Terms and conditions for collection services and landfill use

These terms and conditions for collection services and landfill use were made by resolution pursuant to clause 4.2.1. of the Wellington City Consolidated Bylaw 2008 Part 9 - Waste Management.

August 2016

1. Introduction and commencement

1.1 These are Council resolutions made pursuant to the Wellington City Council Consolidated Bylaw 2008: Part 9 – Waste Management, and should be read in conjunction with it.

1.2 Under Clause 4.2.1, Part 9 (Waste Management) of the Consolidated Bylaw 2008, the Council may specify the terms and conditions for waste collection services by publicly notified Council resolution, and that Council is not required to formally consult before making such a resolution.

1.3 These resolutions shall come into force on 1 Sept 2016.

2. Terms and conditions for collection services

[For general information on the recycling collection service including suburban collection and sorting your recycling, see Terms and conditions for suburban kerbside recycling collection.]

2.1 The Council may specify controls for the following matters in relation to the collection or transportation of waste from a public place: 

  1. the area to which the control applies; 
  2. the type, size and construction of approved containers that may be used for the separation, storage and collection of recyclable materials and rubbish; 
  3. the categories of recyclable material and rubbish that may be deposited at or collected from a public place; 
  4. requirements to ensure the correct separation of recyclable materials and rubbish into approved containers; 
  5. the conditions applicable to any collection service from a public place, including the placement and retrieval of approved containers for collection, collection times and restrictions on the number and weight of approved containers; 
  6. the locations, access times and conditions of use of council waste collection points; 
  7. any other operational matter required for the safe and efficient operation of a collection service from a public place. 

2.2 Any person providing or using a recyclable materials and/or rubbish collection service in or from a public place must comply with all controls made by the Council relating to that collection.

2.3 These terms and conditions apply to all waste and recycling, including collections from private contractors.

3. Separation of waste and approved containers

3.1 The Council’s suburban recyclable materials and rubbish collection service differs from the inner city recyclable materials and rubbish collection service.

3.2 For Council collection services in the inner city areas (as defined by the appended map) the Council has approved the following official containers for recycling and waste collection service:

  1. Recycling: clear plastic bags branded with the Wellington City Council logo and printed with "official recycling bag" (supermarket bags are acceptable). Glass should be in a separate bag to other recyclables;
  2. Rubbish: yellow plastic bags branded with the Wellington City Council logo and printed with "official rubbish bag". 

3.3 For the Council recyclable materials and rubbish collection service from suburban areas the Council has approved the following official containers: 

  1. Recycling:
    1. glass only – the official Council 45-litre green crates 
    2. for other recyclable material – either the Wellington City Council black and yellow 140-litre wheelie bin or the Council's 70-litre green recycling plastic bags. 

  2. Rubbish; yellow plastic bags branded with the Wellington City Council logo and printed with "official rubbish bag". 

3.4 The occupier, owner and/or the manager of any premises must ensure that the approved container is kept in a safe location, hygienic, in good repair, and without any modifications or alterations to its appearance

3.5 The occupier, owner and/or the manager of a premises must ensure that the domestic waste from the premises is separated into recyclable materials and rubbish in approved containers for collection. 

3.6 Recyclable materials put out must be clean, and not contaminated by food or other material.

3.7 No person may deposit in the approved containers, material that is not approved for it.

3.8 The 140-litre wheelie bin will remain the property of the Council. Wheelie bins are allocated to specific addresses and should not be removed from the premises it is allocated to under any circumstances, i.e. if you change residence. Bins do get damaged from time to time. If the bin is damaged in such a way that it is no longer functional, the Council may deliver a replacement. The Council reserves the right to charge residents who do not take proper care of the bin.   

4 Categories of recyclable material and rubbish for public collection 

4.1 The following recyclable materials can be placed in approved Council 45-litre green crates for collection:

  1. Glass – clean, unbroken glass bottles and jars without lids.

4.2 The following items can be placed loose inside your recycling bin or green recycling bag:

  1. Paper – newspaper, paper bags, telephone directories, envelopes and office paper; 
  2. Cardboard – plain, corrugated, food and drink cartons including  pizza and cereal boxes; 
  3. Plastic – pots, tubs, trays and bottles; 
  4. Metal – tins, cans, and bottle/jar lids.

