bin. Noticed a pretty poor layout and very little guidance. Seen a lot better in smaller towns and cities. We are higher rates less service

Don't hold your breath, Kancho...

Posted on 10-04-2022 13:33 | By morepork

It is a certainty that they will increase rates and not give a damn whether the Rubbish debacle is resolved or not. What gets me is that NOBODY is responsible or answerable for a stupid scheme, implemented to raise 10B’s profile..., that replaced Kiwi companies who were perfectly satisfactory, with a single overseas contractor that simply flooded us with an army of ecologically unsound plastic bins. I doubt that anyone even KNOWS (never mind cares) what this fiasco has cost us...

Overflow

Posted on 07-04-2022 17:16 | By Johnney

Why is the council so anal about a bin slightly overloaded. Doesn’t even weigh 20kgs. They say their trucks only have capacity for one full bin per household. So what happens if half the run has only half full bins? Weird comment.

There Was No Choice

Posted on 07-04-2022 15:44 | By Yadick

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience during this trying time. We had no other option as such. TCC should have hired more staff or shuffled staff just like other businesses are expected to do to maintain their service. Appalling that you steal our money and not give the promised service. Seen it many times on Fair Go . . .

I wish

Posted on 07-04-2022 15:18 | By Kancho

Our previous contractors would resume and choice be restored but council has dictated and will no doubt increase the cost next year , A rate rise followed by services like rubbish and water , well we shall see

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