An abundance of bottles and a mountain of paper and cardboard will greet Greensky recycling trucks when they resume their rounds across Hastings district this week.
Glass and paper collections will begin from on normal collection days although that won’t include plastic or cans as they still require manual sorting and as yet there’s no market for plastic.
People are being asked to place these items in the normal orange refuse bag, not to store them unless they have a safe space to do so.
It will have been five weeks since the council canned its recycling pick-ups and closed its refuse stations for the lockdown period. Over that time Hastings residents have piled up the packaging and newspapers and judging by supermarket sales, alcohol consumption went through the roof.
Hastings recycling facilities remain closed to the public, although in preparation for re-opening new
EFTPOS machines are being added to keep to social distancing requirements.
According to the council, bottles and glass will go straight to an Auckland outlet “which will take all the glass we can deliver” while Hawk Packaging is “desperate for any paper and cardboard”.
Plastic cannot be processed currently because of the need for manual sorting. Dealing with plastic continues to presents a dilemma as the export market has faded and warehouses around the country are stacked high with bales that have nowhere to go.
Delivery of the new black recycling crates will resume during Level 3.New recycling company Smart Environmentals has had its contract to take over the recycling round put back from May 1 to June 1.
Napier City has asked ratepayers to hold off if possible on putting out glass on usual rubbish collection days, as it was going to straight to landfill.