4.3 Cardboard and paper may be put out for collection in the following way.

  1. Cardboard – flattened and securely tied with string or tape into bundles under 15kg in weight and no larger than a full official recycling bag.

4.4 All waste that cannot be recycled must be placed in a yellow official Council plastic rubbish bag. This includes:

  • Cardboard and/or paper cartons that are waxed, plastic or foil backed ie tetra packs, or have food on it.
  • Food waste
  • Clingfilm and cellophane 
  • Perspex and similar non-recyclable plastic 
  • Foil
  • Plastic bags 
  • Crisp packets 
  • Polystyrene, including meat and food trays 
  • Window glass, mirrors and similar material
  • Crockery and cookware 
  • Paint and containers that contained paint
  • Motor oil and grease containers that contained motor oil and grease 
  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Aerosols  
  • Electric cables, rope, string and similar material
  • Nappies 
  • Sanitary products 
  • Pet waste 
  • Shoes, textiles and clothes 

4.5 If households compost their food waste and recycle other materials there is very little that should be left to put in a yellow rubbish bag.

4.6 The Council may specify or amend the categories of recyclable material and rubbish that may be deposited at or collected from a public place. Any amendments will be publically notified.

4.7 Building, construction and/or demolition waste, commercial and garden waste, and hazardous materials and substances, including those that require special handling as defined by the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, the most common of which are listed below are not permitted for recyclable and rubbish collection. They may not be placed in a public place for collection, unless authorised by the Council under this bylaw. Prohibited waste includes;

  • Explosive or any highly flammable material, including gas canisters
  • Radioactive material, asbestos or paint
  • Trade rubbish, offal, dead animals or infectious matter
  • Any waste removed from any part of a drainage or sewerage system
  • Hot ashes. Cold ashes must be well wrapped
  • Unwrapped sharp objects. Any broken bottles, glass items or sharp objects must be well wrapped
  • Medical waste including hypodermic and other syringes with or without needles are not permitted

4.8 Household substances which are excluded from the recyclable and rubbish collection services may be taken to the Hazardous Waste Facility at the Southern Landfill.

5 Placement and removal of waste

5.1 Approved rubbish and recyclable material containers put out for collection must be in an upright position, securely contain all material within the container, and be placed for collection:

  1. on a public street, without obstructing the footpath or carriageway, off the roadway, as close to the kerb as possible, or in line with any permanent obstructions
  2. as close as possible to the front of the premises from which the waste originated unless the container is placed at a collection point agreed with/prescribed by the Council;
  3. at times consistent with this bylaw
  4. at any other specified place or time as determined by the Council.

5.2 The Council may vary designated collection days from time to time and will advise affected residents accordingly.

5.3 The suburban recyclable materials and rubbish collection service differs from the inner city recyclable materials and rubbish collection service;

  1. In the inner city areas (as defined by the appended map) recyclable materials will be collected weekly and rubbish collection will be nightly. 
  2. In suburban areas, glass and other recyclables, in approved containers, will be collected on alternate weeks as specified for each area. Household rubbish, in official yellow Council pre-printed plastic bags, is collected weekly.

5.4 There is a limit of two approved glass crates per household that can be collected each fortnight. Excess recyclable materials may be taken to the Recycling Centre at Southern Landfill.

5.5 The maximum weight for the contents in a recycling bag or green crate is 15 kilograms.

5.6 The permitted times for the deposition and collection of recyclable materials and rubbish are as follows: 

  • In the inner city areas (as defined by the appended map):
    1. Approved containers must be placed at an appropriate pick-up location by the latest time as notified by the service provider, on the day of collection. For Council collections after 5:30pm.
    2. Collection is permitted 7 days per week between 6pm and 7am.
    3. No container, recyclable material and rubbish is permitted in public places, in the inner city area between 7am and 5pm.
  • For all other areas:
    1. Approved containers must be placed at an appropriate pick-up location by the latest time as notified by the service provider, on the day of collection. For Council collections before 8am. 
    2. Collection is permitted only on week days and only between 7am and 7pm.

5.7 The Council may dispensate streets for earlier collections and will advise affected residents accordingly.

5.8 Private collection containers must be put out at times and locations in accordance with a private collection contract. 

5.9 All containers and any uncollected recyclable materials and rubbish are to be removed from the public place by 7am the day following scheduled collection or it may be deemed illegal dumping. Under the Litter Act 1979 minor illegal dumping can attract an infringement notice of $400 or $2,000 if taken to court.

