Staff of recycling company Transpacific were shaping as almost anonymous heroes of the holiday season yesterday as they battled seemingly against the odds to to keep the lid on mountains of unwanted plastic, cardboard and paper in Napier.
Having cleared a vast load of items which had overfilled the drop-off crates at the former All Brite Industries site in Austin St, Onekawa, in the evening of New Year's Day, staff working in some of the country's hottest temperatures had to chase hundreds of items whipped down the street by strong winds.
Plastic bottles, cans and other items were blown through the open gateway and on to the street, with one worker seen retrieving items and saying it seemed a "losing battle" in the conditions.
At least seven trucks were understood to be involved in the company's street collecting yesterday, adding to the mountains of used containers and boxes being dropped off by members of the public. The crates were able to be regularly emptied, but one worker lamented many people tended to bring their recyclables in the late afternoon and evening.
"Come back in the morning," he said. "It'll be the same as last night, you won't even be able to get up the steps."
Temperatures hit 30C and winds gusted over 35km/h late in the day, part-forecast in a MetService severe weather warning mainly for areas further south.
But the forecasters were yesterday saying that the run of blue skies and sunshine in Hawke's Bay was expected to be followed by periods of rain and wind from today through to Monday.
"There will be brief patches of rain [today] but the front that's causing lots of rain in the south is going to pass over the north quite quickly," MetService forecaster Allister Gorman said.
"Before dawn [today] there will be some rain on the western ranges, with a few spots spreading to the towns."
The wind and showers were expected to drop off for the afternoon and return tomorrow.
"Unfortunately, wind will turn easterly for the weekend and there may be some rain or drizzle," he said.