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Council providing extra refuse and waste services over Christmas

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A hot and festive summer period means locals will want to know where and when to get rid of the waste galore that will eventually start piling up, especially over the Christmas holidays.

Council has confirmed its operation times and dates for refuse and recycling over summer, with four operational changes to refuse collection between Wednesday December 27, 2017, and Thursday January 4, 2018.

Māhia refuse collection days during the Christmas-New Year period will change to December 27 and January 3 due to public holidays.

Wairoa refuse collection days have also changed to December 28 and January 4 because of public holidays.

Council will also provide additional services for Māhia residents, including refuse collections on December 22, December 29 and January 12.

Around Christmas, Wairoa Landfill will open for an additional two hours on the following dates: December 23, 24, 30, 31 and on January 6 and 7. The opening hours on those dates will be 9am to 5pm.

Recycling services will also be available. Please refer to the calendar poster attached.


Mayor Craig Little would like to encourage people to take advantage of these additional services, and not to fly-dump rubbish around the district.

“We're asking our community to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious rubbish-dumping behaviour through to council or the police,” he said.

"It costs council in excess of $20,000 a year to clean up illegally dumped rubbish.

“Fly tipping or fly dumping is the illegal and deliberate dumping of rubbish on public property. It’s an offence that can carry fines of up to $1500.

"If you do see people fly tipping, please make a note of the vehicle type, colour and registration and a description of the person fly tipping. Report the incident to us even if you were not able to take these details.

“Using your smart phones to take photos of this type of behaviour will help us when we seek to prosecute people breaking the law by fly tipping.”

“Fly dumping is a very expensive method of dumping rubbish and we actually operate one of the cheapest landfills in the country, with it costing $3.70 to deposit 20kg of rubbish.

“Some of the illegally dumped rubbish is also recyclable material like plastic and glass bottles. We operate a free recycling drop-off, so there should be no need to see this stuff around the district.” 

31 October 2018

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