Rubbish and Recycling Services under Alert Level 2


Understandably we’ve had a lot of people contact us about recycling services in Waitaki over the course of the COVID-19 lockdown and we have some great news! Due to the move into Alert Level 2, most rubbish and recycling services will be up and running. However, because going to Level 2 involves some juggling and rules must still be met, we’re asking you to please be patient with staff, and follow any signage or instructions at the following sites. 

  • The Waitaki Resource Recovery Park (including the Get Sorted shop) will reopen. Due to recycling market challenges, paper can’t be accepted for recycling at this time - but cardboard and all other recyclables are good to go. 
  • Waihemo Wastebusters relies on community volunteers, so will be reopening and phasing in kerbside services over the next week or so. Please keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.  
  • Waste Management’s Oamaru transfer station will continue to operate, with measures in place to meet Level 2 rules. They’ll confirm the details through their website and other channels.
  • Council’s rural recovery parks (transfer stations) and Palmerston Landfill will return to normal hours at Alert Level 2 as follows (note Winter opening days have now commenced):

​    o​ Palmerston Landfill - Tuesdays and Sundays, 11am-2pm

    o Hampden and Omarama - Wednesdays and Sundays, 9am-12pm

    o Kurow and Otematata - Wednesdays and Sundays, 1pm-4pm

Payment at these sites will be by Eftpos only (no cash) and contactless payment is preferred. The rural recovery parks will now also accept recyclables (except paper - cardboard is fine).

  • Recycling bins in Herbert, Enfield and Papakaio will be put back over the coming week, so please allow a few days before you take your recycling to these sites. As mentioned above, paper can’t be recycled at this time, but cardboard is fine. ​
Please be considerate and kind to staff at our sites during this time, they will no doubt be feeling overwhelmed with the volume of rubbish and recycling after so long a break.

A note on the Kate Meads Waste Free Parenting workshop and Food Lovers masterclass scheduled for June. These will now go online and the gift packs will be couriered to the individual attendees.

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Any questons please call our Customer Service Team 03 433 0300

Page reviewed: 13 May 2020 10:02am