Don't recycle when it's windy

Wellingtonians have been told to stop putting out their recycling - until the wind dies down.

Blustery winds of up to 136kmh yesterday saw Wellington City Council's new green wheelie bins toppled around the city, with recycling debris strewn through streets and gardens.

With winds today set to continue at up to 120kmh, the council says residents should either tie down their bins, or hold off till a calmer recycling day.

Spokesman Richard MacLean said the council's general advice was people should avoid putting their bins out in strong winds, and the problem was not a new one.

"With the old green crates people used to find with the wrong wind direction, they'd be gone forever."

The Dominion Post