Double bag trash if you are un­well

Horowhenua Chronicle - - Front Page - By PAUL WIL­LIAMS

Kerb­side rubbish ser­vices will con­tinue as nor­mal in Horowhenua, but re­cy­cling will no longer be col­lected as the pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity coun­cil uses has said they will not ac­cept any re­cy­cling for the next four weeks.

Coun­cil ad­vises you to put any ex­cess re­cy­cling (once your bins are full) in the nor­mal rubbish bin or bag.

There are some new pro­to­cols around how to prop­erly treat your trash, es­pe­cially if any­one is feel­ing un­well.

Vance Baines from Levin Con­tainer Rubbish said their kerb­side col­lec­tion service would con­tinue to run un­changed, with the same col­lec­tion times as nor­mal.

Baines said all staff would be wear­ing gloves and would be ad­her­ing to strict hy­giene mea­sures, which in­cluded keep­ing their dis­tance from cus­tomers.

He said he ap­proached staff ear­lier this week and they all em­braced the idea of con­tin­u­ing to carry on work­ing.

“It’s go­ing to be a chance to get out and get some fresh air,” he said.

Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Tr­ish Hay­ward said all kerb­side rubbish and re­cy­cling col­lec­tion ser­vices will con­tinue dur­ing the lock­down, but all trans­fer sta­tions would close.

“We are ask­ing peo­ple to keep putting their rubbish and re­cy­cling out as nor­mal,” she said.

“Coun­cil trans­fer sta­tions and re­cy­cling sta­tions will be closed to the pub­lic or re­moved.”

“Coun­cil rubbish bags can be pur­chased from the su­per­mar­ket. We will pro­vide up­dates if there are any changes.”

But if any­one was feel­ing un­well, the HDC web­site asked that they should put all the waste they had used, in­clud­ing tis­sues and masks, in a plain plas­tic rubbish bag.

“Tie the bag when it is about three-quar­ters full. Place the plas­tic bag ei­ther into your pre­paid bag or bin. Treat all clean­ing waste in the same way.”

“Af­ter you have placed these ma­te­ri­als in­side your pre-paid bag or bin, you need to wait 72 hours be­fore plac­ing your pre­paid bag or bin on the kerb­side for col­lec­tion.”

“All busi­nesses need to adopt the same pol­icy if they have staff mem­bers feel­ing un­well.”

“Com­mer­cial bins (in­clud­ing re­cy­cling) should be placed out­side for col­lec­tion to avoid un­nec­es­sary so­cial contact.”

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Rubbish will still be col­lected in Horowhenua but not your re­cy­cling.

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