Gore’s transfer station will close to green waste at 5pm today.
Gore District Council chief executive Stephen Parry said the council was compelled to end the service as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases grew and Alert Level 4 restrictions tightened.
Despite their being no “definitive instructions” about transfer stations when level 4 was announced, the council opted to put in a place a “limited, tightly controlled” service for green waste only, Mr Parry said.
“Now, seven days into the lockdown, we have been directed it’s no longer appropriate.”
The National Crisis Management Centre stated yesterday that although rubbish collection would continue throughout the Covid-19 response period, gardening or renovation waste should remain on site until the Alert Level 4 period has ended.
The council decided to run today’s service given public expectation and the strong likelihood people would turn up at 10.30am looking to dispose their green waste.
This was justified by the long queue at the station this morning, Mr Parry said.
He asked residents not to burn green waste on their property or fly tip.
“Once the lockdown is over and people are able to move about again, we will consider offering free green waste
The council would look to WasteNet to provide some solutions to the green waste issue, he said.