In early 2017 WasteMINZ formed a working group to guide the development of the Good practice guidelines for the collection of waste on cycle lanes.
The working group included representatives from waste management companies, Auckland Council and the Cycling Action Network.
There are an ever-growing number of people on bikes in New Zealand and the amount of cycling infrastructure is increasing. People on bikes and cycling infrastructure can present a number of hazards to waste collection vehicle operators when they are carrying out kerbside collection activities, and in turn, these operators can present hazards to people on bikes.
The Good practice guidelines for the collection of waste on cycle lanes were created to provide guidance on managing these hazards and are targeted at waste collection companies, Road Controlling Authorities, territorial authorities (who operate or contract out their waste collection services), the New Zealand Transport Agency, cycling advocacy groups, roading engineers, WorkSafe New Zealand and the New Zealand Police’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Team.
The Guidelines were finalised, following an extensive consultation process, and published in August 2018.