DCC on new trucks and bins *sigh*

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

New Trucks For A New Service

This item was published on 26 Jan 2011.

Seventeen brand new trucks will form the backbone of Dunedin’s new kerbside recycling and refuse collections from 28 February. The range of trucks has been custom designed to suit Dunedin’s collections and conditions, with sizes ranging from 29 to eight cubic metres, Dunedin City Councillor Andrew Noone, chairman of the Infrastructure Services Committee, says.

Three types of trucks will be used in the collections: one for mixed recycling collected in the new yellow-lidded wheelie bins; one for picking up glass for recycling, and one for official DCC black refuse bags.

Principal contractor EnviroWay Ltd, a division of Envirowaste Services Ltd, owns and will operate the trucks, which are mostly “low entry vehicles”. That means drivers can operate them safely from both sides and while collecting, the sole operator will drive from the left-hand side of the cab, either in a standing or sitting position.

Having only one person per truck eliminates the hazards associated with “runners”, such as people injuring themselves leaving a moving vehicle, or being injured due to lack of communication between driver and runner. Smaller trucks for servicing some of Dunedin’s narrow and steep streets will be of a more traditional design, and two staff may be used.

Councillor Andrew Noone notes that the glass recycling truck is a new concept for a New Zealand metropolitan city, as instead of glass being mixed together during collection, the driver will sort it into pockets on the stationary truck as he empties the blue bins.

“So, instead of only being able to sell the glass as an additive for aggregate or for use as sand, it will be able to be sent to Auckland and made back into glass bottles. Another change to the present system is that the new refuse trucks will multi-task, collecting both the DCC black bags, and private green bins owned by Envirowaste Services. That will mean one less truck on each street per week.”

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

DCC page link

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Dunedin City Council
Media Release

New Kerbside Bin Deliveries Prompt Calls to DCC

This item was published on 25 Jan 2011.

More than 1200 residents have contacted the Dunedin City Council with queries as new yellow-lidded recycling wheelie bins are distributed across the city.

The DCC’s Customer Service Agency has put on three extra staff to deal with the calls, which were expected as more than 40,000 bins are delivered to houses ready for the city’s new recycling service which starts Monday 28 February.

Agency Manager, William Robertson, says most of the calls have been from residents asking about the arrival of their household’s bin, and he expects those calls to continue until deliveries are completed towards the end of February.

“Contractors are delivering more than 1,000 bins a day, and householders are obviously noticing the appearance of the bright yellow-lidded bins in their areas.

“Reasons for the non-appearance of a household’s bin, despite others in their suburb or even street, are varied” William says.

Delivery trucks could only carry a limited number of bins at a time, which meant some streets and suburbs would not be finished on the same day.

Also, about 4,000 people, who had elected to have an 80 litre bin instead of the standard 240 litre one, will have their bins delivered after the rollout of the larger bins is complete.

DCC staff were unable to tell exactly when bins will be delivered to each house, but William says contractors are taking about three to four days in each area.

When the service starts, the wheelie bins will be collected every second week, and can be used to recycle all plastics, tins and cans, and paper and cardboard which no longer will be required to be bagged or bound. On the opposite week the collection will focus on unbroken glass bottles and jars using the existing blue recycling bins.

Official DCC black refuse bags can be put out every week.

A calendar, which will be delivered with each bin, tells residents which week to put out which recycling bin.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

DCC page link

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