COVID-19 Delays Rubbish Bag Supply

As supply chain disruptions continue worldwide, shipping delays of more than four months has forced the Council to find a temporary solution for the supply of tie-handle Waimakariri District Council branded rubbish bags.

Council Rubbish BagsThe tie-handle bags are supplied by a Christchurch-based firm but are produced by an overseas manufacturer, and the disruptions mean they likely won’t arrive in the country for another four to six months.

“We’ve been working with our local supplier to make a short term supply of bags that will tide us over for the next few months”, says Council’s Solid Waste Asset Manager Kitty Waghorn.

The temporary bags have a perforated tear-off tie. They are the same as those used before the Council moved to tie-handle bags, and are the same volume and price as the tie-handle bags.

The Council moved to tie-handle bags more than ten years ago, due to feedback from both the community and Council collection contractors that the tear-off tie bags were difficult to handle. The tie often popped off, spilling rubbish on the street, and were difficult to wrap around a full rubbish bag.

The tie-handle bags were originally manufactured locally, however their manufacture has moved off-shore in recent times due to low demand across the country for this style of bag.

The Council acknowledges that the tie bags are more difficult to handle when they are full, and anticipate moving back to the tie-handle bags as soon as stock arrives.

“To make it a little easier to use the tie-top bags, we ask residents not to over-fill them. Over-filling definitely makes it more likely that the tie will come off when they’re being carried to the kerb and also during pick up”, says Kitty.

While the Council waits for the temporary bags to arrive, residents may see blue bags with a Council logo sticker at the supermarkets and Council Services where bags can be purchased. These will cost the same as the tie-handle bags, and can be used in the same way as our usual Council-branded bags.

Rubbish bags work on a user pays basis, and the cost of a bag is broken up into:

  • Manufacturing of the bag including handling and delivery
  • Collection of the rubbish bag from the kerbside
  • Disposal of the rubbish at the landfill, including a landfill levy

Retail prices for rubbish bags are:

  • Single bag           $3.30
  • 5-pack                 $16.50
  • 25-pack               $80.00

Bags can be purchased from New World Rangiora, New World Kaiapoi, Rangiora Pak’N SAVE, New World Northwood and New World Prestons Road, Countdown Rangiora as well as all Council Service Centres and the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park.