Community & Environment

Ready, set, roll! Rubbish and recycling new service set to roll out

Your new rubbish and recycling bins are on their way!

Ready, set, roll! Hamilton’s new rubbish and recycling bins are now on their way, following an initial delay due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Hamilton’s new kerbside rubbish and recycling service will now start from 31 August 2020.

Starting this week, teams will be out and about delivering the new food scraps bins, yellow recycling wheelie bins and red rubbish wheelie bins to homes across the city.

Infrastructure Operations General Manager Eeva-Liisa Wright says it’s a big job delivering the new bins to almost 60,000 homes across Hamilton between now and mid-August 2020.

“With more than 180,000 individual bins to be delivered, we’ll be staggering the drop-off, suburb by suburb, one side of a street at a time, so don’t worry if your neighbours opposite you get their bins first,” says Ms Wright, who adds that private lanes and retirement homes will receive bins closer to 31 August.

“If others on your side of the street get a set of bins and you think you’ve been missed out – give it seven days before calling our friendly customer service team. All three bins should arrive at once, so if you’re missing any, check with your neighbour first, in case they’ve been put there by mistake.”

Residents receiving the new service will also find an information flyer tucked inside the green food scraps bin. A detailed guide booklet will also be sent out before the new service starts.

Cr Angela O’Leary, Chair of the Infrastructure Operations Committee, is excited for the new service to kick off and has visited one of the storage facilities holding thousands of bins waiting to be rolled out.

“Hamilton’s new rubbish and recycling service will help make it easier for residents to recycle greater quantities and help the Council reach its target of 25% reduction in waste to landfill per capita within three years.

“We appreciate people’s patience while we get the bins out. However, as they won’t be needed until the new service starts on 31 August 2020, please keep using your black rubbish bags and green recycling crates until then.”

Bin rollout updates will be available on Hamilton City Council’s social media pages and through Antenno, an app that can be downloaded free from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

More information on the new service is also available at fightthelandfill.co.nz

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