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Moving out of your student flat?

oving out of your student flat

It’s that time of year you’ve been busy cramming for exams and now you’re getting ready to pack up your flat and head home.  We want to help make the move easy so we’ve put together everything you need to know about what to do with your extra rubbish and unwanted items.

During the next few months Council staff will be monitoring streets closely, so its important that you don’t leave anything behind on the kerbside as you’ll risk a $400 illegal dumping fine.

Got stuff to get rid of?

If you have items which are in good condition you can give these away, donate to a local charity store, or make a bit of money by selling it online.  If that’s not possible, you can get rid of these at either at the Lincoln Street Transfer Centre or organise a skip and collection service.

One of the easiest ways to get rid of your unwanted items is to drop them off at your local charity store. However you need to ensure these are in good working condition, and ask yourself whether you would buy it in a shop before you donate it. It’s also important to check with the charity beforehand about what items they accept as this can vary.

If you have extra recycling this can be dropped off at the Lincoln Street Transfer Centre for free, and rubbish bags can be dropped off for $4.80 a bag.

Remember you can only put out two rubbish bags, and up to two crates of recycling each week. If you leave out more than this it won’t be collected, and will be considered illegal dumping.

Can’t get to the tip?

If you’ve got a lot of rubbish to get rid of and don’t have a trailer or car, there are some options available.

Skip and collections

There are a number of businesses which offer skip and collection services so you can get your rubbish collected from your flat.

Our rubbish and recycling contractor Waste Management is currently offering a 20% discount on FlexiBin collections for students until 15 February.

A FlexiBin is a heavy duty rubbish bag that can be used as an alternative to steel skip bins. Once you have purchased the FlexiBin, all you need to is fill it up and it will then get picked up from your flat.

A 2mᵌ Flexibin bag and collection will cost you $124 with the discount – in a four person flat that’s only around $30 each. This is much less than the cost of a $400 fine.

How to claim your FlexiBin discount

1). Purchase your FlexiBin online or from a Hamilton retailer – see a list or retailers here.

2). Book your collection by phoning 0800 874 353 and mention the Waikato University student discount. You will need to provide your student ID number, and show your Student ID when your bag is collected. Only one student ID can be used per bag.

Book in a charity collection

If you have in furniture items in good condition (e.g couches or beds) some charities will even come and collect these for you. You will need to contact them directly to organise a pick up.

Speak to your landlord

If you need assistance removing rubbish, speak to your landlord or property manager and see if they are able to assist in any way. Remember if you leave anything behind you could not only risk a $400 fine, but losing your flat bond.

Don’t leave it to the last minute

Go through your things and start sorting them into what you are going to pack, chuck, giveaway and donate to charity. Start selling or donating your unwanted items a couple of weeks before your moving date, to avoid having to do it all last minute.

Speak with your flatmates now about what you’re going to do with your extra rubbish and unwanted items, and ensure you have a plan so you’re not stuck on moving day.

Remember if you leave it behind you will be fined

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