The organic collection is only available in the larger townships. Contact the Council's Helpline to find out if this service is available at your address.
List of townships where an organic collection is currently available:
Your organics kerbside collection day is normally the same day as your refuse and recycling collection days. Please note that for West Melton organics are collected on a Thursday and not a Wednesday.
There is a weight restriction of 60kg on the bin. If your bin is too heavy it may be tagged by the contractor with a note informing you why it was not emptied.
- Find out about organic collection fees and charges
- What can/cannot go in your organics bin? [PDF, 774 KB]
- Download our Guide to Selwyn's Kerbside Collection Service [PDF, 3423 KB]
- Normal collection days and routes
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Biodegradable and Compostable Products
Biodegradable, degradable and compostable are often used interchangeably, but they're not the same thing.
Biodegradable and degradable plastic will eventually break down however there are no requirements to define the length of time this should take. Technically, all plastic will biodegrade to a certain extent under suitable conditions, but this could take hundreds (or even thousands) of years, and the microscopic particles remain in the environment.
If a product is certified as compostable it will break down quickly and under specific conditions into carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass providing nutrients to the soil.
There is currently no standardised labelling or regulatory framework in New Zealand for products like these. Therefore at this stage no biodegradable, degradable or compostable packaging (including takeaway coffee cups and plastic bags) are accepted in the Council organics bins regardless of how the product is marketed. The only bags accepted in the green organics bin are paper bags.
Industry, local and central government are working on issues related to the marketing, labelling, certification and processing of compostable packaging. We are involved in and keeping abreast of developments in this area.