The Christchurch wheelie bin stocktake began in July 2016. It is expected to take approximately three years to complete through Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

Stocktake 18 February to 8 March 2019

Check the current wheelie bin stocktake [PDF, 1.6 MB] and stocktake flyer [PDF, 1.6 MB] to see if your street is included in the current stocktake round.

If it is, please ensure your address is on the bin lid and the bin is placed at kerbside on your next collection day. 

Contact 03 941 8999 or with your property address and contact information if your bin was not tagged. 

Check the stocktake street listing [XLSX, 355 KB] to see if your property was included in previous rounds.

Purpose of the wheelie bin stocktake

After the major earthquakes, many bins have been misplaced, stolen or damaged. 

The purpose of the wheelie bin stocktake is to save on the cost of the collection disposal and processing of material paid for by rates and to make sure properties are not receiving additional services above their entitlement, as this is unfair to other ratepayers.

The Council will save $9.3 million net by 2029 when its current contract with Waste Management concludes.

What the stocktake involves

Bins are allocated a radio frequency identification tag (RFID). RFID tags identify the property a bin is allocated to, allowing for a more efficient service.

Waste Management is carrying out this stocktake. 

  • This will involve installing an RFID tag to the wheelie bins allocated to your property.
  • The stocktake will take four to six weeks per collection run.
  • Bins without a RFID tag will be removed or no longer able to be emptied.
  • The stocktake will take approximately three years to complete city wide.

What you need to do

When it's time for the stocktake at your property you will receive a flyer in the mailbox with instructions on what you need to do.

  1. Write your address on the lids of the set of bins used at your property. Permanent marker or any marker that will not get washed off by rain is acceptable. 
  2. Ensure all three bins are at kerbside by 6am on your collection day and remain till 6pm even after the collection truck has been.
  3. Please continue to place all three bins at kerbside for the advised time frame (between three to four weeks) on your collection day until the bins have been tagged. 
  4. Place any surplus bins you have at kerbside to be removed. 
    If you have an enhanced recycling service (two recycling bins), your address should be written on both recycling bins. The stocktake team will be aware of this enhancement. If you are missing wheelie bins, at any time you can report your lost stolen or missing bins.

A small reflective sticker will be placed on bins that have been tagged. 

Bins that are not at kerbside will not be able to be tagged and and will not be collected after the stocktake is completed at your property.

Note: If you use the assisted kerbside collection service you do not need to follow these instructions. 

Contact us for further information