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."
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.