As well as recycling wheelie bin confusion, Carterton residents clearly didn’t comply with glass bottle-only crates. PHOTO/MARCUS ANSELM

Service started elsewhere yesterday

GIANINA SCHWANECKE
gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz

Day one of Wairarapa’s new recycling wheelie bin regime got off to a bumpy start when it was discovered the wrong bins were delivered to properties in Carterton.

Residents across the district received a bin labelled with a number 1, when bins labelled number 2 were meant to be delivered to the west side of the town.

The mistake was only picked up yesterday morning during collection – as it was the week for number 2 bins to be put out.

A spokesperson for Carterton District Council said it was disappointed with the error made by the contractor.

They assured that all recycling wheelie bins with non-glass recyclables and all crates containing only glass were collected in Carterton on Tuesday.

Affected households in the number 2 collection zone would be notified in writing by Earthcare Environmental and have their bins restickered.

Next week on September 16, all recycling wheelie bins with non-glass recyclables and all crates containing only glass will be collected again.

From September 23, households with a bin with a number two label will need to put this out, while their glass recycling crates will need to be put out on September 30.

Those with a bin with a number 1 will need to put glass crates out on September 23 and recycling wheelie bins out on September 30.

“We encourage Carterton residents who are unsure of which week of the cycle they are on to put both their recycling wheelie bin and glass crates out, as only the relevant one for your collection zone will be collected,” operations manager Garry Baker said.

The issue is believed to be limited to Carterton, though Masterton residents should check the number on their bins

If it’s labelled number 1 they will need to put out their crates containing glass this week, or if labelled number two their non-glass recyclables.

All South Wairarapa customers are on the same collection cycle and need to put out their crates this week, and wheelie bins next week, on their usual collection day.

The first bins in Greytown and parts of Masterton were picked up yesterday.