Bin it Right - Our kerbside collection service


Queen's Birthday long weekend collections

All rubbish and recycling bins/g​lass crate will be collected on their normal days of the week, as follows:
  • Monday 1 June (public holiday) will be collected on Monday 1 June
  • All following collection days will happen as normal (Tuesday’s collection on Tuesday, Wednesday’s collection on Wednesday etc.)
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

Since 2011, the Council has been working towards its vision of zero waste. As a community, we have made great progress on improving our waste practices, but there is always more we can do. Since the introduction of the district's new wheelie bin and crate kerbside collection service in September 2017, more recyclable items have been diverted away from landfill and into recycling - an increase of 32 per cent per household. This is a fantastic outcome, and a trend we would like to see continue.

 It is a great step towards creating a more sustainable district for ourselves and the generations that come after us.​

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

What is the service?

In 2017, Ashburton District Council began a new wheelie bin and crate kerbside collection service to replace the old bag and crate system. The service is provided to properties in Ashburton, Chertsey, Fairton, Lake Hood, Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield, Winslow and Rakaia​. It 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

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

Read the User Information and Terms and conditions​​ for the purchasing of additional wheelie bins.​​

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. 

Prices for each bin are listed below. Please note that the 'upsize swap' charge is for instances where people pay for an additional bin and would then like to upsize to a bigger additional bin. It is not for exchanging bins already allocated through rates for a bigger bin.

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
​Wheelie bin upsize swap - administration and re-issue charge​$82.50​
Additional yellow recycling wheelie binCharge 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

​​Request additional bins online

You can also request additional bins by contacting Customer Services on (03) 307 7700 or info@adc.govt.nzor visit the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.

Wheelie bin sticker worn out? ​Request a new one

You can request a new wheelie bin sticker either by getting in touch with us using the details above, or by filling out an online form.

Collection schedule

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. 

If you are unsure what day your bins are collected, you can view our collection maps​.

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:​​​

Public Holidays​

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:

​Batteries​Aerosol cans
​Bottle lids​Takeaway cups
​Electronics and electrical appliances​Clothing and shoes
​Toys​Plastic film and wrap

There are various reasons why some items can't be put into the yellow recycling bin. It may be because they are too small to be machine sorted and get lost to waste during that process or, it might be because there is a risk that the container may contain residue chemicals in it (for example, aerosol cans.)​


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
​Light Bulbs ( Tungsten and LED​ bulbs can go in the ​red rubbish bin and  Fluorescent bulbs must be dropped off at a Resource Recovery park.)

​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.

Putting batteries in the red rubbish bin should also be avoided as some batteries contain lithium (which can cause fires as the battery degrades.)

Why has my bin/crate not been collected?​

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. Remember, the bin lids must be closed flat for them to be collected.​ ​

Check out this list to make sure you have used your bin/crate correctly. 

Frequently asked questions

What happens if my wheelie bins/crate are missing, damaged or stolen?

Contact the Council as soon as possible. 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.

I'm moving to a new house. Do I take my bins with me?

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.

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?

The cost of the collection is covered by your rates.

The old service required people to purchase ADC branded rubbish bags for collection. You no longer need to purchase these bags and they are not collected at the kerbside, however these bags are still available to buy so that you can dispose of rubbish for free at the Resource Recovery Parks. They are available at the Council office and at local supermarkets.

Why is there no organic collection?

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 your nearest Resource Recovery Park, or the Methven Greenwaste Drop-off Facility.​​

What else can I do about my organic waste? ​​Check out these handy hints about composting and using your garden waste.

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.

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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