Residents and businesses that have more rubbish and recycling than the current kerbside collection wheelie bins can handle each week can now pay for additional bins to help meet their needs.
From 1 July 2018, the Ashburton District Council made additional red rubbish and yellow recycling wheelie bins available, which are charged to the user, rather than through rates. The additional bins do not replace the wheelie bins and crates already provided through rates, but are an extra service.
Chair of Service Delivery, Councillor Stuart Wilson says the current service has already seen more recyclable materials diverted from landfill into recycling – an increase of 32 per cent per household, however some larger households and businesses are struggling to keep their waste and recycling within the service's limits.
"We know that most people are happy with the current service, and this was demonstrated in the Annual Residents' Survey. The additional bins will provide an alternative for people who are otherwise making trips to the Resource Recovery Parks with their rubbish and recycling that doesn't fit into the current service each week. We are pleased to make this option available to help meet our community's needs."
The additional rubbish bins are available in three sizes; 80 litres, 120 litres and 240 litres; while 240 litre recycling bins are also available. Each bin has an annual collection fee - based on it's size - that will be charged to the user. This means people who rent are able to pay for the extra service if they want it, rather than it being charged through rates to the landlord.
For businesses in the Central Business District, where rubbish and recycling is picked up twice as often as residential areas, the additional bins are charged to reflect the higher frequency of collections in the year.
More information plus the annual charges for each bin is available on the Council website www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/binitright.
To request an additional rubbish or recycling bin please contact Council on 307 7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org