The local council in the Queenstown region has recently put in place a number of solutions to ensure a smarter and more environmentally friendly waste service for the district.
The latest development is a New Zealand first - electric bike rubbish collections - which will operate in the town centre during the summer months. According to Jim Boult, Major of Queenstown Lakes, this new initiative will remove the need for large trucks circulating the town centre to empty the bins which will lower carbon emissions, reduce congestion in the town centre and will be cheaper to operate.
The e-bike drivers will also be providing community education on how to dispose of waste in the public litter bins appropriately.
The rubbish and recycling collection fleet already includes one electric truck and two three-way split-body trucks allowing for one vehicle to complete a full collection of both rubbish and recycling while keeping the materials separate.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is working towards making Queenstown a zero carbon community as part of their Vision Beyond 2050, and the e-bike rubbish collections are just another step in that process. QLDC is also replacing most of its existing vehicle fleet with 100% electric vehicles. Once current leases expire, all vehicles aside from trucks and utes will be swapped out for EVs, resulting in 30 EVs in QLDC’s fleet between now and mid-2022.
If you would like to find out how you can best recycle and dispose of rubbish during your stay, see here.