Every Council wheelie bin has an address sticker, and an individual serial number heat stamped into it. The Council has recorded the serial number against the address the bin is issued to.
Do not take the bin with you when you move properties - the bin is allocated to that specific address only.
Lost or stolen wheelie bins
You can get a replacement wheelie bin if yours is lost or stolen. You need to pay a service fee - this covers our costs in replacing and delivering the bins.
Service fee: $80
The fee can be paid at our Service Centre at 101 Wakefield Street. Alternatively, you can send a cheque with a note stating that it's for a replacement wheelie bin and give your residential address for delivery. Send the cheque to:
Wellington City Council Service Centre
PO Box 2199
We need to get payment before we can deliver the bin (a receipt will be given over the counter or posted to you). Keep your receipt for any future queries. When payment has cleared, we'll deliver a wheelie bin in seven working days.
We only replace existing wheelie bins. If you have moved into a property that doesn't have a wheelie bin or green crate, or you have received recycling bags and would like to be assessed for a wheelie bin, phone us on (04) 499 4444 to ask for an assessment.
Homes outside the city centre
- If you live outside the city centre and your address is unsuitable for a wheelie bin, you will receive a delivery of 52 recycling bags once a year - these will start arriving on your doorstep from early May each year.
The delivery of our FREE recycling bags for 2017 will be from May-June.
If you need more recycling bags in the meantime, you can buy them from:
Cost: $13 for a pack of 26 bags. Smaller quantities are available.
Homes in the city centre
- If you live in the city centre, you don't need a Council recycling bag, place your recycling in clear, plastic bags (supermarket bags are acceptable).
The same type of recycling materials that can go in the wheelie bin can also go into these recycling bags. For more details, see Sorting and Preparing Your Recycling.
Use the green crates to recycle glass
45-litre green crates
An official Council 45-litre recycling crate must be used for your recyclable glass, ie glass bottles and jars only.
There is a limit of two official glass crates per household that can be collected each fortnight.
Buying a crate
You can buy a glass recycling crate from the Council's Service Centre at 101 Wakefield Street and from the libraries in Kilbirnie, Newtown, Johnsonville and Tawa.