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Last reviewed: Thu, 21 Nov 2013

Rubbish and recycling

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Wheelie Bins – update

Moving house? Please leave the wheelie bins at the property you are vacating

The Council allocates properties with a set of wheelie bins (rubbish, recycling and organics). These bins must remain at the allocated property to ensure access to kerbside collection. If you are moving house, please ensure the bins remain at the property you are vacating.

NOTE: Properties rated as land value only are not entitled to the kerbside collection service.

At your new house, please make sure there is a set of three bins on the property. Please also check that the bins belong to your property by checking the address label on the side of each bin. If you don’t have the correct number of bins at your new house, please attempt to contact the previous owner or landlord before contacting the Council. If there is no label or there is a wrong address on the label, please contact the Council on 941 8999. More info here.

Reporting missing or stolen kerbside wheelie bins

Residents who find that one or more of their kerbside wheelie bins have gone missing from the kerbside on their collection day, must report it to Council within 24 hours. This will ensure the bins are replaced without charge. If a missing or stolen wheelie bin is reported to Council outside of the 24 hour timeframe, a replacement charge will apply. This rule, authorised under the Waste Management Bylaw 2009, applies to all residents, business owners and landlords. The resident must advise Council / Landlord of any missing or stolen bins from the kerbside within 24 hours of the missing / stolen bins collection day to avoid replacement charges. More info

What to do with wheelie bins - if moving house

What to do with wheelie bins - if your house is being demolished

When wheelie bins are put outside the wrong property

What if I want to change the size of my bins?

How do I dispose of my camping or BBQ gas cylinders?

Your specific wheelie-bin collection questions may also be answered in our FAQs page. If you require more information please phone the Council on 941 8999 / 0800 800 169 .


Rubbish & recycling services

The Council provides a range of services to manage the safe disposal of commercial and household waste:

Kerbside Collection

On our Kerbside collection page you can find specific information about:

If you can't find the answer to your kerbside wheelie bin question in our FAQs section please call us on (03) 941 8666 .

Use of these services are covered by the Waste Management Bylaw 2009.

Assisted kerbside recycling for schools programme

Schools not rated for a kerbside collection service can join the Assisted Kerbside Recycling for Schools Programme. They can also learn about waste by booking into a Learning Through Action Programme.

EcoDrops and Transfer Stations

There are five sites across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula where a range of waste can be taken for reuse, recycling or disposal.

Other ways to minimise waste

Apart from the kerbside collection service there are many other things you can do at home, at school or at work to minimise waste.

Waste statistics

How are we doing? Check out our waste statistics to see how much waste has been diverted from landfill this year. This also gives access to tables and graphs tracking the amount of waste collected, disposed of and recycled in Christchurch.

Resources and forms

Downloadable PDFs covering a wide range of information about waste.

View the recycling and organics processing plants in action

Find out what happens to your waste after it's collected from your green kerbside wheelie bin on this 5 minute video

Find out what happens to your recycled materials from your yellow kerbside wheelie bin on this 5 minute video

Waste Management Plan

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2013

On 12 September 2013 the Council adopted its Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2013. The Plan is a statutory requirement of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, and will be reviewed no later than September 2019.

The following targets for 2020 are set in the Plan:

  • No more than 30 kilograms per person per year of recoverable green and kitchen waste is sent to landfill (currently 87 kilograms per person per year).
  • No more than 30 kilograms per person per year of recoverable paper and cardboard is sent to landfill (currently 38 kilograms per person per year).
  • No more than 80 kilograms per person per year of kerbside waste collected by the Council is sent to landfill (currently 110 kilograms per person per year).
  • No more than 320 kilograms per person per year of residual waste is sent to landfill overall (currently 524 kilograms per person per year).

The Plan includes a range of 24 actions to work towards achieving the Vision, Goals and Targets of the Plan, building on successes already achieved.

As a waste minimisation measure the Plan is web based only, with no paper copies printed.


Authorising Unit: City Water and Waste

Last reviewed: Thursday, 21 November 2013

Next review: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Keywords: rubbish