Summer Kerbside collections start this week 21 December 2015 Extra Coromandel rubbish and recycling collections start from Boxing Day. Additional rubbish and recycling collections starts from this Saturday, changing from fortnightly recycling collections to weekly collections as well as extra weekly collection days. Summer vacation hotspots will have additional collection days each week for the summer peak collection period. You will need to scroll down the page to see the changes to your specific area. The summer Kerbside peak period runs from Boxing Day all the way until 13 February (the week after Waitangi Day). There are no collections on Christmas Day Friday 25 December. Collections will be a day later for the week after Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day. Note: There are no additional collections for the townships from Manaia to Thames and from Thames to Hikutaia. Weekly blue bag and fortnightly black bin and green crate collections will continue with the normal routine. If you plan to leave before your collection day, don't put your rubbish on the street because animals and birds get into the bags and your rubbish and personal information will be strewn around the streets. Drop your official blue bags and recycling at any of our Refuse Transfer Stations at no extra charge. Tear-off pads with local Kerbside collection information are available at local outlets around the Coromandel. Signs and posters are also prominently displayed at all peak vacation areas with additional collections. To make things even easier, we're posting Kerbside collection information EVERY DAY on our Facebook page and will continue to do that each day until the middle of February. You do not have to be signed up to Facebook to see the daily schedule at www.facebook.com/ThamesCoromandelDistrictCouncil. You can also download a free eBook from www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside with the full list of areas. Or scroll down this page and check out your area now. Refuse Transfer Station hours and abuse of afterhours drop-off bins Our refuse transfer stations (RTS) are now on summer hours and we also have a number of 24-hour recycling drop-off centres. Go to our Refuse Transfer Station page www.tcdc.govt.nz/rts for more information. However, this holiday season, we are increasingly worried about the types of refuse dumped at our afterhours drop-off bins which are mainly for recycling and rubbish bags. Each year between Christmas and New Year, the afterhours drop-off points are abused with all types of rubbish being dumped. This creates hazards for other people trying to use the bins for their intended purpose. The dumped waste also creates a hazard for those who have to clear up the mess as they cannot be sure what they are dealing with. Recently at some of our afterhours sites we had received large quantities of non-conforming rubbish. Rubbish that is not appropriate for the afterhours bins: Unlabelled containers or drums with unidentified liquids. Boxes of rubbish often containing broken glass. Unbagged offal. Broken concrete or dirt. Window glass, broken or intact. Commercial waste - electrical wiring, broken PVC pipes, wood and greenwaste. Carparts. Broken furniture. Dead animals. These items are not acceptable to be dumped at any afterhours drop-off points and instead, should be taken to the nearest refuse transfer station when it is open. We are asking the public for help to keep the drop-off areas free of hazardous rubbish so that other users can dispose of their recycling and rubbish bags safely and correctly. Please report individuals who illegally dump materials that are not recycling or in official blue rubbish bags by phoning us on 07 868 0200. If your rubbish is not suitable for the drop-off points, please use the Refuse Transfer Station facilities on the days that the site is open.