Rubbish & Recycling

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In a growing district like Waimakariri, it is important that waste is managed so that we can reduce the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill.

The Council has two main goals when it comes to waste:

  1. We need to improve the efficiency of resource use, so less waste is created
  2. We need to reduce the harmful effects of waste

Our expanded kerbside collection service being introduced on 1 July is just one small step towards developing a sustainable District. We all need to think of ways to minimise our waste footprint and start composting, recycling, upcycling, reusing and reducing our consumption.

If you chose bins as part of the expanded service, you can view this map to find out when your bins are likely to be delivered.

By working together, Council and the community can achieve more effective waste management and minimisation in the Waimakariri District.

The Council provides a number of waste services for the District's residents, businesses, schools and visitors, and soon, the expanded kerbside collections will begin:

  • A weekly kerbside refuse bag and fortnightly recycling wheelie bin collection service is provided to approximately 75% of the district’s households. This is changing on 1 July 2019 to a weekly organics bin, fortnightly recycling bin and fortnightly rubbish bag and bin collection service. The organics and rubbish bin services are optional, for more information click here.
  • Waste disposal, diversion and recycling services are available at our transfer stations - Southbrook operates  seven days a week, and Oxford is open two days each week.
  • Operation of a cleanfill disposal site - access to this site is limited to companies registered with the Council to ensure only compliant cleanfill is deposited here.

Expanded Kerbside Collection Service Bin Deliveries

The Council's kerbside collections contractors are busy delivering rubbish and organics bins to those who opted in to the new expanded service.

The deliveries started in mid-May and will continue through until late June.

View the bin rollout map to see when your property is likely to receive bins.

The service will start on 1 July and residents are urged not to start using the bins until then. If organics and rubbish bins are presented to the kerbside before this date, they will not be collected.

Bins may arrive later for people who requested them after the cut off of 1 March.

Residents should check the address label on the side of the bin before taking them onto their property, so that they don't take their neighbours bins by mistake. The bins have already been fitting with a Radio Frequency Identification Tag.

Contact the Council's Customer Service Team if you would like to opt in to the organics and rubbish bin service.