The Wānaka, Albert Town and Hāwea Flat households can expect to receive their new wheelie bins within the next few weeks to prepare for Queenstown Lakes District’s waste collection service change.
The delivery roll out continues throughout the month; Makarora and Luggate properties have already received their new bins.
As people prepare for the kerbside recycling and rubbish service change, they are required to continue using Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC)-approved blue rubbish bags, as well as their existing bins and crates, until the program kicks off on July 1.
QLDC wrote to retailers earlier in the year to advise them to start managing their blue bag inventory levels with the view to phase them out come July 1, which means many store shelves are empty with no plans to restock the bags.
The Wānaka Sun called Wānaka New World Wānaka, Mitre 10 Wānaka and Four Square Wānaka to learn that they have no bags remaining. "We have heard that some supermarkets are already running out so we would recommend going to the Council office or transfer station to purchase the bags in the lead up to the new service," said a QLDC spokesperson.
Waste Management will be picking up and sorting the recycling for Wānaka starting next month as well as transporting rubbish to Victoria Flats landfill.
In collaboration with Waste Management New Zealand Ltd and Wānaka Wastebusters on the new service, each household will be delivered with two 140-litre bins, for separate glass recycling and rubbish, and one 240-litre bin for mixed recycling. The new bins will be placed just inside property boundaries to keep footpaths clear. Residents are asked to take their bins in as soon as possible after delivery.
"There are a lot of non-resident ratepayers and holiday homes in our district so we’re asking residents to help out absentee neighbours by moving their bins in off the street,” said Peter Hansby, QLDC property and infrastructure manager. “Or if you know you’re going to be out of town when your bin is due to be delivered, ask your neighbour to move your bins for you. When you receive your new bins, check out the information we’ve included about how to use the new service so you can start to prepare for the change. This is a new district-wide approach that allows us all to recycle more than we had done previously.”
QLDC's website details more on the bin delivery service timeframes and how the new service will operate.