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In 2019, the Waimakariri District Council entered into a new expanded kerbside collection service where it introduced optional organics and rubbish wheelie bins for residents and businesses within the Council's kerbside collection area. Those who choose to opt into the service, will have the cost of their choice added to their rates.
Take a look at out our Guide to the Kerbside Collection Service or read more about the ins and outs of kerbside collections below.
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If you decide to opt in for kerbside organics or rubbish wheelie bins, you can call us and your order will processed by our team. You will receive an invoice for the delivery fee and the collection costs to the next 30 June. Once we receive payment, an order will be placed and we’ll let you know when to expect delivery.
Your new bin will have your property address labelled on it so that you know the bin belongs at your home. A bin allocated to a property has to stay at that property. Please leave the bin behind when you are moving out.
Organics and rubbish bin costs are added to rates, so the service is only available to the owner of the property. Tenants will need to discuss new bin collections with their landlord.
* The Council’s Organics bin and rubbish bag collection services are not available in the extended Ohoka Collection Area
Order kerbside bins online.
A bin delivery charge applies when bins are delivered or removed from a property. This is separate to the pickup charges. For more detail, visit our kerbside bins fees and charges page.
Recycling wheelie bins have been allocated to each property that is rated for the kerbside collection service and the cost of collection is included in your rates.
Rubbish bags are user-pays and aren’t charged in rates. The cost of the bag covers the collection and disposal fees for households located within the Council's Kerbside Collection Area. These are available from most supermarkets and all Council Service Centres in the District. For anyone located outside of the Kerbside Collection Area, bags can be disposed of 'for free' at the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park or the Oxford Transfer Station.
You’re entitled to a recycling bin if your property is within the Council’s kerbside collection area. Phone or call into any Council Service Centre to tell us that you would like a bin delivered. Remember to leave any bins at the previous property as they belong to the property.
If you want to select organics and rubbish bins for your property, contact us to make arrangements on 0800 965 468.
It's important to make sure the right stuff is going in your bins. Click below for a list of what can and can't go in your kerbside bins, what to do in the event of a missed collection or a missing bin.
The Council has introduced an expanded kerbside collection service that includes organics and rubbish bins, in addition to the recycling bin and Council branded rubbish bag collection. Find out what we can and can't take in each of the bins:
Please note that there is a 70kg weight restriction on your rubbish bin, and a 15kg limit for Council bags.
Please do not put garden or food waste in plastic, compostable or biodegradable bags.
Please note that there is a 70kg weight restriction on your recycling bin.
Please make sure items are loose in the bin, not in bags.
Find out about the recycling process.
There is a 70kg weight restriction on your recycling bin. If it exceeds this, it may not get collected.
Continued contamination of the recycling bin may result in the withdrawal of the service.
We Don't Take:
Domestic quantities of household batteries, cleaners, paints and solvents, garden sprays and chemicals, used engine oil and other automotive products and domestic hazardous wastes in general can be dropped off at the transfer stations to be safely disposed of for free.
Find out more about hazardous waste here.
Rubbish, organics and recycling are collected on the same day of the week, but at different frequencies. Kerbside collections in the Waimakariri are split into Week 1 and Week 2 recycling collections, and this dictates when your kerbside bins are collected.
You can check this map and enter your address to find out if your collection day is a Week 1 or Week 2. And we have these handy calendars showing which days to put each bin out.
Having trouble remembering what bin is collected when? Click here to set up email or text reminders.
To make sure your bin is emptied on collection day, you need to follow some simple guidelines...
Where and how you place your bin will help make sure it's emptied and makes life a little easier for the driver.
We all know how windy the Waimakariri District can be, and it often hits us during the night, blowing bins over, spilling contents to blow down the street.
If you think your bin could be blown over during high wind, consider putting it out on the morning of your collection day, before 7am rather than the night before. If your bin isn't full, you could also leave it until your next collection, or take it to a Transfer Station.
Otherwise, here are a few tips:
It's not often that weather stops kerbside collection from continuing. But if this happens, we'll update residents on Facebook and our website if severe weather causes any changes to kerbside collections.
