Meet
the bins

If you live in the Western Bay of Plenty District and are eligible to receive the new Council contracted kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service, then you will be part of the new Kerbside Collective. Welcome to the team!

Rubbish bin – 140 litres

Your red rubbish bins are for rubbish that goes straight to landfill and should be the last resort for any household material that can’t go in the food scraps, recycling or glass recycling bins.

Please reduce what we send to landfill by recycling and composting as much as possible, so that as little as possible has to go in your landfill bin.

This bin will only be collected if it has a pre-paid pay as you throw tag attached. This is a weekly service and pre-paid pay as you throw tags can be purchased from Council’s library and service centres, supermarkets and some local stores across the District closer to 1 July.

Recycling bin – 240 litres

You can use your yellow recycling bins for mixed recycling (except glass). All recycling needs to be rinsed first before putting into this bin. Please empty any liquids, scrape off grease and any leftover food – this is to avoid contamination of the recyclable items.

This includes clean paper, flattened cardboard, plastics 1 & 2 (e.g. milk and soft drink bottles) – as well as food and drink cans (tin, aluminium and steel). Plastics 3-7 will not be accepted.

All lids need to be taken off and put in the red rubbish bin. Please don’t put your recycling in bin liners or plastic bags. Unclean items or bottles containing liquids will be treated as waste and sent to landfill.

By recycling you help save energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water and the use of new resources.

Glass recycling crate – 45 litres

Glass bottles and jars need to go in the blue glass crate, not your yellow recycling bin. Please place all other recycling (plastics, tins, cans, paper and cardboard) in the yellow recycling bin instead.

Remember all recycling needs to be rinsed and lids removed first before putting into this bin.

No broken glass, light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, cookware or drinking glass will be accepted.

Food waste lockable bin – 23 litres

You can put your food scraps and kitchen scraps straight into the green food scraps bin. You can also line your food scraps bin with brown paper or newspaper to help keep the bin clean and odour free.

Food scraps, raw or cooked, including fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, bones and fish, eggshells and coffee grinds can go in this bin.

This bin will only be available to households in the urban area of the kerbside rubbish and recycling service.

Food waste collection has multiple environmental benefits – reduces need for new landfills, reduces emissions from anaerobic decomposition and reduces precious nutrients “lost” into landfill.

Still unsure? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

What service will my household get?

Urban

Rubbish bin: 140 litres (can be collected weekly with a pay-as-you-throw tag)
Mixed recycling bin: 240 litres (fortnightly collection alternating with glass recycling)
Glass recycling crate: 45 litres (fortnightly collection alternating with mixed recycling)
Food scraps lockable bin: 23 litres (weekly collection)

Rural

Rubbish bin: 140 litres (can be collected weekly with a pay-as-you-throw tag)
Mixed recycling bin: 240 litres (fortnightly collection alternating with glass recycling)
Glass recycling crate: 45 litres (fortnightly collection alternating with mixed recycling)

If you are ineligible for the new Council contracted kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service you will not have an additional annual targeted rate added to your rates invoice.

Rubbish and recycling will remain your responsibility. For these households, please use Council’s community recycling and greenwaste centres.

If you have a current private waste operator that provides a door-to-door onsite collection you may continue this contract or, if not, please contact a private licenced operator.

Find out which service your property will be receiving with our handy address finder. Or if you have more questions check out our FAQ page.

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