Reducing waste is everyone's responsibility. We’re considering changing our kerbside service to give you more choice for your bins. You could choose bin sizes to match your household needs, meaning you’ll only pay for what you use.

Have your say

We want to know what you think about us moving to a flexible bin system. Share your feedback with us today(external link).

Our kerbside service has three bins – rubbish, recycling and organics. Having recycling and organics bins reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.

It costs us more to dispose of rubbish than to process recycling or organics. While we recover some costs for recycling and organics, we still pay to process them – nothing is free.

This is why if you choose a smaller bin it will cost you less and a bigger bin will cost you more.

Under the proposal the standard set of bins - 80 litres organics (green), 140 litres rubbish (red) and 240 litres recycling (yellow) will cost approximately $279. If you choose to upsize bins from the standard sizing you will pay more and if you downsize you will pay less.

Here's what we're proposing:


Go small and save

If you choose to downsize your bins to 80 litres you’ll pay less. This cost will be deducted from your standard kerbside bin charge that you already pay in your rates.

You'll pay less because there’s less material we need to dispose of or process - reducing our costs.

If you choose to downsize to three small bins, or you already have them, you’ll save approximately $52 per year.

If you only downsize your red bin you’ll save around $35.

Why we're offering this

We need to minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and organics we produce. 

Collecting, processing, transporting and disposing materials generates greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. Having smaller bins means you’ll pay less because you’re generating less material.


Big green gets cheaper

It will cost you approximately an extra $86 per year to upsize to a large (240 litre) green bin, compared to $194 currently charged by our contractor.

This cost is on top of your standard kerbside bin charge that you already pay through your rates.

It costs us to process organics, so if you have a bigger bin it will cost you more because there is more material to process.  

Why we're offering this

Offering a larger organics bin helps prevent excess green waste going into the red bin.

The more organics that go into the green bin, the more we can compost, preventing it going to landfill – saving money and the environment.


Big red is planned

You’ve told us you wanted the option of a big red bin – we’ve heard you and we’re now looking at offering the option to upsize to a large (240 litre) red rubbish bin.

This will cost you approximately an extra $107 per year. This cost is on top of your standard kerbside bin charge that you already pay through your rates.

It costs us more to dispose of rubbish, so if you have a bigger bin it’ll cost you more because there is more material to take to landfill.

Why we're offering this

Offering a larger red bin option provides more rubbish capacity for large households. It also helps reduce recycling contamination by providing more space for rubbish so it doesn’t get put into the yellow bin.

Having clean, good quality recycling is essential so we can process more, preventing recycling from going to landfill – saving money and the environment. 

Other local councils – Selwyn and Waimakariri – also offer a large red bin so we want to offer the same service to our residents.

Example of charges

  All small bins Standard bin set Upsizing to large green Upsizing to a large red Upsizing to all large bins
Proposed charges for all 3 bins $227 $279.24 $365.24 $386.24 $472.24
Cost of change Save $52.24 Not applicable Pay an extra $86.00 (currently extra $196).  Pay an extra $107 Pay an extra $193

Clearer rates

This proposal would change the way your rates will be presented, making it clearer for you to see what you pay for your kerbside service. It’s important to know that you already pay for your kerbside bins in your rates now.

Currently, your charges are split into two different rating types so it’s not clear how much you pay for your kerbside service.

To make the costs clearer, we’re proposing that the existing, targeted rate covers all kerbside collection and processing costs. This includes the cost of collecting bins, transporting materials, processing recycling and organics, and disposing of rubbish. Only those using the kerbside system will pay for it.

Under the proposed system everyone, no matter whether they use the kerbside system or not will still pay for the cost of other waste management activities. This covers things like:

  • Costs of operating public transfer stations and EcoDrop recycling centres.
  • Waste education programmes.
  • Landfill aftercare, including monitoring closed landfills.

Work is underway to update the Waste Management Bylaw 2009 and the Cleanfill and Licensed Waste Handling Operations Bylaw 2015. You will have the chance to share your feedback on the proposed updates in early 2022. 

We’re asking for early public feedback now to get the views of the community and whether our residents support this proposal. Feedback on the proposal will close on Sunday 12 December. 

After this staff will analyse the feedback received and make any required refinements.

More information on the proposal will be communicated when we prepare the 2022/23 Annual Plan next year.