Waste management during Alert Level 4
Here's a bit more detail about waste services in Kāpiti during the Alert Level 4 lockdown.
Rubbish collections are considered an essential service, and Kāpiti collectors will continue to pick up your rubbish as normal.
Your rubbish must all fit in your wheelie bin; extra boxes or bags can not be collected by the collection trucks.
Recycling will not be collected from Wednesday 25 March. The recycling facility in Wellington that processes Kāpiti’s recycling closed at 12 midday on Tuesday 24 March.
Please don’t put out your recycling wheelie bin or crate, as they won’t be emptied or collected.
- reducing the amount of packaging you buy wherever possible
- reusing containers for other purposes around your home or property
- cleaning your recycling and stockpiling it in boxes/bags until recycling collections resume, so it will be recycled, not sent to landfill.
The Rubbish Trip has other tips on how to reduce your recycling stockpile during the lockdown.
If you must dispose of recycling in your rubbish, remember to squash it, and put out only a bit at a time. You need to make sure you don’t overfill your bin, as this will:
- overwhelm collectors
- impact on collection times.
There will be no greenwaste collections at the kerbside, as these collections are not considered essential services.
Kapiti’s greenwaste drop-off facilities will be closed, as outlined below under Transfer stations.
If you are gardening, consider home composting your greenwaste. Some great resources are available to help you get started:
Otherwise, you can stockpile your greenwaste until collections restart and drop-off facilities reopen.
If you are doing home DIY or clean outs, you will need to stockpile your waste at your property until the Transfer stations re-open to the public.
Please be considerate and don’t make your waste someone else’s problem by illegally dumping it elsewhere in the district.
We are closing the following facilities from 5pm Wednesday 25 March to protect public and staff:
- Ōtaki Transfer station
- Otaihanga Transfer Station
- Waikanae Recycling Station
- Composting New Zealand green waste operation at Otaihanga Road.
This means no public waste or recycling drop off is available.
Commercial collection trucks and services will be able to access these facilities, so that rubbish collections can continue as per normal. Staff at the transfer stations will be monitoring the gates so that only commercial collectors will enter the facilities.
We’re aware that some households in Kāpiti don’t pay for kerbside collection, and normally bring their waste directly to the transfer stations. For these households, please stockpile your bags and clean recycling at your property for the next four weeks.
Consider talking to your neighbours who use collection services, and ask if they have some bin space they’d be prepared to share with you.
Be considerate – offer help to neighbours that need it by sharing your bin space if you have it.
Do not illegally dump your waste at Op Shops or elsewhere in Kāpiti. Your behaviour affects workers also affected by the lockdown, and who are trying to provide essential services as best they can with fewer staff.
Council is working with collectors on possible options if the lockdown period is extended beyond four weeks. We’ll update you if this happens.