Council unveils flexible kerbside wheelie bin plan for Christchurch

Under the proposal if you choose to downsize to three small wheelie bins (all 80 litre), or you...
Under the proposal if you choose to downsize to three small wheelie bins (all 80 litre), or you already have them, you’ll save about $50 per year on your rates bill. If you only downsize your red bin only you’ll save around $35. Photo: Newsline
Christchurch City Council is considering a flexible wheelie bin system that would allow people who downsize their bins and pay less.

Helen Beaumont. Photo: Supplied
Helen Beaumont. Photo: Supplied
Head of three waters and waste Helen Beaumont said residents want the option to only pay for what they put in their red, green and yellow wheelie bins.

"We want to respond to residents’ calls for more choice in the size of the bins that they have so we are proposing to introduce a flexible bin system where you only pay for what you use," Beaumont said.

"Currently each household gets a standard size of bins, which they pay for through their rates.

"Under the new system we are proposing, people will be able to choose the size of their red, green and yellow wheelie bin."

Opting for smaller bins could save a household up to $50 a year.

"If they choose to go small, they will pay less," Beaumont said.

"For example, if they choose to downsize all three wheelie bins to 80 litres, they’ll save about $50 a year. If they choose to only downsize their red bin, they’ll save about $35.

"It costs us more to dispose of rubbish than to process recycling or organics.

"While we recover some costs for recycling and organics we still pay to process them - nothing is free.

"This is why if you choose a smaller bin it will cost you less and a bigger bin will cost you more."

Under the proposal, people who opt for a bigger red bin - a 240 litre capacity bin - will be charged an extra $105 a year, on top of the standard kerbside bin charge.

“People have told us they want an option of a big red bin but it will cost more because there is more material to take to landfill," Beaumont says.

“Offering a larger red option will provide more rubbish capacity for large households.

"It may also help to reduce recycling contamination by providing more space for rubbish so it doesn’t get put into the yellow bin.

"Our neighbouring councils - Selwyn and Waimakariri - offer residents the option of a large red bin and we want to offer the same service to our residents."

The city council already offers residents the opportunity to get a large organics bin through its contractor at a cost of an extra $196 a year.

Under the proposed flexible bin system, the cost of upgrading to a large green bin would only be an extra $85 a year.

"Offering a large organics bin helps prevent excess green waste going into the red bin," Beaumont says.

"The more organics that goes into the green bin, the more we can compost, preventing it going to landfill - saving money and the environment."

As part of the proposal to move to a flexible bin system, the council is also looking at making some billing changes to make the costs of the kerbside collection clearer.

"You already pay for your kerbside bins in your rates now.

"Currently your charges are split into two different rating types so it’s not clear how much you pay for your kerbside service.

"To make the costs clearer, we are proposing that the existing targeted rate will cover all kerbside collection and processing costs," Beaumont says.

"We want to know what people think about the changes we are proposing.

"It’s a chance for us to engage early with our communities and get some initial feedback on what we’re proposing.

"More information on the proposal will be communicated when we prepare the 2022/23 Annual Plan next year."

Find out more or have your say on the flexible wheelie bin system here.







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