Community & Environment

How to put the bins out for collection?

From Monday 31 August, Hamilton’s new rubbish and recycling service kicks off. Here’s what you need to know about putting your bins out to make sure they’re collected each week.

Which bins do I put out each week?

You’ll never have to put all your bins out at once. The bins are collected on your fortnightly red week/yellow week rotation.

  • Red week: Red rubbish wheelie bin and food scraps bin.
  • Yellow week: Yellow mixed recycling wheelie bin, glass crate and food scraps bin.

You’ll find your collection day calendar on the back of the how-to guide, which you should have received in your letterbox.

The team will only collect Hamilton City Council approved bins.

When should I put the bins out?

Pop your bins out on the kerb by 7am on your collection day.

Once they’ve been emptied we’d encourage you to put the bins back inside your property as soon as you can. That way we can continue to keep our streets clean and clear.

Where should I put the bins if there’s not enough space out the front of my property?

If you live in a flat or apartment building, have a shared driveway or live in a cul-de-sac, you may not be able to fit your bins directly outside your property. If the kerbside is shared with others, work with your neighbours to find a suitable location to place your bins for collection.

If you have a long driveway you may want to keep the bins near the end of the driveway, just make sure they’re stored inside your property when it’s not your collection day.

Click here for more ideas on how to present the bins.

How should my bins be put out on collection day?

Leave enough space around the wheelie bin (approximately 0.5m) so the truck can lift it safely without knocking over other bins or hitting trees, fences and poles.

Place bins as close to the kerb as possible with the Fight the Landfill logo facing the road. Arrows and directions on the top of each bin lid will help guide you.

Glass recycling crates and/or food scraps bins can be placed behind or beside the wheelie bin. Please don’t place them in front of the wheelie bin.

We’ll only collect one glass recycling crate from each household.

When placing the bins on the kerbside, please take care not to block driveways or paths so people can get past safely.

Make sure the bin lids are closed. The trucks won’t be able to collect the bins if they are too full and the lids can’t close. This is to make sure no rubbish or recycling falls out of the bins and helps keep our streets clean.

What happens if the bins aren’t collected?

Our truck drivers will be checking to see if the bins are presented correctly. If your bins haven’t been put out correctly they’ll leave a sticker to let you know why.

To help you get the hang of it, we’ll have staff checking to see if bins are presented correctly for the first few weeks. The team will be out and about placing bins correctly before the truck arrives. If your bin was presented incorrectly, they’ll leave a flyer in your letterbox letting you know what was wrong and how to do it right next time.

Check out fightthelandfill.co.nz for more information.

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