Bin it Right - Our new kerbside collection service

​​​​​​​​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.

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 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)​​$142.00
120 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)​​$178.00
240 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)​​$287.00
80 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)​​$284.00
120 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)​​​$356.00​
240 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)​​​$574.00
​Wheelie bin upsize swap - administration and re-issue charge​$80.50​
Additional yellow recycling wheelie binCharge each year, each bin
240 litre wheelie bin (residential collection area)​​$57.00
240 litre wheelie bin (CBD collection area)​​$114.00
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

​​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.

Are you in the collection area?

If you are in the kerbside collection area, you should have the two Council wheelie bins and a green crate. Check if you are in the collection area in the maps below:

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. 

Download your 2018/19 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:



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:


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


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
  • ​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

Here are some tips to help you use the 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 the bin 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 the Council.
  • Please ensure bins are stored securely on your property between collection days.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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 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.

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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Page reviewed: 09 Jul 2018 5:00pm