Rubbish, Recycling & Waste Minimisation FAQs



​​​​Clutha District Council is the lead provider of waste management services and infrastructure within the district. We provide a kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service to residential properties in most urban areas  and to some commercial premises and rural households along service routes. We operate the district's only sanitary landfill and ten waste transfer facilities. If you have any further enquires contact us on 0800 801 350 or

Urgent notice - waste services during the Covid-19 Shutdown.

​A​ll transfer stations and Mt Cooee landfill are closed to the public.​

We have been informed that recycling services will be discontinued during this time. So, if at all possible, please keep your clean empty plastic containers and cans until we can resume accepting recycling. Your cardboard and paper can go out in the rubbish.  In the meantime there will be a change to the rubbish service:

​There will be a pick up every week on the usual day for your red/green bin.

There will be a second red/green bin pick every other week when it would have been your yellow bin (in other words there is now a weekly red/green pickups).

Council has redeployed skips to locations that Council usually deploy to over summer to assist in waste management.   Skips have been deployed to Papatowai, Jacks Bay, Toko Mouth and Taieri Mouth. The location of each skip is where it is usually placed.​

For all other information about Mt Cooee​ check out our landfill and transfer stations webpage.

Kerbside Collection (wheelie bin) Days

Having trouble remembering which bin to put out each week? Download our Waste App at the bottom of this page or print our 2020 Kerbside Collection Calendar​ (PDF, 121KB)

​MondayTuesday​​Wednesday ​Thursday​Friday
​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.

The service is funded by rates on the properties that Council is prepared to provide the service to.  For the 2019/20 rating year, the cost for kerbside collection for each household is $133.50.​​

For all other wheelie bin info see our kerbside collection webpage.

Plans and Bylaws

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) 2012: This sets out how waste is to be managed and minimised within our district. The plan recognises that while the way we manage our waste has been moving in the right direction, there is still more we, as a district, can do. A Waste Assessment, produced as part of the WMMP planning process, outlines what we currently know about the waste created within the Clutha District. Under the Waste Management Act 2008 these must be reviewed every 6 years. See our Plans page for a copy of this plan.

Solid Waste Bylaw 2012: The Clutha District Sanitary Services Bylaw (Part 2: Solid Waste) regulates the use of Council’s solid waste services and facilities. Updated in 2012, the bylaw outlines user responsibilities and penalties for not meeting these responsibilities. The Solid Waste Services Information document is not part of the Bylaw, but has been prepared to give effect to the provisions of the Bylaw and provide further information.  Check out these documents on our Bylaws Page.

MyWaste App

Most of the information found in these pages can be accessed via our MyWaste Smartphone Application which can be downloaded by scanning the QR code or checking out the information below.

Page reviewed: 27 Mar 2020 4:31pm