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Kerbside Rubbish Collection

When there is no other option there is the landfill. Council’s kerbside rubbish collection sends everything in the wheelie bins to landfill. The challenge? Keep as much out of your wheelie bin as possible.

Wheelie Bin 2Using your wheelie bin

Your wheelie bin should be your last choice when disposing of your rubbish.

We all need to stop and think before we put something in our bin: Could I have reduced, reused or repaired this? By making small changes in the way we buy and look after things, we can reduce our rubbish and help do our bit for the planet. All our small changes will make a big difference.

Every household in the kerbside collection area has been provided with a 120L wheelie bin for their rubbish.

You can mark your bin to help identify it.  Some ideas are:

  • Tie a bright ribbon on the handle
  • Wrap coloured tape around the handle
  • Paint your house number on the side

Placing your rubbish wheelie bin kerbside

You can check your collection day here.

7am clockYour rubbish wheelie bin must be at the kerbside by 7am on your collection day.

  • Your wheelie bin must be placed at the kerb with the arrows on the lid pointing towards the road.
  • The wheelie bin must not be overfilled and the lid must be closed.
  • It should not weigh more than 20kg (normal household rubbish will not exceed this).
  • There should be half-a-metre space between wheelie bins to allow the mechanical arm to grab and lift each bin.

Wheelie bins need to be placed as close to the kerb as possible. Wheelie bins must not be in the middle of the footpath.

Wheelie Bin placementIf you live on a private road, your bin must be placed at the kerbside of the nearest public road.

If you have limited kerb space please contact us for advice on where to place your bin.

Rubbish TruckYour wheelie bin is for household waste only.

This includes items like broken glass, nappies, soft plastics (e.g. cling wrap, bread bags and salad bags) and hard plastics (e.g. flower pots, toys).

Make your wheelie bin the last choice for your waste. If you are unsure what to do with an item search for it on our ‘Know before you throw’ guide here. It’s a great way to find out how to reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of things you don’t want or need any more.

You can put food scraps in your rubbish wheelie bin but we encourage you first to look at alternative ways of managing this at home. You can find out more here.

We do not accept garden waste in the rubbish wheelie bins. Organic materials such as garden waste, lawn clippings and food scraps do not break down fully in landfill, which is why we are saying no to garden waste in the rubbish wheelie bins.

Other items that must not go in your bin include:

  • Liquids
  • Hazardous (dangerous) items, including paint, chemicals and batteries
  • Soil
  • Gravel
  • Tiles
  • Bulky/heavy items such as concrete
  • Construction waste i.e. timber
  • Engine parts
  • Hot ashes

For information on how to dispose of these items search our Waste A-Z Guide here.

When unaccepted items are found in a wheelie bin, we will first provide education and information on what can and can't go into the bins, after which a three strikes policy will apply. Following the third strike, Council may suspend kerbside collection for the property/resident.

It is the resident’s responsibility to look after your bin. You can wash your bin out on your lawn if it gets smelly.

Please don't:

  • Tightly compact waste as this means the waste can get stuck and we can't get it out or it could split the bin.
  • Put hot ashes/cigarettes butts in the bin.

If you, your family or pets damage the bin beyond repair you will have to pay to replace it.

While a 120L wheelie bin may not be an ideal size for everyone, based on research it is the best size for the majority of residents.

The original recommendation in the WMMP was for 80L bins, however changes to the international recycling markets which meant less plastics could be collected for recycling, and the results of our five-day audit (SWAP survey), led to the decision to provide a 120L bin.

How do we audit rubbish bins?

Smaller Bins

Get in touch so that we can look at repairing it or replacing it. We’ll need you to give our team a call on 06 871 5000 and provide details on what has happened. Once we have these details we’ll be able to let you know what happens next.

If you wheelie bin or crate/s have gone missing we’ll give you the serial number/s that are printed on the side so you can make sure they don’t turn up the following week. Sometimes we have residents take the wrong wheelie bin or crates in by mistake.

Each situation is different - depending on what’s happened there may be a cost involved to replace your wheelie bin or crate/s. Crates are $16 each (GST included) and wheelie bins are $53 each (GST included).

Hastings District Council retains ownership of all Council-issued crates and bins. Each one has a serial number that is assigned to your address. Please remember to leave your crates when you move house.

Remission for low waste producers

Wheelie BinWe want to encourage waste reduction by rewarding those who send less rubbish to the landfill.

Every rubbish wheelie bin is tagged with an RFID tag allocated to your property, each time the bin is emptied by the truck this data is recorded.  This information is provided to Council on a regular basis and then reconciled against every property in June each year to confirm entitlement to the remission.

If your council rubbish wheelie bin was emptied 26 times or less over the last year (June 2021 – May 2022), Council has applied a remission of $8.12 (incl GST) per quarter on your rates account (equal to $32.50 for the year)

If your council rubbish wheelie bin was emptied 26 times or less over the last year (June 2021 – May 2022), Council has applied a remission of $8.12 (incl GST) per quarter on your rates account (equal to $32.50 for the year).

A partial reduction in rates, based on meeting certain criteria, is called a rates remission.

No, the remission amount is fixed to one rate and reflects the savings made from reduced disposal costs of rubbish not sent to landfill. The trucks are still obliged to drive all the designated collection streets every week to ensure those residents within the collection zones have access to sanitary rubbish disposal.

Every rubbish wheelie bin is tagged with an RFID tag allocated to your property, each time the bin is emptied by the truck this data is recorded.  This information is provided to Council on a regular basis and then reconciled against every property in June each year to confirm entitlement to the remission.  Contact Council if you would like to discuss this further.

Rates are charged quarterly and we have changed this remission deduction to match the quarterly instalment process. 

The remission forms part of the rates paid for by the property owner (or their representative). It will be at the discretion of the property owner how this remission will impact you.

The remission forms part of the rates paid for by the property owner (or their representative). Where possible Council encourage property owners to pass this remission saving onto tenants to reward waste minimisation behaviours.

Council’s waste minimisation team have put together a number of useful resources to help guide residents to reduce their waste. These can be found here.

Or, get in touch with the team directly to find out more via reducewaste@hdc.govt.nz  

No, the remission is only applied to the rubbish charge to reward waste minimisation and low waste producing households.  The recycling service will not be reduced to encourage correct behaviour.

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