Bin your hot ashes right

Friday 4 May, 2018

Winter is fast approaching and with residents beginning to light their fires to keep the chill at bay, the Ashburton District Council is advising people not to put hot ashes in their wheelie bins.

“Hot ashes going straight into a wheelie bin can melt the bin and cause a fire, which could spread,” Ashburton District Council Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin says.

“We’re encouraging people to let ashes cool for at least five days before bagging them and putting them in their red wheelie bin.”

While the Council is not aware of any local cases where bins have melted due to hot ashes, this will be the first time that the new wheelie bin system has been operational during winter.

“The system has been going for seven months now, and residents have really taken it in their stride in terms of understanding how to use the bins and what goes in each one. With the cooler season now almost here, we just want to ensure that residents are aware of hot ashes being a potential hazard, as it may not have been something that they had considered.”

For more information on what items can and can’t go in each wheelie bin and crate, check the ‘Bin it Right’ handbook, which was delivered with the wheelie bins, or view a digital version online​. Copies are also available at the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.​

Page reviewed: 04 May 2018 4:43pm