Kerbside recycling will stop from midnight on Wednesday but rubbish collection will continue as normal.
News from WCC
Wellington’s Southern Landfill has been closed to the public. This includes the transfer station, recycle centre and the Tip Shop. There will also be no sale or delivery of Capital Compost for now.
Wellington City Council Waste Operations Manager Emily Taylor-Hall says the decision to close the site to the public reflects the Government’s heightened alert levels, and will allow the team to concentrate on essential collection services and keeping the landfill fully operational.
“The landfill will remain open to commercial account vehicles except on Sundays when the gates will be closed,” she says. “And everyone else will still be able to use kerbside rubbish services.”
“But for now, we just ask that householders hang on to anything they might have been planning to drop off at the landfill, and think about home composting their green waste where possible.”
Landfill gates will be closed for commercial operators on Sundays, except sludge trucks will still be allowed access as per the current arrangement for overnight tipping.
Rubbish bags are available from most supermarkets.
Kerbside recycling collections will also cease after close of business on Wednesday. CBD recycling services will cease on Tuesday after close of business.
What to do with your waste
· Kerbside rubbish collection services are continuing as usual. This is deemed an essential service and we will be doing everything we can to ensure that public health is not compromised. Check our website for collection dates https://wellington.govt.nz/services/environment-and-waste/rubbish-and-recycling
· Recycling can be placed in your WCC recycling bag or your private rubbish wheelie bin, or you can stockpile your recycling. We are unable to advise when recycling services will resume.
· Official yellow rubbish bags are available from supermarkets. A number of commercial companies also offer private wheelie bin collection services – you’ll be able to find plenty of options if you google waste collection services. Recycling bags are unavailable until further notice.
· Green waste – now might be the time to consider home composting. Check our web page for useful tips https://wellington.govt.nz/services/environment-and-waste/rubbish-and-recycling/recycling/composting
· We’re not selling any Capital Compost products at the moment. This will be great news for you once we re-open, as the longer compost has time to mature, the better the product will be at the other end.
· Please be responsible with your waste. No fly-tipping or illegal dumping please.
· If you have things you were planning to bring to the Tip Shop, please hang on to them for now, or think about whether someone else might find them useful.
Regarding other essential services:
In light of the Government’s raising the Covid-19 response alert, the Wellington City Council is re-directing its focus and workforce onto essential services which the public reply on.
The Council is focused on the public’s long term welfare and the city’s key infrastructure, including water, sewage, electricity, transport and the contractors who deliver Council services.
Some of the key changes the public needs to know are:
· Wellington Zoo and Zealandia are closed to the public.
· Local Host regular patrols are being diverted to provide outreach services within the community, and monitoring Wellington’s CCTV as needed.
· Animal Services will no longer carry out patrols. The will respond to urgent calls, and continue caring for animals in our care.
· Dog registrations are currently on hold. If your dog’s registration is due to expire, we will automatically update the Council records until normal services under the Covid-19 resume.
As of this afternoon we've temporarily closed. We'll continue to take excellent care of our animals, and hope to see you all again once we re-open. Take care everyone. #BeKind  https://t.co/kCla2RyPQ9 
— Wellington Zoo (@WellingtonZoo) March 23, 2020 
Earlier news from WCC
There will be an emergency meeting of the Wellington City Council at 3pm today. This meeting has been brought forward from Wednesday. The meeting will be live-streamed – go to the link here  on the Council’s website.
The meeting will discuss options that will enable elected members to formally meet and make decisions even if most members are unable to be around a meeting table due to Covid-19 physical-distancing and self-isolation riles.
The options include delegating formal Council decisions to the Strategy and Policy Committee – which needs a quorum of only two elected members in the room.
Another approach up for debate is to form an executive committee with powers to make decisions. This committee would comprise Mayor Andy Foster, Deputy Mayor Sarah Free and the Chairs of the Strategy and Policy Committee (Cr Jill Day) and the Regulatory Processes Committee (Cr Malcolm Sparrow).
Just finished our last Council meeting for a while by passing delegations that will allow us to continue making key decisions while at Level 4.
Staff at @WgtnCC  are doing amazing work in difficult circumstances and we are lucky to have them.
Kia kaha Wellington.
— Dr Jenny Condie (@DrJennyCondie) March 23, 2020 
On our way home after the last face to face @WgtnCC  meeting for some time. What we're not going to do: go to the supermarket, we don't need anything for some days. Same with petrol. #ShopNormally 
— Rebecca Matthews (@RebeccaJEmm) March 23, 2020