Here’s everything you need to know about the temporary changes to Christchurch’s rubbish, recycling and transfer stations. We will keep you updated throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

If you have concerns due to the Covid-19 lockdown, please contact us on 03 941 8999 and we can discuss your situation.

Recycling under alert level two

What changes will there be to kerbside recycling under level two?

Under alert level two our kerbside collection service will be running as normal. Please help us recycle by putting only correct, clean items into the yellow bin. (external link)

How do we know how well we are going with our recycling?

We have an online tracker(external link) that shows the number of trucks going to landfill vs the number being recycled. This allows you to stay updated on a daily basis as to how we’re doing. 

Will all items be recycled?

During the global pandemic response we may not be able to access all our overseas markets where we sell our products. This means that some of the recycling, particularly paper, may need to go to landfill temporarily until the overseas markets become available again.

Yellow recycling bin

What items will you accept in the yellow bin for recycling?

The following items will be accepted in the yellow bin. Please ensure items are clean, loose and with lids removed (and put in the red bin).

  • Clean Cardboard
  • Aluminium cans
  • Clear and coloured glass bottles and jars (lids in bin the red bin)
  • Metal tins
  • Aerosol cans
  • Clean Paper
  • Clean rigid bottles and containers with recycling symbols 1, 2 and 5 only e.g soft drink bottles, milk bottles and two litre ice cream containers (lids in red bin)

Why can’t we recycle all plastics?

From January 2021 we won’t be able to export our mixed plastics to international markets. This is due to changes in the Basel Convention(external link) around international movements of waste. As a result, we are looking into markets within New Zealand where we can sell our products too. Because of this change, we only want to collect three types of plastics. These are the three types of plastic we can recycle:

  • Clear rigid plastics with recycling symbol 1 e.g soft drink bottles 
  • Frosty plastic bottles with recycling symbol 2 e.g milk bottles 
  • Coloured plastic containers with recycling symbol 5 e.g yoghurt containers, ice cream containers 

All other plastic, and material smaller than the palm of your hand, should go into the red bin.

Are you going to review the size of the red bins given we have to put some plastics into the red bin now?

There are no plans to increase the size of the red bin.  

Plastic bottles and containers make up 5 per cent of the total accepted recyclable items we receive in the yellow bins. Approximately half of this falls in the 1, 2 and 5 categories. This means the amount of plastic that needs to into the red bin instead of the yellow bin is very small.

Where possible, we also encourage people to think about plastics that can be recycled when making purchases.  

Do I need to change the day that my yellow bin goes out?

No. Continue to put your yellow recycling bin out as normal. 

Can I continue to put rubbish into the recycling bin?

No. Please put correct, clean recyclable items only into your yellow bin. Find out what items can go into your yellow bin. (external link)

Green organics bin

Do I need to change the day that my green bin goes out?

No. Continue to put your green organics bin out as usual.

Our organics processing plant is operational, so all food scraps and garden waste should continue to go into the green bin during all COVID-19 alert levels.

Red rubbish bin

Do I need to change the day that my red bin goes out?

No. Continue to put your red rubbish bin out as usual.

Can I put rubbish into the recycling bin?

No. Please put correct, clean recyclable items only into your yellow bin. Find out what recycling can go into your yellow bin. (external link)

Collection days

Do I need to change the days that my bins go out?

No. Continue to put your bins out for collection on their normal days. 

Delivering new bins

Are we delivering bins to new properties during the lockdown?

Yes, bins are still being delivered to new properties during all COVID-19 alert levels.

Transfer stations under alert level two

Will I need to make a booking to drop off my rubbish, greenwaste or recycling at the dump under alert level two?

No. From Thursday 14 May, under alert level two, you won’t need to make a booking when visiting the EcoDrop transfer stations at Parkhouse Road, Bromley and Styx Mill. You will be able to drop off rubbish, greenwaste, hazardous items and select recycling any time during operating hours (7am-4.30pm).

When visiting any of the transfer stations, please follow the Government’s guidance around physical distancing.

Will I need to use contactless payment methods or can I pay for disposal fees using cash?

Yes. Under alert level two you will be able to pay for disposal fees using any standard payments – EFTPOS, credit card or cash. You are not restricted to contactless card payments.

Will the EcoShop be reopening under alert level two?

Yes. The EcoShop on Blenheim Road will reopen under its normal operating hours (9am-5pm) from Thursday 14 May under alert level two. When visiting the Ecoshop please follow the Government’s guidance around physical distancing.

Will I be able to drop off large and bulky household items at the recycling centres now along with household reusable items?

Yes. Under alert level two EcoCentral staff will be able to help assist you unloading any heavy or bulky items. We are also able to accept reusable household appliances. Other items that you are able to recycle at the EcoDrop include:

  • Gas bottles
  • Car batteries
  • Garden and paint products
  • Plastic and glass bottles
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Cardboard and paper

What hours will the dump be open?

Parkhouse Road, Styx Mill and Bromley transfer stations will be open seven days from 7am to 4.30pm.

Will normal disposal rates apply or will it be discounted?

Normal disposal rates for refuse and greenwaste will apply. There is no charge for recycling.

I use the community collection points in Banks Peninsula. Are these open under alert level two?

Drop-off services in Banks Peninsula e.g Birdlings Flat and the community collection points are open as per normal. Please follow the Government’s guidance around physical distancing when visiting the site. 

Is Barry's Bay transfer station open under alert level two?

Barry’s Bay transfer station is open and operating under winter hours (12-4pm Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday). Recycling must be clean. Please follow the Government's guidance around physical distancing when visiting the site.