Waste Management is the new residential waste and recycling collection service provider in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult is encouraging residents to  embrace the new service, which is smarter, more streamlined and offers a  consistent approach to kerbside collections across the district.

“We make the move away from the single-use plastic blue bags and  bring in a three-bin service that allows for glass to be recycled across  the district. We’ll also see some clever solutions such as electronic  tagging of wheelie bins so we can keep track of what bin belongs where,  cameras to monitor and help reduce contamination and an increased focus  on education to ensure our people are getting the most out of the  service,” he says.

Waste Management South Island General Manager Gareth James says Waste  Management is very pleased to be commencing services for residents and  businesses of the district.

“We are looking forward to getting under way and then working with  our partners Wanaka Wastebusters and the Council to deliver improved  recycling and reuse outcomes over the coming years.”

Mayor Boult acknowledged the hard work of the large number of people involved in transitioning to a new service.

“There has been an incredible amount of work done in the past 12  months leading up to the new service starting. Over 54,000 bins have  been delivered district-wide, new trucks built and delivered, collection  staff recruited and trained, a new brand established, education  material produced, an online collection reminder website set up,  facilities handed over and refurbished and so much more,” Mayor Boult  says.

“It has been a significant undertaking and I’d like to personally  thank everyone involved and am looking forward to seeing the huge  improvement the service will deliver for our residents. It’s just one of  the steps required as we work together towards being a zero waste  district,” he says.