From two bins to four: NPDC's Zero Waste bin deliveries starting soon

29 July 2019

A step-change is coming to the way New Plymouth District residents’ rubbish is collected as NPDC ramps up its journey towards Zero Waste 2040.

The family of kerbside bins is growing, and from mid-August NPDC will start delivering landfill and food scraps bins to all properties in the collection area, replacing the red rubbish bags. 

The new four-bin service begins on the week starting 30 September.

“We’ll be going suburb by suburb with the bin deliveries so don’t worry if you haven’t got your bins in the first few weeks – they’ll be coming,” says NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope.

“The deliveries will be between mid-August and mid-September so please wait until Wednesday 18 September to contact us at NPDC if you don’t have your new bins.”

About $21 million was set aside for the Zero Waste 2040 journey, including the kerbside collection changes, by councillors in 2018 after the idea proved popular with the public in the Long-Term Plan process and attracted more than 3,000 supporting submissions.

The landfill and food scraps bins will help our community work towards Zero Waste by cutting down the amount of waste that goes to the landfill. Currently, about 40 per cent of residential rubbish bags is food waste, but the food scraps collection will enable that waste to be turned into useful compost.

When the new collection starts on 30 September, the food scraps bin will be collected weekly. The landfill, recycling and glass bins will be collected every fortnight: glass and landfill bins one week, recycling the next.

Households should keep using their red bags until Friday 27 September. After that, any leftover bags can be taken to the Civic Centre in New Plymouth or your local library for reuse by community groups or recycling. 

“We don’t want piles of excess plastic bags going into the landfill bin. You could either use them one by one as a bin liner, or get them back to us so we can make sure they have a useful second life,” says Ms Hope.

The red plastic bags won’t be picked up at the kerbside after 27 September.

More information about bin delivery dates and how to use the new collection system is online at Also, a collection calendar and information booklet will be delivered with the bins.
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