Visitors asked to take their rubbish home with them
19 December 2013
Great Barrier visitors asked to take their rubbish home with them
Boaties and visitors travelling to Great Barrier Island over the summer holidays are being asked to be considerate and take their rubbish home with them where possible.
For those that can’t, a barge will be stationed in Port Fitzroy Harbour from 20 December to 5 February to collect these items.
The island’s main transport hubs will have bins in place for people to drop off their recyclables, including plastics, aluminium, glass and paper and cardboard, as well as bins for rubbish.
Solid Waste Manager Ian Stupple says: “Recyclable waste has to be transported from the island for processing at a cost to Auckland ratepayers.
“At the same time non-recyclables that stay on the island go to the local landfill. Visitors can help if they separate their recycling correctly and take their rubbish away where possible.
“The next best option is for boaties to place their mixed recycling and small amounts of rubbish into the bins provided on the Port Fitzroy barge.”
Up to 700 boats travel to the island in the two weeks following Christmas, with more holidaymakers travelling by boat, ferry and plane throughout summer – creating greater demand on local services and resources.
Rubbish and recycling levels can test the limits of bin collections at peak times, so travellers are asked to respect the limitations of the remote location.