5.10 The occupier, owner and/or the manager of any premises are responsible for any recyclable materials and rubbish.

5.11 Any recyclable materials and/or rubbish generated on a premises remains the property and responsibility of the depositor, be that an occupier, owner and/or the manager, until it has been collected, and is considered litter under the Litter Act 1979 if not removed from the public place.

5.12 The emptying of pedestrian bins in public places in association with street cleaning activity may occur on any day and time.

5.13 Collections from community clean-ups at beaches or other public areas, may occur on any day.

6 Matters for a safe and efficient collection service operation

6.1 Collection activity is not permitted to generate any unreasonable adverse impact on the operation of the transport network or safety. 

6.2 On Principal, Arterial and Golden Mile roads (as defined under the District Plan) collection during peak commuter traffic times must be avoided (typically weekdays between 7am and 9am and between 4pm and 6pm)

6.3 Vehicle and pedestrian traffic may not be disrupted at any time for more than 2 minutes without a Council-approved Temporary Traffic Management Plan.

6.4 The Council may not collect recyclable materials and rubbish from private streets. 

6.5 The Council may declare some public streets, or parts of public streets, unsafe for collection where it is not possible to safely collect recyclable materials and/or rubbish, or a certain type of container. There will be no collection of recyclable materials and/or rubbish from the streets so declared. Approved containers, or any other containers for recycling materials and/or rubbish must not be placed for collection in the affected area.

6.6 In these situations, the Council will recommend a safe collection location and/or an approved container that allows a safe and efficient operation of a collection service. All recycling and rubbish is to be placed in a safe collection point as designated by the Council.  (Note: this collection point may be a distance away from the household).

6.7 The Council has rights to withhold recycling and/or rubbish collection services to a property for a predetermined period of time when, after notification, a property is consistently non-compliant with this bylaw. In such circumstances, the resident or household must not place recyclable materials or rubbish out for collection by the Council until otherwise advised by Council.

6.8 The noise generated during the collection and placement processes of any recycling and/or rubbish is subject to the District Plan noise controls requirements at all times.

6.9 The Council do not provide collection services for inorganic rubbish.  Inorganic material may be taken to the Southern Landfill.

6.10 The Council may approve variations to public or private collection times for reasons of health, safety or congestion. Requests can be made to the relevant Council Director. Where a request for variation also requires a change in existing collection times, affected parties must be notified and given the opportunity to have their views considered. If a variation is approved, the collection service provider must notify all affected customers in writing of the times for when recycling and/or rubbish must be put out.

7 Waste management and minimisation for events 

7.1 Any organiser of an event must obtain prior approval from the Council of a waste management and minimisation plan for the event. 

7.2 The Council may require a waste management and minimisation plan to set out: 

  1. an estimate of the types and amounts of waste to be generated by the event; 
  2. how waste generated by the event is to be minimised; 
  3. the steps to maximise the collection and use of recyclables and reusable material; 
  4. the equipment to be provided for the storage, collection and transportation of waste and diverted material; 
  5. the person responsible for the collection and disposal of waste and the methods to be used; 
  6. a waste analysis following the conclusion of the event. 

7.3 The organiser of an event must comply with the approved waste management and minimisation plan.

7.4 The provision and maintenance of temporary bins in areas of short-term increased demand, such as for events, may be approved under the Footpath Management Policy 2007.

8 Terms and conditions use of the Southern Landfill

8.1 The landfill operates during the hours determined by the Council and published on the Council website.

8.2 The Southern Landfill and Recycling Centre accepts household and commercial general waste, recyclable materials including green waste and hazardous waste. A full list of material able to be disposed of at the landfill is published on the Council website. 

8.3 All loads must be covered and secured. Any recycling or waste spilled from a vehicle at the landfill site must be picked up and put into the collection vehicle by the collector. Offending vehicles may be prosecuted and/or rights of access to the Southern Landfill restricted.

8.4 Commercial operators are also referred to the Collection and Transportation of Waste Bylaw 1997: Collection and Transportation of Waste Bylaw

8.5 The charges for disposing of waste in the landfill and for depositing divertible or hazardous material shall be as determined annually by Council through the Annual Plan process. The Council may make additional charges where special handling and/or storage is necessary, and as required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.