Blue bin collection proves a weighty issue

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The Dunedin City Council is warning people to avoid overloading their blue recycling crates, as the amount of glass collected across the city more than doubles.

Council waste and environmental solutions contracts manager Megan Bell said kerbside glass collection resumed on Tuesday, April 28, after being suspended during the Alert Level 4 lockdown.

Data provided by collections contractor Envirowaste for the first four days of collection at Alert Level 3 revealed the tonnage and number of bins emptied was “significantly up”.

Over the four days, 9930 blue crates were emptied resulting in about 119 tonnes of bottles and jars per bin.

In comparison, in the five-day week before the start of the Alert Level 4 lockdown, 7045 blue crates were emptied and 66 tonnes of glass collected.

Only official council blue recycling crates would be emptied.

“Please do not over-fill your crate. If it’s too heavy it will not be collected.”

As it might take several weeks to collect all the stockpiled glass, people could ask their neighbours if they had any spare capacity.

“Once your bin has been emptied, please take it off the street.

“Finally, be kind to the collectors who have continued to deliver essential services over the lockdown.”