If you've got some coins rattling around in your car's glove box, or bedside table, now's the time to gather them all up and use them to pay for a load at the Refuse Transfer Stations!
Refuse Transfer Stations go cashless from 1 March 2021
Because from Sunday 1 March 2021, the Refuse Transfer Stations in Paeroa and Waihi will accept eftpos, debit and credit card payments only.
Since Covid-19 lockdowns changed the way we do things, we've decided to keep the changes that streamline our services and help keep our customers and staff safe. To comply with social distancing and hygiene etiquette, contactless payment during Covid-19 lockdowns was encouraged and this turned out to be a positive as it helped streamline the customer experience while keeping everyone safe from germs.
Going to electronic payments also means that there is no cash kept on site, which makes it a safer environment for our staff.
But isn't cash legal tender?
In most instances, cash is king, but since Covid-19 turned the world upside down, contactless payments have become more important. The Reserve Bank says that although cash is legal tender, retailers do have the right to request electronic payments only. However, cash must still be accepted for paying debt like rates.
We appreciate that it will be an inconvenience to some using the transfer stations but on the whole, the change should be well received.
So make the most of the good weather (oops, this was written before the downpour, but yay, rain!), do a spring clean, garage de-clutter or garden tidy up and head to the Refuse Station to pay with your small change before the change to cashless.
Signage goes up this week
This sign will be up at both transfer stations to alert customers to the change this week and we'll promote it far and wide on our social media channels. Until the 1 March, even during this alert Level 2, cash will still be accepted.