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Aotea / Great Barrier Island summer waste service closing soon

Visitors and boaties to Aotea / Great Barrier Island – plan to leave nothing behind

Published: 21 January 2020

As the peak summer holiday season draws to a close, Auckland Council is reminding visitors and boaties to the island that the summer pop-up waste drop-off service at Port Fitzroy will close after Saturday, 1 February.

Up until then, the pop-up will be staffed from 10am to 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  Customers will be able to buy 40-litre council rubbish bags at the Port Fitzroy drop-off point for $3 each. 

Payment is by EFTPOS-only so boaties need to bring their wallets when coming ashore. 60-litre council rubbish bags may also be available from local island stores (prices vary).

“We made some significant changes to waste services during 2019 in a bid to drastically reduce the amount of waste going to landfill on the island,” says Auckland Council’s General Manager Waste Solutions, Parul Sood.

“With the Claris Landfill nearing capacity, this summer we have asked boaties and visitors to plan carefully and ‘pack in and pack out’. The best thing to do is think about your waste before you arrive by choosing reusable containers, bringing as little disposable packaging and, if possible, taking your waste away when you leave,” says Parul Sood.

Year-round waste services

After 1 February, holidaymakers staying in accommodation where the owner pays a waste charge will still be able to use council roadside collection services for rubbish and recycling.

If available, visitors should use the weekly roadside collection services to recycle and dispose of unwanted household waste that they can’t take away.  Rubbish can be disposed of in a refuse wheelie bin or a 60-litre official Auckland Council rubbish bag.  These need to be placed out on the roadside before 8am on your weekly collection day, which is Monday, along with the recycling crates.

The yellow 60-litre recycling crates, if available at your accommodation, can be used to sort your plastic, glass, aluminium, and tins.  Rinse all containers before placing them in the crates.  Container lids and liquid paperboard cannot be recycled – these items should be put in the refuse bin or rubbish bag.  Paper and cardboard need to be flattened, securely bundled and put next to the recycling crates on collection day.

If a wheelie bin or rubbish bags are not available at your accommodation, visitors can buy council 60-litre rubbish bags from the service centre at Claris from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm at a cost of $3.90 each. 

Council rubbish bags may also be available for purchase from your nearest local store.  Items placed out for collection in unauthorised containers or rubbish bags will be treated as illegally dumped waste.

In addition to roadside collection services, waste, including recyclable household containers or unwanted items, can be dropped off to the Aotea Community Recycling Centre or Claris Landfill. They are open from 9am to 4pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 10am to 3pm every Saturday. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Gate fees may apply at the landfill. Clean and sorted recycling and official Auckland Council rubbish bags are accepted free of charge.

Private waste collection services are also available.  These can be arranged at your cost.

Leave only footprints behind

“After the peak summer season winds up, we ask visitors arriving to bring as little waste as they can, to recycle and compost as much as possible while staying on the island, and take any residual waste back to the mainland,” says Parul Sood.

“Aotea is an island tourist destination, not a waste destination.  People are welcome to come and enjoy the island’s shores and leave only footprints behind.”

Call 0800 NO DUMP to report illegally dumped waste

If you see waste illegally dumped in public places, call Auckland Council’s Illegal Dumping Hotline, 0800 NO DUMP (0800 663 867) which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to report it.  Eyewitness reports or camera footage may provide Auckland Council with enough evidence to issue a Litter Infringement Notice, which carries a fine of up to $400.

Clean Below?  Good to go

With Auckland Anniversary Day and Waitangi Day approaching, Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board also encourages boaties to ensure their boats have clean hulls before visiting the island.  If boat owners clean their hulls while moored around the island, there is the potential to dislodge and spread both contaminants, such as heavy metals, and marine pests.  These pose major risks to Aotea’s pristine marine environment. 

Any questions? Check in with the Aotea / Great Barrier service centre at Claris or call on 09 429 0258 or you can visit makethemostofwaste.co.nz.

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