Rubbish, recycling and garden waste bins

Find out about Council’s residential rubbish and recycling collection.

What bins are available?

Every residential property in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai / Lower Hutt has been provided with a red-lid rubbish bin, a yellow-lid recycling bin and blue glass crate. Households can also opt into receiving a green garden waste bin here.

Find out more about our bins, and what goes into them, on our website Too Good to Waste, or download our bin booklet here.

Rubbish and recycling

What’s the cost of this service?

Lower Hutt’s kerbside service is funded through targeted rates on each residential property. For rubbish, the cost will depend on which size of bin you have at your property.

Service2024-2025 Charge per year
Rubbish – 80l bin $128
Rubbish – 120l bin $192
Rubbish – 240l bin $384
Recycling (120l or 240l bin) $130
Garden waste (optional 240l bin) $115

Change requests

Please note, there is a service fee for any bin changes, bins for new builds, or ordering a green waste bin. For the relevant service fees, please check our bin enquiry form.

Services for multi-unit dwellings

In some multi-unit dwellings, residents will not have their own bins, as they will share the service with other properties in their complex. This waste will be stored in a communal area. In such cases, Council charges for rubbish and recycling services through targeted rates on each separately used or inhabited part of a property. Please note that the targeted rate for rubbish will correspond with the capacity of the collections. The amount of waste services provided will depend on the number of units and residents.

Find out more about best practice waste management in our MUD Guidance brochure (PDF 5.1MB)

Services for non-commercial properties

Council’s rubbish and recycling services are also available on an opt-in basis to non-commercial properties. To be eligible, a property must be in one of the following four rating categories: Community Education (CE), Community facility (CF1, CF2, CF3).

This offering is limited to Council’s standard service offering for bin sizes and does not extend to providing a customised service for commercial-type waste volumes. See above for sizes and charges.

For more information on this opt-in service, or to opt in, please check our bin enquiry form.

Collection days

To find the collection day for your address go to

All waste is collected on the same day. Rubbish is collected weekly, recycling and glass is collected fortnightly, on alternating weeks, garden waste is collected every four weeks.

Make sure your bins are kerbside by 6am on collection day.

Do you have a problem with your bins?

Complete the online bin enquiry form if you want to report a problem, such as a missed collection.

Your bin may not have been emptied if:

  • it wasn’t kerbside by 6am
  • it was overfilled, or
  • it had unacceptable items in it