Forget wrestling with Council-approved plastic bags full of household rubbish, Napier residents will now join their Hastings counterparts and be issued with a 120 litre wheelie bin, ready for the changeover next Thursday. Deliveries of the bins started this month, but the Council is warning residents to keep using their bags until this date.

From 1 October, only rubbish put out in the Napier City Council’s wheelie bin will be collected – single use plastic bags will no longer be collected.

Council says there are several reasons behind the change including health and safety (staff having to repeatedly lift and throw rubbish bags into a truck); the “unsightly sight and smell of waste” that is often attractive to animals, vermin, and according to the Council, “seagulls”; and of course the bins replace thousands of single-use black rubbish bags destined for landfill.

The service is being rolled out to all urban and rural residential Napier addresses and some commercial premises in the CBD and other rate paying retailers.

The bins will hold the equivalent of two large black plastic bags and will take all rubbish that can’t be recycled or composted with the exception of garden waste, hot ashes, batteries, and medical, hazardous and liquid waste. Collection days will be indicated on the bin’s sticker.

Residents need to note that it is not possible to opt out of this service and if anyone has more rubbish than one bin’s worth, they will need to take it to the Redclyffe Transfer Station or use a private contractor.

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