As the country moves from Level 3 into Level 4 status, there have been many questions raised as to whether recycling is considered to be an essential service. Below is the agreed position and information which MfE has supplied to the Department of Internal Affairs, for DIA’s dissemination.
Today, 25 March 2020, it has been confirmed that recycling is an essential service. For now this is being interpreted as those activities that can continue as per the list below:
“Where practicable” will include a range of factors such an assessment by the service provider or facility operator as to whether the practice can be safely carried out.
Collection of commercial recycling is only deemed essential when supporting the activities of other essential services.
MfE is working on standard communications that build on the above clarifications, such as what actions households with suspected or confirmed cases of the virus should take with respect to waste and recycling. These are currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Health and we will get them to you as soon as possible.
Other key messages:
Waste handling and kerbside collection workers:
They are providing an essential service and will continue working.
Official communications will follow and we will share any further detail that is forthcoming over the next few days as soon as we have it.
Take care of yourselves and each other.