Kerbside Collections

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.

Joining the kerbside collection service

Take a look at out our Guide to the Kerbside Collection Service or read more about the ins and outs of kerbside collections below.

Never miss a collection day again!

Receive text or email kerbside collection reminders when it's time to put out your kerbside bins.

Sign Up Here

How to opt in for organics and rubbish bins

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.

Fees and charges

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.

Moving into a new build

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.

Your kerbside bins

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.

What goes in the bins

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:

Rubbish BinOrganics BinRecycling Bin
Download Rubbish Brochure Download Organics Brochure Download Recycling Brochure

We Take:

  • General household waste
  • Plastic types 3, 4, 6 and 7
  • All soft plastic including biscuit trays, shopping bags and wrappers
  • Plastic lids
  • Tetra Pak and liquid cartons like soy, milk, stock or yoghurt cartons
  • Non compostable garden waste like cabbage tree and flax leaves
  • Old shoes and clothing
  • Wrapped broken glass or china

Please note that there is a 70kg weight restriction on your rubbish bin, and a 15kg limit for Council bags.

We Take:

  • Garden waste, prunings, branches, leaves, grass clippings and weeds
  • Food waste such as bread, dairy products, fruit, fish, vegetables, meats and bones
  • Coffee grinds and tea bags
  • Food soiled cardboard containers like pizza boxes, paper hand towels, serviettes
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper items smaller than an envelope, apart from till receipts (these may have a thermal or plastic film making them difficult to break down)

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.

We Take:

  • Rigid plastic household bottles and containers plastic types 1, 2 and 5 (without lids and no smaller than a yoghurt pottle or larger than 3L)
  • Clean, flat cardboard
  • Aluminium cans
  • Metal tins
  • Aerosols
  • Glass bottles and jars without lids
  • Clean mixed paper (no smaller than an envelope)

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:

  • Explosives and flammable material
  • Batteries of any kind
  • Automotive products, paints and solvents
  • Household cleaners
  • Liquid and dry chemicals

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.

We Don't Take:

  • Compostable or biodegradable bags or packaging
  • Flax or cabbage tree leaves
  • Noxious plants or weeds
  • Plastic bags, food wrap, containers or pot plants
  • Timber, sawdust or ash
  • Animal waste or dead animals
  • Glass, metal, stones or bricks

We Don't Take:

  • Plastic types 3, 4, 6 or 7
  • Plastic film, wrappers, shopping bags or any soft plastic
  • Small yoghurt pottles or anything smaller regardless of the plastic type
  • Plastic type 5 containers that have contained agricultural or toxic chemicals or engine oil
  • Non-rigid plastics of any plastic type (like biscuit or sushi trays)
  • Liquid cartons or Tetra Pak
  • Shredded paper or paper items smaller than an envelope
  • Window glass, perfume bottles
  • Compostable or biodegradable packaging
  • Takeaway cups
  • Any lids from containers, bottles or jars.
  • Liquids or food
  • Polystyrene
  • Foil or other metals (e.g. aluminium pans)
  • Window glass or light bulbs
  • Clothes, shoes or toys
  • Batteries of any kind (household quantities can be dropped at the transfer station for free)
  • Any pot plant containers, regardless of the plastic type (these can be dropped at the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park for free)

When to put your bins out

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.

  • Organics are collected weekly
  • Recycling is collected fortnightly
  • Rubbish bag and bin collections are fortnightly on the alternate week to your recycling.

How to place your wheelie bins and bags

To make sure your bin is emptied on collection day, you need to follow some simple guidelines...

  • Have your bins at the kerbside by 7am on your collection day. Your collection day and week is printed on the bin address label
  • Make sure bins are spaced at least half a metre apart to help the collection arm lift them
  • Smaller bins and rubbish bags need to be visible so the driver can see them - not hidden behind larger bins
  • If a car is in the way, place the bin in front of it if you can
  • Place the bin so the handle is facing away from the road and clear of obstacles.
  • Please do not overload, compact or overfill your bin as there is a 70kg weight limit, and the bin will only be collected if the lid is fully closed
  • Bags should be on the berm, footpath or verge - not on top of bins or in the gutter
  • Lids need to be closed flat - this stops contents falling on the street when it's lifted for emptying
  • The lid opening needs to face the road
  • We can't pick up over-flowing  bins or bins over 70kg
  • Over packing and squashing down items in your bin may stop items falling out when it's emptied - make sure they're loose, especially green waste
  • Some streets only have one-way collections. Bins must be placed on the correct side of the road to ensure collection. If you are new to an area, check where your neighbours place their bins for guidance
  • Make sure that you bring your bin inside your property as soon as you can on your collection day once it’s been emptied, and don’t leave it out on the street overnight
  • If it's windy, or high winds are forecast, pop your bin out before 7am on the morning of your collection day (not overnight). We can provide a special clip to help stop the lid coming open if the wind blows your bin over. Contact us on 0800 965 468.

Where and how you place your bin will help make sure it's emptied and makes life a little easier for the driver.

How to place your wheelie bins

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...

  • Make sure bins are spaced at least half a metre apart to help the collection arm lift them
  • Smaller bins need to be visible so the driver can see them - not hidden behind larger bins
  • If a car is in the way, place the bin in front of it if you can
  • Rubbish bags should be on the berm, footpath or verge – not on top of bins or in the gutter
  • Lids need to be closed flat – this stops contents falling on the street when it’s lifted for emptying
  • The lid opening needs to face the road
  • We can’t pick up over-flowing or bins over 70kg
  • If it’s windy, or high winds are forecast, pop your bin out before 7am on the morning of your collection day. We can provide a special clip to help stop the lid coming open. Contact us on 0800 965 468.

Sign up for text or email alerts

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.

Sign Up Here

Missed collections

  • If you've missed your collection, you'll need to put your bin or bag out on the next collection day, or take it to the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park or the Oxford Transfer Station
  • If your bin was out at 7am and it met our collection criteria, contact our Customer Services Team on 0800 965 468 and we can look into it for you.

Missing bins

If any of your bins go missing on your collection day, call the Council or email us ( 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.

Where does your recycling go?

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.


  • Clear PET (plastic type 1) is clear bottles like soft drink and clear containers. These are sold locally to a New Zealand based processor and remanufactured into clear meat trays for a large supermarket chain.
  • Plastic type 2, HDPE are containers like opaque milk bottles that contain no added pigment. HDPE natural is a valued recycling commodity as it can be made into a wide variety of HDPE products. HDPE natural is sold and processed locally.
  • Coloured plastics type 1 & 2 (PET/HDPE) and plastic numbered 5 (PP) are currently sent overseas to be recycled.
  • Mixed plastics, type 3, 4, 6 and 7 are a low grade product that are difficult to turn into other useable containers, so these continue to be sent to landfill. These make up 3.05% of our Districts total recycling.


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 and Tins

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.

Paper and Cardboard

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.

What Happens to Non-Recyclable Items?

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.

stylised black rubbish bagUsing rubbish bags

Click to find out more information on using Council rubbish bags as an alternative to the red kerbside bin.

Council rubbish bag charges

  • $3.20 per bag for a single bag
  • $16.00 for a five pack
  • $32.00 for a 10 pack
  • $77.50 for a 25-pack

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.