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Frequently Asked Questions - Rubbish and Recycling

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Council's solid waste service.

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The kerbside refuse service is funded partially through a rates payment charged to all addresses that have access to the collection service and partially on a user pays basis. The annual rate for refuse is $30.18 and the cost of user pays refuse bags is $1.90 for 35 litres and $2.30 for 60 litres.

Sorry no, this is a targeted rate applicable to all residents inside the kerb collection areas.

This will form part of the rates paid for by your landlord. It will be at the discretion of the landlord how these charges will impact you.

Currently each property is rated for one black or blue crate for comingle and one red crate for glass. The crates are allocated to the property and must remain with the property if you move house.

The kerbside recycling service is funded through a rates payment charged to all addresses that have access to the collection service. The annual rate for recycling is $99.84.

Recycling

Using crates to separate items ensures we have the cleanest recycling possible – if the recycling has been cleaned before being placed in the crates, the high quality of the material collected will guarantee it will be recycled.

Only Council crates are permitted to be used for kerbside recycling because they conform to Health and Safety requirements.

Your recycling should not be above the edge of the crate. The reason for this is because a full crate is the maximum an operator can lift safely. Also, if your crate is overfull, recycling can fall out and cause a trip hazard or become wind-blown litter.

Take it to a recycling Drop-Off Centre, where you can post your recycling free of charge.

Fold it flat and place it under your comingle crate.

Yes, your recycling should be very clean or it will be rejected.

Yes, we encourage you to at least put your house number on your crates.

The crates belong to Council and are allocated to the property. Please leave them behind for the next occupant.

It is up to you, but we recommend that you do to prevent them smelling.

No, the red crate is for glass only and the black/blue crate is for comingle. Any mixed crates will be rejected.

Unfortunately currently only plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5 can be recycled in New Zealand. This is largely due to the international market demand. Central Hawke’s Bay District Council no longer collect plastics numbered 3, 4, 6 and 7. For simple swaps you can make to avoid using unrecyclable plastic, click here.

Not at the moment. Council is currently conducting a review of its solid waste services and the method for kerbside collection is one of the areas being reviewed.

Your glass recycling, and your comingle recycling is picked up by two different trucks as it is delivered to two different places. Glass is sent to a New Zealand based bottle and jar manufacturer, where it is crushed, melted down and remoulded. Glass is 100% infinitely recyclable! Plastic, tin, paper and cardboard is sent to a Materials Recycling Facility where it is separated and sorted before being baled to be shipped off for reprocessing.

Your glass recycling, and your comingle recycling is picked up by two different trucks as it is delivered to two different places. Glass is sent to a New Zealand based bottle and jar manufacturer, where it is crushed, melted down and remoulded. Glass is 100% infinitely recyclable!

Your comingle (plastic, tin, paper and cardboard) is sent to a Materials Recycling Facility where it is separated and sorted before being baled to be shipped off for reprocessing.

Only plastic bottles and plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5 are acceptable for recycling. 

Every year Central Hawke’s Bay recycles 3,000 tonnes of waste.

Rubbish

If you live in a rubbish kerbside collection area, you can purchase Council rubbish bags from supermarkets and diaries and put them out on the kerb for collection. Alternatively, you can take your rubbish to a transfer station.

All the rubbish is taken to the landfill along Farm Road, Waipukurau.

There are two sizes, small 35 litre yellow bags for $1.90 and large 60 litre green bags for $2.30.

There is no limit to the number of rubbish bags you can put out for collection.

No green waste should go to the landfill as it breaks down and causes a harmful gas called methane

No, food waste should not go to the landfill as it breaks down and causes a harmful gas called methane.

The best way is to compost your household waste is to compost your rubbish. This is inexpensive and gives you the opportunity to use the compost in your garden.

If you live inside a rubbish bag collection area, you can use Council’s kerbside bag collection service even if you have a private wheelie.

Please report any dumped rubbish to Council by calling 06 857 8060.

Whitewear and Electrical Goods

Yes and the cost is dependent on a particular item with fridges and freezers, the most expensive, as they have to be degassed.

TVs are taken by recyclers who re-use parts and in some instances the items are repaired and resold.

Waste Free CHB

The best way is to compost your household waste is to compost your rubbish. This is inexpensive and gives you the opportunity to use the compost in your garden.

From time to time council runs free composting workshops where public is urged to attend and learn about the art of composting.

In July 2019, during the development of our current Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, we asked you how you would like to see Central Hawke’s Bay’s waste be managed and minimised across the district.

You told us that together we need to reduce what is going into our landfill, increase re-use and recycling, raise awareness and education and ensure that our services are practical and affordable.

While Council has a leading role in many aspects of how we manage and minimise waste in the district, we need the support and skills of our communities to deliver on our joint plan and vision of a Waste Free CHB.

And as a community, we have identified that we want to:

  • Be committed to minimising waste sent to landfill.
  • Consider, and where appropriate implement, new initiatives and innovative ways to assist in reducing, reusing and recycling wastes.
  • Minimise environmental harm and protect public health.
  • Work in partnership with others.

Behind the scenes, Council have been working to set targets and goals, to directly tackle these issues.

As a community, we’ve set targets to:

  • Increase diversion from landfill to 70% by 2040
  • Increase diversion from landfill to 48% by 2025
  • Increase participation in kerbside recycling services to 60% by 2025

This is a group of volunteer residents from the district, usually but not always, involved in waste minimisation schemes, who Council refers to for advice and ideas on waste minimisation matters.

Please contact Council and speak to the Solid Waste Team if you're interested in joining the Waste Free CHB Community Reference Group. You can contact the team on 06 857 8060 or by email on wastefreechb@chbdc.govt.nz.

That's great! Please email your ideas to wastefreechb@chdcb.govt.nz

Council’s Solid Waste Team regularly organise events to help us reduce our waste. Click here to see upcoming events.

Every year we produce 9,700 tonnes of waste. 6,700 tonnes of that ends up in landfill.

Every year Central Hawke’s Bay recycles 3,000 tonnes of waste.

If we all make a few small changes, a further 38% of our waste could be diverted from landfill by recycling, reusing or composting.

Head to the Waste Free CHB homepage to sign up to Central Hawke’s Bay District Council’s environmental e-newsletter.

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