Only those properties that are rated for kerbside collection are
eligible for kerbside collection services, i.e. refuse bag collection
Collection rates for the 2015/2016 year are set at $76.00 (including GST) per annum.
The Council no longer delivers refuse bags, nor does it charge for the
bags in the rates.
Refuse Bag Collection
Only 'official' Waimakariri District Council refuse bags will be
collected. 'Official' Council refuse bags can be purchased from any of
the Council service centres and most local supermarkets in the district. Council retail price is $2.80 per bag for single bag, $14.00 for a
5-pack and $28.00 for a 10-pack. A 25-pack is $67.50. These prices are
effective from 1 July 2015. Find out the breakdown of refuse bag costs.
Please have your refuse bags on the ground at the kerbside by 7 am on your kerbside collection day.
Please do not overload your refuse bags as there is a 15 kg weight limit per bag.
Recycling wheelie bins have been allocated to each property that is
rated for the kerbside collection service. The Council's kerbside collection contractor owns all of the bins - each bin is branded with a serial number and is allocated to a specific address. Each wheelie bin also has an address label stuck to it to make identifying the bin easier, and so you know that the bin belongs at your home.
A bin allocated to a property has to stay at that property. Please leave the bin behind when you are moving out.
If you are moving to another house that is inside our collection area, there should be a bin at that property unless the house has only just been built. A standard wheelie bin is 240 litres, but 140 litre and 80 litre bins are also available.
Please check whether there is a bin, and what sized bin it is, at your new place before you buy it or move in. There is a cost to replace a missing bin or to change a bin - if this is not done before you move in, then you will be liable for that cost.
Please have your recycling bins at the kerbside by 7 am on your collection day. Your collection day and week is printed on the bin address label.
Please do not overload or overfill your recycling bins as there is a 70 kg weight limit, and the bin will only be collected if the lid is fully closed.
Moving to a Newly Built House
You are entitled to a recycling bin if your property is in the collection
contract areas. Please phone or call into any of the Council service
centres to tell us that you would like a bin delivered.
If you are moving out of your earthquake-damaged property for repairs, please ensure your wheelie bin is stored securely so that it cannot be misused during your absence.
If you are leaving your earthquake-damaged property for demolition
and rebuild, you need to ensure your wheelie bin is stored securely.
Please contact the Council and advise
the date that you will be leaving your property prior to demolition, to
let us know when it is convenient for the wheelie bin to be removed. The
bins will be picked up by the Council's kerbside collection contractor
and returned once the dwelling or business has been rebuilt. There is no
cost for this service.
Breakdown of Refuse Bag Charges
Our bag charge isn't just for the manufacturing and supply costs of
the bag itself - it also includes Council's refuse collection and
disposal costs. This picture shows how the costs are broken down:
Incorporating these costs with the bag charge makes the bags
completely user pays, which we hope encourages waste diversion. All of the refuse collection contract and refuse disposal costs, plus the Council costs associated with administration of refuse bag supply/sales and the refuse collection contract, are now recovered through bag sales. The $76.00 annual rate for kerbside collection
pays for the Council’s wheelie bin recycling collection service and
the operational, administration, advertising and promotion costs associated with the
recycling collection contract.
If we didn't include the collection and disposal costs in the bag charge, the rate would be increased to $220 per annum. This figure is based on waste audit data that shows households put out (on average) 1¼ bags a week. Every property would be charged the same amount in the rates regardless of how many bags they put out each week, or even if they used a private collector for their rubbish disposal and didn't use Council bags at all.