A new weekly rubbish and fortnightly recycling service, paid for through rates will be in place from 1 July 2021.
How will it work?
If you’re the property owner, you’ll get a choice of three bin sizes:
- A 120-litre wheelie bin (default option)
- An 80-litre wheelie bin
- A 240-litre wheelie bin
For mixed recycling you’ll receive a 240-litre wheelie bin (default option). If you have less recycling you’re able to opt for a smaller 120-litre wheelie bin.
A 45-litre crate for glass will be provided.
Optional green waste
You’ll also get to choose whether you want a 240L green waste bin, collected every four weeks. You'd only pay for this service if you opt-in each year. The green waste bin would only be for garden waste, not food waste.
How much will it cost ratepayers?
The indicative costs for the new weekly rubbish collection are:
- $144 a year or $2.77 per week for a 120-litre bin
- $114 a year or $2.19 per week for an 80-litre bin
- $288 a year or $5.54 per week for a 240-litre bin
Recycling charges will be approximately $105 per year. This breaks down to $2.02 per week and remains the same no matter your bin size.
The optional green waste service will cost around $95 per year.
Why are these changes happening?
Rubbish and recycling services have not changed for almost 20 years in Lower Hutt. We need a modern approach, that is environmentally-friendly and easier for more people to use.
The new approach will mean that residents will have access to a modern rubbish service and a fit-for-purpose recycling service. This is a big change to the way rubbish and recycling is managed across Lower Hutt - our new approach will be more financially and environmentally sustainable.
Benefits of the new service
The new service will:
- mean no more Hutt City Council rubbish bags from 1 July 2021 which is safer for the workers collecting rubbish
- have provisions in place to help residents in hilly suburbs and people with disabilities or mobility issues
- be available to everyone who lives in our city, in a standard way
- in many cases it will save you money
- mean that there are fewer trucks on the road which is better for the environment
- pay its employees the living wage
So what's next?
If you’re a rate payer
We’ll let you know how to select your preferred bin size when we send out November’s rates bill, so keep an eye on your email or mailbox for all the information you’ll need.
If you rent
You may wish to get in touch with your landlord about these changes. We’ll be letting everyone know early next year when and how you’ll receive your new bins.
If you live in an apartment building
The new service may differ depending on the circumstances. For example, there may be shared bins in a central storage area. We’ll be in touch with the property owner over the coming months to assess location-specific needs
Check out our FAQs for answers to questions like:
- Can I change my bin size?
- What about people in units or apartments?
- How will elderly people, those with disabilities or mobility challenges access the new services?
- What about long hilly driveways?
- And what about narrow rural roads?
- What about people who rent their property?
- I have an annual contract, what should I do?
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For information on the consultation process, check out our Have your Say website.