The organic collection is only available in the larger townships. Contact the Council to find out if this service is available at your address.

List of townships where an organic collection is currently available:

  • Darfield
  • Kirwee
  • Leeston
  • Lincoln
  • Prebbleton
  • Rolleston
  • Springston
  • Southbridge
  • West Melton

Image of Food and Garden Waste Wheelie BinYour 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.

To request a lime green-top organic wheelie bin contact the Council or use our Bin Request Form.

Where to place your bin How to use your bin
  • Put your organics bin on the footpath, grass verge or berm closest to where the collection vehicle passes. Please do not place bins on the road.
  • The bin should be clear of trees and other obstructions.
  • Place the bin facing the road. The arrows on the lid indicate correct placement.
  • Allow half a metre between adjacent bins and/or obstructions.
  • Make sure you don't overfill your bin - the lid must be closed for collection.
  • Extra items placed next to or on top of the bin will not be collected (except for official Council rubbish bags placed next to the bin).
  • To help keep your bin clean you can place a couple of sheet of old newspaper or a handful of dry grass clippings in the bottom of the bin.
  • Put your bins out at kerbside by 6.30am on collection day, and bring them back in the same day.

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.