The Great Recycling Bin Roundup

Over the coming months, we'll be fitting Council bins with scannable tags. This will help us improve the recycling service, and know which property the bin belongs to.

There are around 17,000 recycling bins to fit with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. The roundup is underway from Monday 19 November and will finish in late May 2019.

We'll need you to put your bin at kerbside each week while the roundup is happening in your area. Look out for a flier in your mailbox telling you what you need to do.

If your bin was not tagged during the time period outlined on the letterbox notice, contact 0800 965 468 or email with your property address.

Purpose of the Recycling Bin Roundup

The roundup of the Waimakariri District’s recycling bins is to make sure ratepayers are getting the bin services they are paying for in their rates. This ensures a fair service for all of the community. It also enables the Council and the contractor to keep more accurate records of the bins in circulation.

How it works

An RFID tag is a small plastic disc that contains information such as the property the recycling bin is allocated to.

The RFID tag does not transmit all the time, it is only activated when in close proximity (a few cm) to the receiver on the truck. Other than when the bin is emptied into the truck, it doesn’t do anything as it doesn’t have its own power source.

Have questions?

Check out our questions and answers leaflet here.

What you need to do

When it’s time for the roundup at your property, you will receive a notice in your letterbox about a week before letting you know what you need to do.

  1. If your bin is not already labelled with the correct address, please write it on the lid with permanent marker.
  2. Put your bin at kerbside by 7am on your collection day. Leave it out until 6pm – even after the collection truck has been
  3. Continue to place the bin out at kerbside on your following rubbish collection days (even if it’s empty and it’s not your recycling day) until 16 December, or until the bin has been tagged*
  4. Place any surplus bins you have at kerbside to be removed. Only tagged bins will be collected in the future.

We are asking residents to put their recycling bin out on their recycling day every week for four weeks, or until a yellow sticker is placed on the side of the bin indicating it has been tagged.

*Look out for a small round yellow sticker on the side of the bin. This will indicate that the tag has been fitted and you can then resume putting your bin out at kerbside as normal.