Roll up, roll up, the bins are coming

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Craig Goodwin, Ashburton council’s waste recovery manager, and Dan Redmond, of Envirowaste, are lost in a sea of bins.

In all, there are around 19,000 – and soon, they will be at your place.

The new wheelie bin collection service for the Ashburton District is about to get under way from 1 September, and residents should keep an eye out for their bins which are being delivered to properties from now.

The collection service includes a 240-litre yellow recycling bin, an 80-litre red rubbish bin, and a 45-litre green crate for glass bottles and jars. Residents who already have a green crate, which is now used for all recycling, are encouraged to keep their crate for the new service.

Properties that don’t already receive a green crate recycling service will be delivered a crate ready for 1 September.

The service will replace the bag and recycling crate system operating in Ashburton, Chertsey, Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield and Hinds, as well as the bag system in Rakaia.

It is also being introduced to some properties who haven’t previously received council kerbside collection services, including Lake Hood, Fairton and Winslow.

service for months, and now the launch date is in sight, said council waste recovery manager Craig Goodwin.

start seeing the bins being delivered around their neighbourhoods from today ( Tuesday) and we encourage them to get to know how the service will work. An information booklet will be delivered with the bins which will help with this, so it’s important people give it a read.

wheelie bin and crate service and what it will mean for the district’s recycling habits. We’ve been working towards our vision for ‘zero waste’ since 2011, and this service is part of that vision. We hope the larger recycling capacity that this service provides will help the community recycle more and reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

Although the bins are being delivered this month, they are not to be used until the new collection starts on 1 September.

Residents may see the new collection trucks driving around the district during the next few weeks, but they will only be training on routes for the start of the service.