Please ensure all red rubbish bins are placed at the kerb by 7.30am on collection day. If it is also your yellow bin collection week or glass crate collection week, please ensure it is at the kerb by 7.30am.
The Ashburton Resource Recovery Park will be open on Monday 1 June. The Rakaia Resource Recovery Park will be closed on Monday 1 June.
Bin it Right
What is the service?
- A 240 litre yellow recycling wheelie bin
- A 45 litre green crate for glass bottles and jars
- An 80 litre red rubbish wheelie bin
The red rubbish wheelie bin is collected every week, while the yellow recycling wheelie bin and green glass crate are 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).
Additional wheelie bins are now available
If you are struggling to keep your weekly/fortnightly volume of rubbish and recycling inside the current service's limits, you can decide if you would like to pay for an additional service. The Council now has additional rubbish and recycling bins available if you need them. These bins are charged to the user, rather than through rates, which means tenants can pay for them rather than having to go through the landlord. These additional bins DO NOT replace the bins and crates provided through rates. They are an extra service.
The additional red rubbish bins are available in three sizes; 80 litres, 120 litres and 240 litres. The yellow recycling bin is available in a 240 litre size. They are charged through an annual fee based on their size.
|Additional red rubbish wheelie bin||Charge each year, each bin|
|80 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)||$145.00|
|120 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)||$182.00|
|240 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)||$293.50|
|80 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$290.50|
|120 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$364.00|
|240 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$586.00|
|Additional yellow recycling wheelie bin||Charge each year, each bin|
|240 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)||$58.00|
|240 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$116.50|
|The glass crate collection service is limited to three per household and six per business||Paid for through rates|
|Additional recycling bin or glass crate retrieval||Free|
Wheelie bin sticker worn out? Request a new one
The red rubbish bin is collected every week, while the yellow recycling wheelie bin and your green glass recycling crate are 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 is collected on whichever week your yellow bin is not collected.
Download your kerbside collection calendar:
Click here if the sticker on your yellow bin says Week 1
Click here if the sticker on your yellow bin says Week 2
The latest calendar is also available as a hard copy at the Council office (5 Baring Square West, Ashburton) or you can see it below:
When a collection day falls on a public holiday (marked in the above calendars in black circles) kerbside collections for that week will occur the day after your normal scheduled day.
For example, following Labour Day on Monday in October, properties that normally have their bins collected on Monday will have them picked up on Tuesday. A Tuesday collection will move to Wednesday, a Wednesday collection to Thursday, a Thursday collection to Friday and Friday collection to Saturday.
The exception to this is Boxing Day and January 2 - collection will operate on these public holidays.
Full details for each holiday become available on our Public Notices page a couple of weeks before any holiday occurs.
The CBD Collection Area
The Central Business District bins in the Ashburton township are collected on a different schedule to the rest of the District. These businesses pay double the annual rate of a residential household to receive double the level of service.
Bins in the CBD are collected twice weekly as follows:
Tuesday Red refuse bin and yellow recycling bin
Friday Red refuse bin and green glass recycling crate
Collections in the CBD commence at 7.30am with the intention of having all bins collected by 9am on both Tuesdays and Fridays. If your business does not open prior to 7.30am it is recommended that bins are placed at the kerbside the evening prior to collection.
Council wishes to remind business owners that the CBD kerbside collection is for 'domestic' quantities of waste and recyclable materials only. This service is not designed or intended to provide for commercial levels of waste and recycling.
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.
See below or read our comprehensive list of what can/can't go in each bin (including alternative drop off locations).
Yellow recycling wheelie bin
Your yellow recycling bin is for the following clean items:
Tip: Make sure these items go in the bin loose, not in a plastic bag
Please do not put the following items in your yellow recycling bin. These can safety be dropped off at your local Resource Recovery Park:
|Bottle lids||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.
Tip: Remove the bottle or jar lid and put it in the rubbish bin
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
- Food scraps
- Garden waste
- Plastic bin liners
- Plastic dog waste bags
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.
Why has my bin/crate not been collected?Frequently asked questions
What happens if my wheelie bins/crate are missing, damaged or stolen?
I'm moving to a new house. Do I take my bins with me?
Do bins and crates have to be full to be collected?
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.
Why is my house not in the collection zone?
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.
How much does the service cost?
Why is there no organic collection?
I live down a long driveway. How can I get my bin to the kerb?
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.
Is there an inorganics collection for household items like appliances or furniture?
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.
I have mobility issues. Can I have help to shift my bins?
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.
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