Bin it Right
Ashburton District Council is introducing a new wheelie bin kerbside collection service on 1 September 2017. As a community, we have made good progress on improving our waste practices but there is always more we can do. Our new collection service will help you reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. It is a further step towards creating a more sustainable district for ourselves and the generations that come after us.
Wheelie bins are being delivered to properties from 1 August, 2017 ready for the service to begin in September. Some properties who already receive Council kerbside collection services may already have a green crate that they use for their recycling. Please keep this crate to use as part of the new service. Properties that do not have a green crate will receive one in August with their wheelie bins ready for the start of the new service.
What is the new service?
Ashburton District's new service will replace the ADC rubbish bag and crate system currently operating in Ashburton, Chertsey, Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield, Hinds (and the bag system in Rakaia). It will also be introduced to some properties that haven't previously received Council kerbside collection services, including Lake Hood, Fairton and Winslow.
Ashburton District's new kerbside collection service includes:
- A 240 litre yellow recycling wheelie bin
- A 45 litre green crate for glass bottles and jars
- An 80 litre red rubbish wheelie bin
Note: If you already receive Council kerbside collection services, you may already have a 45 litre green crate that is currently used for all recycling. Please keep this crate for the new service. Properties that do not already have a green crate will be delivered one ready for the start of the new service.
The red rubbish wheelie bin will be collected every week, while the yellow recycling wheelie bin and green glass crate will be collected every fortnight, on alternate weeks to each other (ie. yellow bin will go out with the red rubbish bin one week, and the green crate will go out with the rubbish bin the other week).
Are you in the new collection area?
On Thursday 29 June, 2017 Council voted to extend the kerbside collection boundary for this new service to include areas that had not previously received Council kerbside collection services. This means that while properties who already receive kerbside collection services will be a part of the new wheelie bin service, more properties will also receive this service from 1 September.
Check the maps below to see if your property is in the new wheelie bin collection area, which will begin on 1 September.
Your red rubbish bin will be collected every week. Your yellow recycling wheelie bin and your green glass recycling crate will be collected on alternate weeks from each other on a Week 1 and Week 2 schedule. Check the sticker on the side of your yellow recycling bin to see if it is collected on Week 1 or Week 2. Your green crate will be collected on whichever week your yellow bin is not collected.
- Week 2 begins on the first day of this new service, Friday 1 September, 2017
- Week 1 begins on Monday 4 September, 2017
Click here if the sticker on your yellow bin says it is collected on Week 1.
Click here if the sticker on your yellow bin says it is collected on Week 2.
These schedules can also be found below:
These schedules will be in your handbook that is delivered to you with your wheelie bins in August.
What goes in each bin
Your three new bins are each designed for different recycling and waste items. It's important you know what items can and cannot go in these bins and what you can do with items that cannot go in any of the bins.
Yellow recycling wheelie bin
Your yellow recycling bin is for the following clean items:
Please do not put the following items in your yellow recycling bin. These can safety be dropped off at your local Resource Recovery Park:
|Polystyrene (including traditional meat trays)||Takeaway cups|
|Electronics and electrical appliances||Clothing and shoes|
|Toys||Plastic film and wrap|
Green glass crate
Your green crate is for clean glass bottles and jars.
Glass will be taken to a different sorting centre for recycling than the items in the yellow bin. If glass is put in the yellow recycling bin, it can break in the back of the collection truck and contaminate the load of clean recyclables in there, so it's important you put these glass bottles and jars in your green crate.
Ensure your glass bottles and jars are loose, not bagged and do not put broken glass in the crate.
Please do not put the following items in your green crate:
|Window glass||Pyrex or ovenware|
|Drinking glasses||Optical lenses|
|Opal glass||Medical or laboratory glass|
|Television or computer screens||Bottle lids|
Red rubbish wheelie bin
Your red rubbish bin is for items that cannot go in the yellow recycling bin or green crate, including:
- Household waste
- Polystyrene products (including traditional meat tray
- Food scraps
- Garden waste
Not all waste items can go in your rubbish bin, so make sure you dispose of these items correctly, or reduce your use of these items.
Using your wheelie bins right
It will take time to get used to our wheelie bin service. We don't expect things to be perfect straight away, and we'll be providing feedback throughout the first few months to help you out. We want to work with you to sort, recycle and rubbish it right.
Check out these tips to help you use your new bins correctly:
- Check the top of your bin lid to make only the right items have been placed inside.
- Bin lids must be closed flat for bin collection. Items placed next to or on top of will not be collected. Flatten cardboard and newspapers to help reduce the amount of space they take up in your recycling bin.
- Ensure your bins are no heavier than 30kg. Bins heavier than this cannot be collected.
- Place your bins as close to the kerb as possible, with the bin's logo facing out on to the road.
- Bins should be at least 50cm apart from one another, and the same distance from trees, poles, fences and letterboxes.
- Make sure bins are out by 7.30am on the day of collection and brought in by 11pm.
- Each bin has a unique ID which links it to a specific property. Bins must stay at the property to which they have been allocated. If your bin does not have a label, or you have a bin that belongs to different address, contact Council.
- Please ensure bins are stored securely on your property between collection days.
Frequently asked questions
More than half of the waste we are currently sending to landfill can be avoided or recycled. Since 2011, Council has been working towards its 'zero-waste' vision. We have made good progress on improving our waste practices but there is a lot more we can do. With a greater recycling capacity, the region's new waste collection service will help you reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill.
The following areas will receive kerbside collection:
- Ashburton. This includes Allenton, Hampstead, Netherby, Tinwald, and extended areas to the east and west of the town.
- Lake Hood. This includes an area north of the town centre, bordered by Boundary Road.
- Fairton. This includes the majority of properties on Fairfield Road and Fairfield Road West heading towards the State Highway One.
- Winslow. This includes an area down Winslow Westerfield Road, as far as Lowreys Road and back to Winslow Road.
- Rakaia. This service area extends to Wolsely Street, down Ulundi Road and back to State Highway One.
- Methven. This includes an area south of the town centre, between Pudding Hill Road and Hobbs Road.
- Mt Somers
Please see the maps in the section "New collection area - are you in it?" above on this page for more details about the collection area.
The collection zone is based on population density. Extending the collection zone to all of the district would be unsustainable with the resources we currently have available. District-wide collection is in Council's long-term 'zero-waste' vision.
If your driveway is long or difficult to navigate with a wheelie bin, you can purchase an attachment that connects your bin to a towbar. This is called a 'bin hitch' and is available from Sulo Talbot.
No. Items like these will not be collected from your kerbside. If you have household goods or furniture in good condition and working order that you no longer want, you are welcome to drop them off at the Resource Recovery Park reuse shops or at Wastebusters. Alternatively, there are also several local charities that would appreciate your donations, including:
- The Salvation Army Family Store, Willis Street
- Red Cross Shop, Burnett Street
- St Vincent de Paul, Victoria Street
- Save the Children, Ashburton
- St Johns, Tancred Street
- Hospice, Tancred Street
Please check what your chosen charity will accept before dropping your goods off.
Electronics are not designed to break down in landfill, and they can contain heavy metals - including lead, mercury and cadmium - that can be extremely toxic to the environment. If electronic appliances no longer work, consider getting them repaired or selling them to a second-hand agent who can repair and on-sell them. Some manufacturers also have a take-back scheme, so it's worth checking with them.
Yes. If you have mobility issues and you have no way to get the bins to the kerb, contact Council and we'll be able to help.
No. Your bins and crates will be collected no matter how full they are. However, they cannot be overfull - lids must be closed flat for bins to be collected.
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