Wheelie bin service approved for more properties

Friday 30 June, 2017​

More residents will be able to dispose of their rubbish and recycling using the new wheelie bin service when it rolls out in the district this year, after Ashburton District Council yesterday voted to extend the kerbside collection boundary.

Some properties that lie outside the current kerbside collection areas in Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia North and Winslow, as well as those in Fairton and Lake Hood will join urban properties in receiving the wheelie bins when the new system begins on 1 September.

“The extended collection areas will receive the same service that towns will receive, and will be a part of the rates charges,” Council Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin says. “It will mean that if any of these residents have been purchasing Ashburton District Council rubbish bags to take to the resource recovery parks, they will no longer need to do so.

“Wheelie bin services have developed and matured around New Zealand over the last 25 years, and we feel confident residents will be receiving an effective and efficient service this September.

“Yesterday’s decision is also great news for our environment and our waste reduction goals. Wheelie bin systems have been proven to increase the amount of recycling collected, as they are a straightforward and easy to use system. We therefore expect the wheelie bins will have great outcomes for our district in reducing on-property waste burning and increasing recycling levels.”

Properties in the extended boundary, as well as those already receiving Council kerbside collection services will receive an 80 litre red waste bin, a 240 litre yellow recycling bin and a 45 litre green crate for glass bottles and jars when the bins are delivered to households in August.

The decision to extend the kerbside collection boundary follows a number of community consultations held earlier this year. Residents in the proposed extended areas were asked to provide feedback on whether they wanted to join the wheelie bin service in March, with 73.9 per cent saying yes.

Council then consulted on its Revenue and Finance Policy, as the proposed extended service would impact rating areas. Two submissions were received, and the Revenue and Finance Policy was formally adopted at the Council meeting yesterday.

Residents wishing to check if their property falls in the new kerbside collection area can access maps on the Council website.

More information on the wheelie bin service is also available online.

Page reviewed: 30 Jun 2017 5:38pm