Kerbside Collection - wheelie bins
Council provides a kerbside collection service to residential properties in most urban areas and to some commercial premises and rural households along service routes. This is one of Council's most popular services, consistently scoring over 90% in resident satisfaction surveys.
Each property has two 240 litre wheelie bins, a yellow-lidded bin for recyclables and a green or red-lidded bin for general waste. The service alternates between collection of recyclables one week followed by general rubbish the next.
Recycling was introduced to the service in 2012 in response to community demand, to meet our environmental responsibilities and to minimise the costs of waste disposal for ratepayers. By reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, we reduce the amount we have to pay in waste levies and emissions charges, while saving space in our district's landfill.
The service is funded by rates on the properties that Council is prepared to provide the service to.
Kerbside Collection (wheelie bin) Days
Having trouble remembering which bin to put out each week? Look out for our weekly reminders via Council's app, Antenno, and on our Facebook page.
|Balclutha (part), Kaka Point, Owaka||Balclutha (part), Benhar, Inch Clutha, Stirling||Clinton, Heriot, Tapanui, Waipahi||Kaitangata, Milton (part), Waihola||Lawrence, Milton (part), Waitahuna|
Your bin needs to be out by 7am on the day of collection (you have the same collection day each week). Rural households that have opted into the service will be collected once a week when the truck passes your property.
There are no collections on Christmas Day, New Year's Day or the morning of Anzac Day (25 April). In general, bins usually collected on these days are collected the following day or Anzac Day afternoon.
Council advertises any changes to the collection schedule. If bad weather closes roads, your bin will be collected on the next available day. Notification will be issued to confirm what day this is.
What can and can't go in my wheelie bin
What to put in your recycling wheelie bin (yellow lid):
|YES - they can go in||NO - they can't go in|
|Clean rigid plastic containers - numbered 1, 2 and 5 (no lids, triggers and pumps)||Glass|
|Clean paper and cardboard||Plastic bags|
|Clean aluminium/steel cans and tins||Food or garden/green waste|
What to put in your rubbish wheelie bin (green/red lid):
|YES - they can go in||NO - they can't go in|
|General (non-recyclable) waste, for example:||Hot or un-bagged ashes|
|Glass||Paint and chemicals|
|Food waste||Sharp objects, demolition waste|
|Cold, bagged ashes||Explosives, flammables, gas bottles|
|Plastic bags and plastic cling film||Liquids, fats, oils|
|Green/garden waste||Bricks, timbers, metals|
|Polystyrene and meat trays||Hazardous waste, medical waste|
- Glass is excluded from kerbside recycling collection because of the significant costs involved in collecting and sorting this material. You can drop your glass for free at the Mt Cooee Landfill and the Clinton, Lawrence, Milton, Owaka and Tapanui transfer stations. Glass at Mt Cooee is used for drainage and roading. Glass at Transfer Stations is currently landfilled until and alternative is identified.
- Only rigid plastic containers, numbered 1, 2 and 5 can be put in your yellow-lidded bin. If it doesn't come from your bathroom, kitchen or laundry it should not be going in your kerbside recycling bin.
- Lids, triggers and pumps need to be removed from plastic bottles, pottles and containers.
- Soft plastics such as plastic bags, chip packets, and gladwrap can't be recycled through the kerbside collection because of the process at the sorting plant in Dunedin. The first part of the sorting process is done by machine and plastic bags and film are so light that the machinery recognises it as paper, meaning that the paper gets contaminated with plastic.
- Our contractor WasteCo takes recyclables to Dunedin for sorting. From there it is sent to places through New Zealand and overseas for processing and turning into new products. The waste from your rubbish bin is disposed of at Mt Cooee.
- By separating and recycling what we can, we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and therefore reduce the amount we pay in waste levies and emissions charges. Recycling also contributes to meeting our environmental responsibilities.
- The rules around what can and can't go in each bin are to protect the health and safety of staff and to ensure a cost-effective and efficient service is provided to ratepayers. The success of the service relies on everyone putting the right items in the right bins. Contamination is taken seriously, with a 'three strikes' system. Meaning that you get two warnings before your service is suspended for three months if it is found to be contaminated for the third time.
Kerbside Collection Calendar for 2021
Joining the wheelie bin service
Visit our Forms & Guides page for a Wheelie Bin Service application form. If you're on the collection route, you should have your new bins within a week. If you're not on the collection route, we may still be able to provide you with bins, as long as you are prepared to transport them to a collection point yourself. We will be in touch if this is the case.
Stopping the wheelie bin service
For public health reasons, residential properties in defined urban areas cannot opt out of the service. You have the choice not to use them, but you will still be charged for them through your rates. If you have voluntarily joined the service you can stop at anytime by calling 0800 801 350.
Swapping your bins
You cannot have extra bins or swap one for another. Only one set of bins is provided to each property. Extra waste can be disposed of at Mt Cooee or in one of Council's 10 waste transfer stations. Because the bins are rated for as a set, they come in pairs, one yellow and one green/red lidded bin.