Bin it Right - Our new kerbside collection service


Rubbish and recycling collections - ANZAC Day

Resource Recovery Parks

The Ashburton Resource Recovery Park will open at 1pm on Wednesday 25 April, 2018. There will be no change to the Rakaia Resource Recovery Park hours.​

Rubbish and Recycling - Kerbside Collection

ALL residents who receive kerbside collection on or after Wednesday 25 April will have their bins and/or crate collected the day after their usual collection day. Monday and Tuesday collections will be picked up as usual.​

  • Wednesday collections will be picked up Thursday
  • Thursday collections will be picked up Friday​
  • Friday collections will be picked up Saturday

Please ensure all rubbish and recycling is placed at kerbside by 7.30am on collection day.


Please ensure all rubbish and recycling is placed at kerbside by 7.30am on collection day. Download your new 2018/19 collection calendar below.​

Bin it Right

Are you missing your wheelie bins or don't have your labels stating which day and week your bins are collected?
View our kerbside collection maps

Please note: Each coloured area is marked with a day and either Week 1 or Week 2. Check your 'Bin it Right' information booklet for the Week 1 Week 2 calendar. If you don't have one, an online version is available at the bottom of this page. 

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.

Let's work together to sort, recycle and rubbish it right.​

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.

Collection schedule

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
  • Rubbish collection in the Ashburton Central Business District will occur twice a week, and recycling (including glass bottles and jars) will be collected every week. 

Download your 2018/19 collection calendar:

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.

The latest 2018/19 schedual is also available as a hard copy at Council reception, 5 Baring Square West or you can veiw it below. 


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:

​Batteries​Aerosol cans
​Polystyrene (including traditional meat trays)​Takeaway cups
​Electronics and electrical appliances​Clothing and shoes
​Toys​Plastic film and wrap
​Ceramics​Bottle lids


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
  • Mayfield
  • Hinds
  • Chertsey

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.

The cost of the collection will be covered by your rates. If you live in Lake Hood, the levy you currently pay to the Ashburton Aquatic Charitable Trust for rubbish collection will be deducted from the overall levy.

You will no longer need to purchase ADC rubbish bags as these will no longer be collected from the kerb from 1 September. These bags will still be available for purchase and when full, you can dispose of them at your local Resource Recovery Park for free.

Your red rubbish bin will be collected weekly. Your yellow recycling bin and green crate are both collected fortnightly, on alternate weeks.

The sticker on the side of your yellow bin will tell you what day your bins are to be collected. Your recycling collections will either be on a Week 1 or Week 2 schedule. Check the sticker on your bin to see what week your recycling is collected.

When a collection day falls on a public holiday, kerbside collections for that week will occur the day after your normal scheduled day. Following Labour Day on Monday 23 October, for example, properties that normally have their bins collected on Monday will have them picked up on Tuesday. Tuesday collection will move to Wednesday, Wednesday collection to Thursday, Thursday to Friday and Friday to Saturday.

Contact Council as soon as possible if your bins/crate are missing, damaged or stolen. Each bin has a unique ID number, which can help us to locate the bin's home if it is found at another location. It's also worth checking that a neighbour hasn't taken it by mistake.

Council can also help you if your bins/crate have been damaged. You can contact Council by phone 03 307 7700, email or visit us at the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.

An organic waste collection is part of Council's long-term 'zero-waste' vision, but is currently not cost-effective for Council to introduce an organics collection. There are private companies that you can contact if you would like your garden waste collected. You can find these in the Yellow Pages under 'rubbish and recycling services'. You can also drop off garden waste at Wastebusters, your nearest Resource Recovery Park, or the Methven Greenwaste Drop-off Facility.

What else can I do about my organic waste?

Food waste is best reduced through good practices at home - the Love Food Hate Waste website has great ideas to help you reduce food waste, including how to store food correctly and tips for leftovers.

Council also runs free organics and composting community workshops and seminars. Find our more here.

Garden waste includes grass clippings, branches, weeds and plants,  and almost all garden waste can be composted. Lawn clippings can be mulched and used around trees and plants to suppress weeds, retain moisture and give them the nourishment they need. Even grass that has been chemically sprayed can be used this way.

Consider creating your own organic garden spray by placing lawn clippings in a barrel and filling with water. One part lawn mix and 10 parts water should do the trick.

Larger branches can be used as firewood. If you don't have a fireplace, perhaps give the wood to a neighbour or friend who does.

Compost: Composting is a great way to make the most of your organic waste. It's simply to set up, makes nutrient rich food for your garden, and is cleaner than you might think. There are several different types of composting:

  • Compost bins are excellent for food scraps, garden pruning's, grass and dead leaves.
  • Worm farms are a great option for small households that produce mainly food scraps.
  • Bokashi fermentation buckets are ideal for food scraps that are not suitable for standard compost mixes, including cooked meat, fish and leftovers. This method creates a compost product in just two to four weeks and can be stored inside due to its neutral odour.

There could be several reasons why your bins/crate haven't been collected. These include not having them at the kerb on time; placing items in your bins/crate that cannot be collected; or having a bin that is overfull.

No. Wheelie bins are allocated to each property using a unique ID. They must stay at the correct property for new owners and tenants to use. If your new property is in the collection area it will already have its own bins. If it doesn't, please contact Council.

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.

If you have any further questions about the new wheelie bin service, contact Council 03 307 7700, email or visit us in the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.

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Page reviewed: 09 Apr 2018 12:34pm