Council has moved to a more efficient four crate system for recycling, and a 45L wheeled bin for residual refuse. The service has switched to two recyclables collected per week. Paper and tin one week and glass and plastic the next. Full information on how the new system works, including conditions of service, is included with the crates and bin and is also available on our Collection Changes page.
Residents can start using the new crates and bin now
The new service started Tuesday 2 July 2019.
If residents have their new recycling crates and refuse bin they can start using them now.
Residents can also continue to use any left over black council refuse bags. They can also use them to take waste to the Opotiki Resource Recovery Centre at no charge.
Our contractor has now finished deliveries
Why it's important you care for your new crates and bin
Once you have signed for the new crates and bin, you are responsible for them.
You'll need to make sure your recycling and refuse is put out correctly using the right crates (according to what is being collected that week) and the bin, otherwise it won't be collected.
We're sure you don't want to have to pay for replacement crates and bins, so we advise you to look after them. You may want to write or paint your address on them – you could use some form of permanent marker or white paint etc.
The crates and bin are allocated to the property, so if you move to a new house you need to leave them behind.
Do not remove the number on your crates and bin
How the new system will work
The new system started on Tuesday 2 July 2019.
Tuesday is still collection day
The collection area
The urban collection area is from Paerata Ridge Road in the west to Stoney Creek Road in the south.
What you can put out each week
Refuse: You can put out your 45Ltr wheeled refuse bin with the red lid each week on Tuesdays.
Residual refuse will only be collected if it is in this bin. Only one bin will be emptied per household each week.
Recycling: Only two types of recycling get collected each week. You need to put out the two correct types of recycling in the correct crates, on the correct alternate weeks. Under the new system, paper and tin get put out one week and glass and plastic the next.
Only the recycling material inside the crate will be picked up. Any recycling outside the crate will be left.
So on Tuesday, 9 July, put out your orange plastic and your blue glass recycling crates - plus your refuse bin.
How to know what types of recycling to put out each week
Each set of crates and bin came with an information pamphlet and calendar.
The calendar has a magnet on the back so you can pop it on your fridge and refer to it each week before putting out the two correct types of recycling for that week.
A copy of the calendar can be viewed online. See the 2019-20 Kerbside Collection Calendar. We also have spares available from our office or phone us on 07 3153030 and we'll send one out to you. You can also download a copy of the calendar: Opotiki District Council 2019-20 Kerbside Recycling and Refuse Collection Calendar (PDF, 237KB).
We recommend you download the Antenno app and load your address as a favourite place to receive reminders straight to your phone each week on which recyclables to put out.
What you can (and can't) put in your recycling crates
Lock your refuse bin
This will stop dogs getting in to it.
To lock: With one hand brace the bin and with the other hand pull the black handle up to lock it in to place.
To unlock: Hold the bin steady with one hand and firmly push the handle directly down in a smooth vertical motion.
Stack your crates for the wind
To stop your paper or plastic recyclables blowing around on windy days stack your heavier crate on top e.g. tin crate on paper crate and glass crate on plastic crate.
Look after yourselves and our contractors
Anything dangerous, sharp or pointy should be wrapped in newspaper or cardboard before being put out for collection.
How to get more information or help with the new system