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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.

Kerbside CollectionIn 2019 over 93,000 tonnes of waste was dumped into the Omarunui Landfill, a 25 per cent increase over the previous four years. We estimate this will reach close to 100,000 tonnes in 2020.

Our ever-growing appetite for new consumer goods, the packaging those things come in, and the way we dispose of the items we are replacing, means we are constantly increasing our waste, which means we will quickly run out of space at Omarunui Landfill.

We need to change the way we purchase and dispose of things, to help the landfill last longer. That will reduce our environmental impact on the planet, and we will be able to put off spending the millions of dollars it will cost to develop a new dumping area.

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

Reduce Reuse RecycleWe 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

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.

Your 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.

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

The rubbish wheelie bin has an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) tag, which gives us data on how often the bin is collected. We intend to offer a small rebate to those who place their bin out for emptying less often.

The details of the rebate are being worked on in the 2020/2021 year, with the rebate intended to apply from the 2021/2022 year. The refund will be applied to the following year’s rate account.

The rebate is likely to be around half the cost of the landfill disposal fee, as the fixed costs, including trucks, routes, staff and equipment, will not change.

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

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.

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