Find the collection day and details for wheelie bins, inner-city bag collections and community collection points.

Find your property

Your next collection at:

Remember that your bins need to be put outside your property before 6am on collection day.

Download the Christchurch bins app to get reminders for when to take out the bins each week as well as a handy lookup tool to find out what goes in each bin.

Download from:

Apple App Store(external link)

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Collection will continue as normal on all public holidays except:

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Good Friday
  • Anzac Day
  • Christmas Day

On these days, bins for all properties will be collected the day after their normal collection day for the remainder of that week.

Banks Peninsula residents who do not live on a wheelie bin collection route can use the community collection points for household rubbish and recycling

The community collection points are either a wheelie bin, skip or a trailer. 

Using the collection points

  • Only for rubbish and/or recycling dropped off by a resident.
  • Waste should not exceed the amount that can be placed in the kerbside wheelie bins.
  • Please keep your recycling items loose, not in bags. 
  • Make sure you put the right waste in the right bin.
  • Take green waste, large items, large quantities and commercial waste to a transfer station for recycling or disposal. 
Description of the collection point Description of waste The quantity that can be dropped off each fortnight
Trailer, yellow bin or yellow skip Household recycling 240 litres (3 bags per week)
Red bin or red skip Household rubbish 140 litres (2 bags per week)


All locations have a recycling collection. All locations except Akaroa and Little River have a rubbish collection. 

Find the nearest collection point to you on our interactive map.

Full or contaminated bins

Phone the Council if you notice:

  • The skip, bin or trailer at the community collection point is too full
  • Anything in the skip, bin or trailer that should not be there
  • Witness illegal dumping.

 The Council offers a rubbish and a recycling collection service for residents and businesses in the inner city. 

Properties in the inner city do not pay for rubbish and recycling collection through their rates. Instead, they buy Council rubbish and recycling bags to use the collection service.

This is a specific area within the four avenues [PDF, 233 KB].


  • Rubbish bags are collected nightly
  • Recycling bags are collected weekly on Wednesday night
  • Put bags on the kerb on the collection day by 7.00pm, but no earlier than 5.00pm where possible
  • Avoid placing bags where they might obstruct pedestrians or vehicles.

Public Holidays

Collections occur daily apart from Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


Buy official Council bags from the Civic Offices at 53 Hereford Street. Only official Council rubbish and recycling bags can be used. There is no inner city organics collection.

  • Rubbish (red) bags are 50 litres and cost $13.40 for a pack of five.
  • Recycling (yellow) bags are 50 litres and cost $5.43 for a pack of five.

To use your bags

  • Don't overfill your bag and make sure it can be tied securely to prevent littering.
  • Make sure the bag does not weigh more than 15kg.
  • Only items that go in the Council's recycling wheelie bins can go in the recycling bags.
  • Loose items and those not in an official Council bag will not be collected.

What not to put in your bags

  • sharp objects or anything that might puncture the bag (broken glass should be placed in a pierce-proof container in your rubbish bag)
  • excessively large items
  • waste that might endanger any person, animal or vehicle during collection or disposal.

Rubbish collection for properties which do not pay Waste Minimisation charges on their rates, such as churches, schools and sports clubs may opt in to this service.

This service includes a standard collection service of three wheelie bins (rubbish, recycling and organics). This is an annual charge 1 July to 30 June every year.

Amount (inc. GST) Description
$312.90  from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 (12 months)
$237.67 from 1 October 2020 to 30 June 2021 (9 months)
$156.45 from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 (6 months)
$78.23 from 1 April 2021 - 30 June 2021 (3 months)

A refund will not be given if you choose to stop the service partway through the year. Once the service starts, you will be invoiced annually unless you tell Council that you no longer need this service.

Opt into the Kerbside Collection Service

Schools and Early Learning Centres can receive a kerbside recycling service free of charge. The maximum number of bins is one per three classrooms. Please note this is a recycling service only.

The bins must be kept in a secure place on the school grounds, and placed on the kerbside outside the school for collection by 6:00am on collection day. The bins will be collected fortnightly on their allocated collection day.  

When you apply you will be given an information pack about the service and learning resources to use in the classroom.

This programme is intended to encourage students to participate in recycling and to support the New Zealand Curriculum principles and values of sustainability, community engagement and participation. It is not intended to address all the recycling needs of the early learning centre or school. A commercial collection service may also be required.

Apply for the assisted kerbside recycling for schools programme

The application must be supported by 51% of property owners in the lane otherwise, all households will need to place rubbish and recycling bins on the kerbside of the nearest Council serviced road for collection.

Apply for private lane bin collection

This is for residential collection, it is not available for commercial properties.

If you need assistance with your rubbish, you may be eligible for the assisted rubbish collection service.

Request help with your wheelie bin collection

This service is for rubbish collection only.

The recycling and organics bins will be removed from the property until the Council is advised that the service is no longer required at which time the recycling and organics bin will be returned at no extra cost.

To apply, please fill in the application form along with a letter from your General Practitioner or other medical professional verifying that you are incapable of taking the wheelie bin to the kerbside.

You will also need to sign a declaration stating that there is no one who can assist you with your wheelie bins.

Alternatively contact the Council.