Rubbish, recycling and organics

By putting the right items in the right bin, you’re helping our city to reduce waste and save money.

From 1 February 2024, there are a few changes for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula residents to keep in mind when sorting their recycling, organics and rubbish.

New national standards to kerbside bin collections are in place, which means most Kiwis can now sort their recycling, organics and rubbish in the same way.

To help you prepare, we’ve updated our webpages with the new guidelines.

To find out more, visit our Kerbside changes webpage. 

Get collection information and tips with our mobile app

Organics – green bin

Help us to make our organic compost. We take food and garden waste. Collected weekly.

Recycling – yellow bin

Helps us to recycle. Paper, cans, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles and containers. Collected every two weeks.

Rubbish – red bin

By putting the right stuff in the red bin, you’re keeping the other bins free of contaminants. Collected every two weeks.

Find my collection day

Collection day details for kerbside collection service, inner-city bag collections and community collection points.

My bins

Information on your wheelie bins, including reporting lost, stolen or missing bins and changing bin sizes.

Christchurch bins app

Download this free app and keep up to date with your rubbish and recycling information.

EcoDrop transfer stations and recycling centres

Locations for disposing of large quantities of waste or items that are not collected through the wheelie bin service.

Organics Processing Plant

Our composting facility in Bromley, operated by Living Earth, receives all the food and green waste from green bins.

Do more to help

Information, educational resources and downloads.

How we're going

Fact, stats and grants on rubbish and recycling in Christchurch.

Hazardous waste

Learn about the safe disposal of hazardous items, including gas bottles, car batteries, fire extinguishers and more.

Bin item lookup

Find out what goes in each bin, or what can be dropped off for free at the EcoDrop recycling centre.

Kerbside changes

From 1 February 2024, new national standards to kerbside bin collections are in place. Find out more.

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