The red rubbish bin is collected every two weeks.

What can go in your red bin

Red lid Rubbish bin

The red bin is for all items which are not accepted in the organics and recycling bins, except hazardous items. 

Reducing your red bin waste
There are several Christchurch-based services that may reuse or recycle unwanted work tools, kitchen appliances and cookware, electrical goods and steel items that can only go in the red bin. Instead of putting these in the red bin, try reusing or recycling through a free or commercial service. 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Drop items to the Recycling Centre at the EcoDrop free of charge     
  • Donate to charities and community groups
  • Sell to a commercial recycler or pre-loved goods store

Read our Helpful guide to alternative waste recycling services [PDF, 810 KB] which includes some of the available services.


What can't go in your rubbish bin

  • Explosives and flammable material including gas bottles
  • Liquid chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Dry chemicals
  • Automotive products e.g. car, boat or truck batteries
  • Paints and solvents
  • Dead animals/pets
  • Hot material e.g. ashes
  • Medical sharps or sharp objects capable of puncturing the bin.

Many of these household items can be taken to the EcoDrop or a transfer station for disposal. You can drop off some household chemicals for free.


Use the Wheelie Bins App to find out what goes in each bin.