How to place your bins and rubbish bags
We want to make sure your bin is emptied and your rubbish bag is picked up on collection day. To help out, here are some guidelines...
Never miss a collection day! Sign up for text or email alerts to receive a reminder the day before your bin needs to go out. Just click on the link, enter your address and click on 'Set Reminders'. You will then be asked to choose your reminder preferences.
If any of your bins go missing on your collection day, call the Council or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) within 24 hours to let us know. Check with your neighbours in case they have taken it in by mistake, and if you do find it contact us again as soon as possible to tell us it’s been found.
Missing bins will be replaced at no charge if they are reported within 24 hours of the collection day they disappeared. There will be a charge for bins to be replaced if they are reported as missing outside that 24 hour period. You can find out the fees and charges here.
Bin deliveries are made on Thursdays and Fridays. If missing bins are reported to us by midday on Wednesday, the bin should be replaced that same week, otherwise it’ll be replaced at the end of the following week.
Recycling collected from the kerbside is taken to EcoSort, Canterbury's Material Recovery Facility in Christchurch. There it gets sorted, baled and ready for transport.
Watch how the sorting machines process recycling here.
The aim is to recycling as much as possible to give items another useful life, and to reduce the amount of rubbish going to the landfill.
To learn more about where our recycling goes after it leaves your home, visit the EcoSort website.
Glass makes up 35% of Waimakariri’s total recycling, and it’s recycled in New Zealand. (Figure current at 2020/21 financial year).
Colour-sorted glass from Transfer Stations goes to O-I New Zealand, in Auckland. The glass is then mixed with other raw materials and fed into a furnace where it’s melted down to make bottles and jars.
The glass from the kerbside recycling bins is processed into differing grades of sand. These products can be used in many applications including road fill, turf management, filters and sand blasting.
Steel cans are one of the world's most recyclable products. Steel cans are sold locally and are exported for processing.
Aluminium bales are recycled and 60% energy is saved using recycled aluminium material. Aluminium cans are sold locally.
Mixed paper and corrugated cardboard is baled and exported to countries such as India, Thailand and Vietnam. EcoCentral is investigating on-shore solutions for paper recycling.
Lids can't be processed through Eco Sort, who are the Material Recovery Facility that sort most of Canterbury's recycling, regardless of their plastic type, due to their shape and size.
The plant uses sorting machine that is designed to sort items by shape and size. Flat items like lids end up in the paper stream and small lids fall through into the glass line causing contamination. It's a drawback with a semi-automated plant that some items can’t be sorted, but it does allow all of Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn and Ashburton’s recycling to be processed each day.
You can read more about where lids go here.
Any items put in the kerbside recycling bin that can't be recycled have to be removed either by hand or machine and are sent to the landfill. This is a time consuming and sometimes unpleasant job for the people doing this work.
We can only take from the kerbside items that are accepted by EcoSort, who are the Material Recovery Facility that sort most of Canterbury's recycling.
To reduce contamination and recycling ending up in the landfill, it's important to only put in your yellow bin the items that can be accepted. We spot check bins to make sure only the items we can recycle are going into the kerbside bins as it's the best way for us to see first hand any items that are causing confusion. If a bin is badly contaminated we won't be able to empty it and will let you know what items need to be removed for it to be emptied next time.
Click to find out more information on using Council rubbish bags as an alternative to the red kerbside bin.
Bag charges aren't just for the manufacture and supply costs of the bags themselves, it also includes Council's refuse collection and disposal costs for households within the kerbside collection area.
Those outside of the collection area can drop the bag off to the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park or the Oxford Transfer Station as the bag charge includes disposal fees.
Rubbish is collected fortnightly on the opposite week to recycling. Please have your refuse bags on the ground at the kerbside by 7am on your collection day. Sign up to receive text or email reminders so you never miss a collection day.
There is a 15 kg weight limit per bag.
Only Waimakariri District Council rubbish bags will be collected. This is because the cost of the bag includes collection and disposal costs for households within Council's kerbside collection area. This makes them user pays.
'Official' Council bags can be purchased from any Council Service Centre and most local supermarkets. Learn more on the official rubbish bags fact sheet.