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.
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 provides the service to.
From February 2024 the government will standardise the materials which councils can accept in their recycling collections. For information and updates see the Ministry for the Environment
Kerbside collection days
Having trouble remembering which bin to put out each week? Look out for our weekly reminders via Council's Antenno app.
|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. 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). Usually collection moves to the following day, or to the afternoon for 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.
Wheelie bin lid clips
If your bin gets blown over in high winds, visit a council office, library or i-SITE and pick up a free wheelie bin lid clip.
These clips are designed to keep the lid of your wheelie bin sealed and secure in adverse weather conditions. This helps prevent littering and pollution when bins are tipped over, keeping your garden and the environment clean and green.
1. Place the clip under the bin lid handle so the hook is facing down.
2. Bring the rounded end of the clip across the top of the bin lid handle and thread the hook through.
3. Pull the clip down so the hook catches the side of the bin.
For more help watch the installation video.
Kerbside collection calendar
What can and can't go in the 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|
|Milk and juice cartons|
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|
|Milk and juice cartons|
- 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.
For detailed information about kerbside rubbish and recycling collection in the Clutha District download the kerbside rubbish and recycling brochure
Kerbside collection reminders
Download the smartphone app Antenno, to remind you which bin to put out each week. These reminders are published at 6pm on a Sunday night.
In 2022 the week beginning 3 January was a YELLOW bin week.
Trial kerbside collection for Clydevale and Tuapeka Mouth
Council have approved to trial a kerbside collection service to residential properties in the Clydevale and Tuapeka Mouth area. This kerbside collection service will be provided on a trial basis until the end of Councils current kerbside contract in October 2023. If enough properties commit to joining the service and good feedback is received during this trial period, Council will look to make the collection permanent in the area. The service began in the area from Tuesday 25 January 2022.
What you need to know
- Each property that signs up to the service will be provided with two 240 litre wheelie bins, a yellow-lidded bin for recyclables and a red-lidded bin for general waste.
- Cost of the service will be added to the properties rates. Current waste collection rate for the year from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 is $158.10 per annum. However, properties will be only invoiced pro rata for the remainder of the year, after the application has been received and the bins delivered.
- Residential household or business properties are eligible to apply for a set of bins. Vacant sections and empty buildings are not.
- The trial service that has been operating behind the Clydevale Swimming Pool ended on 18 January.
- Collection day will be on a Tuesday. The service will alternate between collection of recyclables one week followed by general waste the next. Councils kerbside collection calendar can be found here.
- As this is a trial, the service will be optional to residents on the collection route as well as those who are willing to bring their bin to a collection point.
The route that the collection truck will travel is set out below.
Please refer to the kerbside rubbish and recycling brochure for a guideline of using this service, it outlines details such as what to put in your recycle bin and rubbish bin, frequently asked questions and where to place your bin.
If you are interested in this service, please complete the application form and return to Council.
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.