As New Zealand moved to alert level four overnight, Southlanders began to wonder whether recycling and rubbish services would continue. Were they classed as “essential services,” or would people need to stockpile their rubbish until the alert level scaled down?
According to an Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council press release, it would be business as usual – to a degree.
Transfer stations across Invercargill and Southland are now closed to all those except commercial operators who provide waste services to essential businesses. The Gore transfer station would remain open in a limited capacity, and under strict COVID-19 guidelines. Greenwaste disposal is not available.
Invercargill, Southland District, and Gore District residents could put out their wheelie bins for kerbside collection as per usual.
Those who do not have waste collection services available could register their need with their local council for bagged waste disposal options. Any decisions would be made in the best interests of the COVID-19 response.