From next Monday (6 August), the way Wellington City Council collects rubbish bags around the city will change.
Contractor Envirowaste Services Limited (ESL), which also collects the city's recycling, has taken over the rubbish collection contract and will be collecting the rubbish using specially-designed trucks similar to its recycling trucks that are operated by one person.
The Council's CitiOperations Manager, Mike Mendonca, says the changes will mean a safer service and less cost.
"Under the old arrangement, one or two 'runners' would run alongside the truck, riding on the back, to load at the rear of the truck, which could be hazardous.
"Under the new arrangement, the truck driver also collects the rubbish bags and we have deliberately slowed the vehicles down to make them safer."
Starting 6 August, people might notice some changes:
Residents should put their bags out as close as possible, but no later than 8.00am on collection day, and not prior to 7.00pm the previous day. While being safer, it is estimated the new service will save the Council $200,000 annually.
Wellingtonians can get more information about the new rubbish collection service by phoning (04) 499 4444.