Bin it Right
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Our rubbish and recycling 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
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)||$148.00|
|120 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)||$186.00|
|240 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)||$300.00|
|80 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$297.00|
|120 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$372.00|
|240 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$599.00|
|Additional yellow recycling wheelie bin||Charge each year, each bin|
|240 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)||$59.00|
|240 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)||$119.00|
|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
Each wheelie bin and crate is assigned to a specific address. The address appears on the sticker on your yellow wheelie bin.
Collection schedule calendars
Download your kerbside collection calendar:
Week 1 collection calendar (check the sticker on the side of your yellow bin)
Week 2 collection calendar (check the sticker on the side of your yellow bin)
The latest calendar is also available as a hard copy at the Council office (5 Baring Square West, Ashburton).
Public Holidays - Christmas Day and Good Friday
If your collection day falls on Christmas Day or Good Friday, your bins/crate will be collected the very next day. All remaining collection days that week will also be picked up the day after their usual collection day.
For example, if Christmas Day is on a Tuesday, Tuesday's collection is picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday's collection is picked up on Thursday, Thursday's collection is picked up on Friday and Friday's collection is picked up on Saturday.
No other public holidays are affected.
What goes in each bin
Your two wheelie bins and grate 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 the full list of what can and cannot go in your bins/cate.
Yellow recycling wheelie bin
Your yellow recycling bin is for the following clean and loose (not bagged) items:
- Aluminium cans
- Metal tins
- Plastic meat trays
- Plastic bottles and containers grades 1, 2 & 5 (no lids).
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/container lids||Takeaway cups|
|Electronics and electrical appliances||Clothing and shoes|
|Toys||Plastic film and wrap|
|Ceramics||Fast food packaging|
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 is 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
- Plastic container/bottle lids
- Soft plastic and those graded 3, 4, 6, 7 and no grade.
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?
Your booklet - online version