In this section Refuse Transfer Stations Blue Bags and Sea Gulls After-hours Refuse and Recycling Drop-Off Facilities Love Food Hate Waste 17 Septmeber: A reminder that kerbside collections for Kuaotunu are as scheduled today - blue bags only. Unfortunately due to the weather and road closures last week, we are unable to undertake an extra kerbside recycling collection for Kuaotunu this week. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and ask residents to please wait until the next scheduled collection date (next week) for recycling, or alternatively take it to our Matarangi refuse station (107 Matarangi Drive) which is a 24/7 drop-off facility for pre-paid Council rubbish bags and recyclables. Or Whitianga (237 South Highway, Whitianga). www.tcdc.govt.nz/rts We thank you for your cooperation and understanding over the past week with the challenges we have faced following the weather. Our 2019 Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection schedule runs until Christmas 2019. Check below for the schedule for your area or download it from the right side of this page. Please have your rubbish in official blue Council bags and recycling out on the kerbside by 7:30am for collection. Only rubbish bags, crates and wheelie bins left on the ground next to the kerb on the morning of the collection day will be picked up. Bags hung from trees or poles, or left in a cage, will not be collected. It's been common practice in some of our communities to hang rubbish bags from trees or utility poles, or to place them in a cage at the property edge, to make it more difficult for pests to rip the bags open and strew the contents around. Our contractor Smart Environmental is committed to removing all bags scheduled for a day's collection, within the specified time. Removal of bags hung on trees or poles, or left in a cage at the edge of the property, adds to this collection time and thus not all bags get collected as planned during a particular day. When transferring a rubbish bag into the collection truck, Smart staff need to lift the bags from the top so they don't get injured by sharp objects inside. Some staff have been injured in this way. These staff pick up many hundreds of bags every day and we all need to collectively help them stay safe while they're doing their job. So, please place your rubbish bags on the kerbside, on the morning of the collection day. The bags must be placed by the side of the kerb outside your property. We know for some of you this will be a big shift in your practices. However, your efforts will be sincerely appreciated by both Smart staff and Council. Bags hung from trees or poles (e.g. utility poles), or left in cages, are no longer being collected. A sticker will be placed on the bag explaining the reason. If pests are a concern in your area, you can purchase a gullinator from any of our Council offices for $15. These are the brainchild of Whangamata resident Anna Fryer. It's made from a sturdy plastic mesh, a hoop and a drawstring and sits over your rubbish bag to protect it from seagulls. Or, you can leave your rubbish bag on top of your glass recycling crate. Don't put your rubbish bag on top of your wheelie bin. The drivers have to get out of their truck to remove the bag before they can empty the bin, delaying collections. Finally, if you're leaving town before your collection day, drop off your rubbish at one of our seven Refuse Transfer Stations. For locations and hours, go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/rts. We also have after-hours drop-off locations and rubbish compactors available. Check www.tcdc.govt.nz/rubbishcompactors for locations. Also note: Only glass left in Council crates will be collected. A crate from any Council will do, it doesn't have to be from TCDC. This is because the runners clip the crates to the side of the truck so they can use both hands to sort the glass. Non-Council crates don't fit the clips. If you need an extra crate or two for glass recycling, you can purchase them from our Service Centres for only $16.00. Make sure your crate is not overflowing, or it will not be collected. This is to avoid bottles and jars slipping out and breaking on the pavement. 2019 Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection schedule by area: Blue Rubbish Bags Blue bags are collected every week, with more collections in most areas over the summer, so put out your blue bag on the kerbside (not hanging from a pole or a tree, or left in a cage) on the day of the week indicated on the schedule for your area, above. To keep gulls or roaming dogs from getting into your blue bag you can buy a TCDC gullinator from our Service Centres for $15. The gullinator is made from sturdy plastic mesh with a hoop and drawstring top. The gullinator fits over the rubbish bags to stop seagulls pecking at the bags on collection day. What gets recycled? Your wheelie-bin and green crate will be collected every fortnight (every 2 weeks) except for summer, when most places have extra collections. Use your green crate for collecting glass, which is glass bottles and jars only - no glass dishes, lightbulbs, window glass, decorative glass objects etc. Only glass left in Council crates will be collected, but you can use a crate from any Council, not just TCDC. Use your black wheelie-bin for collecting paper, hard plastics (numbers 1-7), tins and cardboard. Your wheelie bin's lid shows which items go in your bin. If you need an extra crate or two, you can purchase them from our Service Centres for only $15.00. If you need to tow your wheelie bin to the kerbside by car, you can purchase special wheelie bin tow bar attachments from our Service Centres. The wheelie-bin is allocated to the property and must stay with the property for the new owners or tenants to use. Damaged or stolen wheelie-bins will be replaced at a cost to the customer. TCDC pays for the delivery, making the system a risk share scheme helping to keep the rating costs down. What do I put in my wheelie-bin? Hard plastics (numbers 1-7). Soft plastics such as grocery shopping bags aren't recycled here. Some shops in Auckland and Hamilton and elsewhere have Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling bins where you can leave plastic bags for recycling. Check www.recycling.kiwi.nz for locations. Paper Cardboard Tin cans NO GLASS, REFUSE ETC Our rubbish and recycling collection contractor, Smart Environmental, periodically audits the content of wheelie bins. Wheelie bins containing items which don't fall into the categories listed above (and in the graphic below which is also on the top of every wheelie bin) won't be emptied. Place your wheelie bin at least half-a-metre away from other objects This gives the truck’s mechanical arm the room it needs to pick up the bin. If you have trouble measuring, use the bin-width as a handy spacer. 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