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Bin Collections

Council operates a kerbside collection service to township areas and limited rural areas in the Mackenzie District.

Bin Collections

This week's bin collection
Red bin and Blue bin Green bin
Yellow bin and Blue bin Green bin

Eligible properties are provided with a red wheelie bin for residual rubbish, a yellow wheelie bin for mixed recycling, a green wheelie bin for organics and a blue glass crate for glass. The red and yellow wheelie bins are collected in alternate weeks, while the blue glass crate and green organics bin are collected weekly.

Collection Day, Calendars and Maps

To download a collection calendar for your area please click on the link below. If you're in Twizel please refer to the map in the section above to see if you're in the inner our outer collection area.

DayLocation (2023 dates)Location (2024 dates)Map
MondayTwizel - OuterTwizel - OuterCollection day map
TuesdayTwizel - InnerTwizel - InnerCollection day map
Albury, Burkes Pass and Kimbell
Albury, Burkes Pass and Kimbell

What goes in each bin?

If you are not sure of what can go in each bin, check underneath the lids of your red, yellow and green wheelie bins for labels that list what can go in each bin.

Wheelie Bin - Red

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Items for the red rubbish bin include:

  • General rubbish eg. dirty nappies.
  • Polystyrene.
  • Non-recyclable plastics eg. plastic food wrap, toys, garden hose.
  • Clothes, fabric, pillows or shoes.
  • Crockery, eg broken plates and cups.
  • Medical waste.
  • Ashes from your fire place - wait until they are cool before putting in your red bin.
  • Cigarette butts - wait until they are cool before putting in your red bin.
  • Juice cartons.

Wheelie Bin - Yellow

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All recycling should be clean and loose. It's easy, just give bottles and containers a quick rinse and keep items loose.

Any recycling that is tied up inside a plastic bag will not go through our sorting system and will end up in landfill - don't waste your good recycling efforts, shake it out of the bag and into your yellow bin.

These items can go in your yellow bin:

  • Plastics #1, 2, 5 - Please take lids off bottles and rinse plastics clean.
  • Paper, magazines and cardboard.
  • Tins and cans.
  • Aluminium trays and foil. Try the scrunch test: if you scrunch the foil in your hand and it springs back, it's probably non-recyclable plastic, but if it stays scrunched up, it is aluminium.
  • Aerosol cans - empty only.

If it is not on this list, keep it out of your recycling bin.

Ever thought about where your recycling goes?

Recycling collected in yellow bins in the Mackenzie District is sent to Timaru, where it is processed at the Timaru Materials Recovery Facility, operated by Enviro NZ.

Wheelie Bin - Green

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  • Food waste e.g. coffee grounds, eggshells, fish, fruit and vegetable scraps, cheese, meat (raw or cooked) and tea bags (plastic free) - also try home composting.
  • Unsprayed garden waste e.g. branches, flowers, leaves, weeds, untreated wood, and grass clippings.
  • Cardboard pizza boxes and fish and chip paper
  • Paper handtowels, newspaper, tissues, serviettes and non-brightly coloured shredded paper
  • Animal droppings (wrapped in paper)
  • Hair and animal fur.

Wheelie Bin - Blue

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Glass bottles and jars go in the Blue Glass Crate, not your yellow bin.

Need an extra glass crate?

All glass must go in the blue glass crate. If your glass crate is overfull then it makes it difficult to pick up safely without breaking glass on the footpath or road.

If you regularly have too much glass for one glass crate, an extra crate can be provided. Request a bin here.

Commercial collections

Commercial rubbish and recycling collections are available through Envirowaste - please contact them on 0800 240 120

General kerbside collection information

  • Bins need to be out by 7am on your collection day.
  • Wheelie bin lids must be fully closed and glass must not be piled above the height of the crate.
  • Wheelie bins are stamped with a unique number and allocated to individual properties, they should not be shifted between properties. If you have built a new home and need a set of bins, please contact us.
  • If your bin has been damaged or stolen, please contact us on 03 685 9010

Request bin

Request a new set of wheelie bins, or an extra set.