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Most householders exchange a
letter they receive from council for
52 official red rubbish bags at the
Service Centre on Belgium Street
or at the Transfer Station. Additional
bags can be obtained from the
Waiheke Island Transfer Station
at $3.50 a bag, or at Woolworths
Supermarket. Some householders
have opted for wheelie bins instead
of rubbish bags. Contact the Service
Centre on 372 5905 for details of
rubbish collection days. Rubbish
should be put out by 7.30am on
collection day. Alternatively, rubbish
in official red rubbish bags can be
dropped at the Transfer Station
(address below) at no charge. On
public holidays, rubbish is usually
picked up one day later -- details are
published in Waiheke Marketplace.
The Waiheke Island Transfer Station
is situated on Tahi Road.
Phone 372 1070. Hours are
Monday -- Sunday, 7am -- 4pm,
closed Christmas Day, New Year's
Day and Good Friday. The station is
owned and managed by Auckland
Council and run by TransPacific
All recyclable items are to be placed
in clear or white plastic bags and put
out with your weekly rubbish.
What can be put out for recycling
... Plastic bottles (from the kitchen,
bathroom and laundry labelled
1-7), plus Tetra Pak containers
(milk and juice cartons)
... Glass bottles and jars
... Cans -- aluminium cans, food
tins, aerosol cans and tin cans
... Paper and cardboard (including
junk mail, magazines, phone
books and stationery)
You can also take your recycling to
the Transfer Station at no charge.
Items not accepted at the station
... Pampas, flax, toetoe and ginger
... Odorous waste, veterinary
waste, hospital and medical
... Liquid waste
... Timber preservatives, asbestos
and chemical manufacturing
... Herbicides and insecticides
... Car bodies
... Commercial hazardous waste
Inorganic collections are held every
two years and are advertised in the
local papers. The last collection was
completed late in 2010.
Outdoor cooking and heating
Outdoor fires for heating and
cooking, such as hangis or brazier
fires, require a permit that is issued
free of charge. Contact Auckland
Council for more information.
In rural areas of Waiheke, you
must have a fire permit to light a
fire on your property and you will
need to extinguish the fire by 4pm.
Contact Auckland Council for more
Fires in public places
It is illegal to have a fire in any
public place in the Hauraki Gulf
Islands, including beaches, parks,
reserves and forests.
Properly installed and maintained,
wastewater systems will protect
the health of your family, your
neighbours and your environment.
Reduce your use
Remember, less water in means
less water out. Efficient water use
helps your wastewater system
perform better by not overloading it.
... Do not wash clothes until
there is a full load, and spread
the loads out over the week.
... Install water conserving devices
such as dual flush toilets, water
efficient shower heads and
taps, and low consumption
(usually front loading) washing
... Take short showers rather than
... Avoid appliances such as
dishwashers and waste
disposal units (garbage
grinders) that are heavy water
... Check for leaks and repair
... Stack the dishes and wash
once a day, or for a few dishes,
do not fill the sink right up.
... When washing fruit or
vegetables, do not use running
water: put the plug in and use
only the water you need.
... Recycle greywater wherever
possible, or by using a purpose
made recycling system.
Septic tanks must be pumped out at
regular intervals to remove solids.
The Waiheke Wastewater Bylaw
requires that tanks be pumped out a
minimum of once every three years.
If the tank is not pumped out often
enough, solids clog the disposal
field, causing it to fail.
Failure causes inadequate
treatment, poor drainage and
odours. Never wash the tank after it
has been cleaned out as this will kill
the bacteria and residue left behind
which are necessary to re-start the
Never put any of the following down
your toilet, kitchen sink, bath shower
... Sanitary pads or tampons,
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