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Working to maintain kerbside collection

17 May 2017

Working to maintain kerbside collection

Council and Waste Management advise they are working to maintain roadside rubbish and recycling collection services to the quality and standard expected by the Gisborne community.

Waste Management are trialling changes to their collection routes, with the intention of avoiding collections near schools from 8am - 9am and 2.30pm - 3.30pm.

“For residents this means collection times will vary from what they’re used to,” says council solid waste engineer Dwayne Pomana.   

 “There have been minor delays over the past week where collections have not been completed in some areas, but we don’t expect that to continue.”

“We advise people to make sure their rubbish and recycling is always out on the kerbside before 7am so they aren’t missed.”

Waste Management NZ General Manager – Lower North Island David Howie said the company has used their national footprint to access additional resources to minimise the impact on services.

“We have been working closely with Council to manage the continuation of service. This has included using some of our commercial collection trucks and a utility and trailer to complete recycling collections on their scheduled day, although this was later than usual on some days.”

A new kerbside recycling truck arrived in Gisborne last Tuesday. It was in service on Wednesday, and will continue to operate in Gisborne for as long as is required.

Mr Howie says routing for waste services takes into account a range of road safety matters, limits on driver hours, operational requirements and local community considerations.

“We remain very aware of the impact of this tragic incident on the community and have been able to make some interim changes to our routes with this factor in mind.”

“We appreciate the community’s understanding and assistance as we work to maintain service levels.”

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