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Residential kerbside rubbish collections are changing.

From 1 October 2020 Napier’s rubbish will no longer be collected in single use black plastic bags. Annual Plan 2020 Wheelie Bins 3

While the collection will still be weekly (hopefully with no disruption to your collection day) we will be changing to 120 litre wheelie bins. This equals the amount residents are currently allowed to put out in two 60 litre rubbish bags. The bins will be owned by Napier City Council.

There are several reasons behind this change. 

  • There is a health and safety issue to consider for the staff with the repetitive lifting and throwing of rubbish bags into a rubbish truck.
  • The unsightly sight and smell of waste from bags ripped open by neighbourhood pets, vermin and seagulls.
  • This removes thousands of single use black rubbish bags from being disposed in our landfill.

Who will receive the new wheelie bin service?

The service is for all urban and rural residential addresses in Napier, and some commercial addresses in the CBD. It also applies to shopping areas in the city who pay rates charges for kerbside waste collection.

When will our NCC wheelie bins arrive?

The new wheelie bins will be delivered during September this year. The new service doesn’t start until 1 October, so do not use your wheelie bin until then. Please continue to put your rubbish out in up to two rubbish bags until 1 October.

What can I put in my new wheelie bin?

You can put all your household rubbish that can’t be recycled in the wheelie bin. However definitely no garden waste, hot ashes or liquids, batteries, medical or hazardous waste.

If you require a garden waste collection you can arrange a service for this through a commercial contractor.

More frequently asked questions…

Service Roll Out

It was confirmed by Council in September 2018 through the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan process, which included a public consultation process.

Every home in the city that is on the current NCC rubbish collection route will receive a 120L wheelie bin for general rubbish. 

There will be a limit of one 120L wheelie bin for rubbish. If you have more rubbish you will need to take it to the Redclyffe Transfer Station on Springfield Road or use a private contractor.

Collection of the NCC-supplied wheelie bins starts from October 1, 2020.

Wheelie bins are expected to be delivered to Napier residences from September ready for the start of the new service from 1 October 2020.

We are working through these details, as each situation will be different. We will send information directly to these residents.

No, you can’t opt out of this service.

We expect your rubbish collection day will remain the same as it currently is. You can check collection days for your address on our website following the launch of the new service.


The kerbside rubbish collection service will continue to be funded as it is now, through a rates payment charged to all addresses that use the kerbside collection services. The cost is to be reviewed as part of the Annual Plan 2020/21 process.

We want to encourage less waste going to landfill. We are currently looking at ways to offer a fortnightly service. If you only put your rubbish wheelie bin out once a fortnight or less, you could be eligible for a rates remission the following year. More info will be available over the coming months.

This will form part of the rates paid by the landlord. It will be at the discretion of the landlord how these charges will impact you.


It is a 120-litre wheelie bin.


We want to ensure that all residents have the ability to get rid of their general rubbish. Results from recent surveys show that a 120-litre bin, with no additional recycling or garden waste, will be suitable for almost all households. We’d like to emphasise that 120-litre is a maximum, not a target, and the aim is to avoid filling it as much as possible.

If you think this is an insufficient capacity for your household, you can take excess rubbish and recycling to the Redclyffe Transfer Station on Springfield Road or an alternative service provider. 

All household rubbish that can’t be put in your recycling crates.

 Please note this EXCLUDES the following items:

  • Garden waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Batteries
  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical waste
  • Liquid waste

This bin goes straight to landfill, therefore please consider reducing, repurposing and rehoming first. 

Our landfill is filling up and almost half of the waste going into the landfill is organic waste. In addition to taking up valuable space, when mixed in with other waste and compacted to the point where no oxygen can get to it, it can’t break down properly and rots very slowly. This creates methane gas and leachate that contribute to climate change and threatens the environment.


No, we will not be providing a garden waste collection service. During the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan public consultation, the majority of resident’s responses were that this is not a service they would use. However, NCC does encourage residents to consider using one of the private collection services that operate in Napier. You can also dispose of garden waste at Council transfer stations or BioRich.

No, we don’t have plans to providing a food waste collection service.


We want to encourage less waste going to landfill. We are currently looking at ways to offer a fortnightly service. If you only put your rubbish wheelie bin out once a fortnight or less, you could be eligible for a rates discount the following year.

Decisions on private collection services are up to individual residents. Private operators are aware of the changes to the service and will be able to provide options for you.

As the NCC-provided bins are for general waste only, you may like to ask your provider to change this to a green waste bin.  If you already have a green waste collection service, you may like to continue this with your private provider.

All properties within the collection zones that are rated for the kerbside rubbish collection service will be delivered a bin.  You can’t opt out of the service. The bins will be linked to the property and will need to be handed over to any future owners or tenants.

This challenge is overcome by many residents already using a private wheelie bin service; either by towing their bin to the kerb using their vehicle, or leaving the bin near the letterbox and transport their waste regularly to the bin. We encourage you to use the option that suits you best.

Bin Care

We are currently working on this process. More info will be available over the coming months.

We encourage waste reduction by not lining your wheelie bins with a plastic bag.

It’s not a requirement, however rinsing your bin out regularly will help reduce any smell. Rinse it out with your hose and tip it on the lawn or in your garden beds, not down the stormwater drain.


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