Waste Minimisation Services Policy

1.0  Purpose

This policy defines the waste collection areas covered by the compulsory urban waste management rate and the operating times for the kerbside collection services and transfer stations.

2.0  Background

The provision of waste services in the Timaru District emanates from the Local Government Act 2002 which “provides for local authorities to play a broad role in meeting the current and future needs of their communities for good quality local infrastructure, local public services and performance of regulatory functions."

Under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, Councils must complete a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan every six years that assesses the provision of existing services and provides options for the delivery of future services.  Current services include kerbside collection, transfer stations, facilities for processing/disposing of waste, education, and community/business support services.

Council implemented the 3-2-1-ZERO waste minimisation system in 2006. This 3-bin system provides for the collection of household and business waste in the compulsory urban areas, and optional rural areas.  Four transfer stations are also provided for the drop-off of rubbish, greenwaste, recycling and reusable goods.

3.0  Key Definitions

  • 3-2-1-ZERO - is the brand name for the 3-bin kerbside collection service.
  • Compulsory waste management rate areas - the areas within the Timaru District where a compulsory rate is levied. This entitles the ratepayer to use the kerbside collection service.
  • Kerbside collection  - waste collected in the 3-bins provided as part of the 3-2-1-ZERO service

4.0  Policy

4.1 Kerbside Collection Targeted Rate Areas

4.1.1 Council levies a targeted rate in specified urban areas for the kerbside collection service. The Kerbside Collection Compulsory Rating Zones maps in Appendix A define these areas.

4.1.2 Kerbside collections occur in these waste management rate areas.

4.1.3 Kerbside collections also occur in rural areas, but the targeted rate is only paid if residents opt in to the service.

4.2 Kerbside Collection Service In Central Business Districts

4.2.1 A weekly collection service is provided in the CBD areas. The Kerbside Collection CBD Zones maps in Appendix A define these areas.

4.2.2 Collection contractors working on behalf of Council are not permitted to empty bins on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

4.3 Kerbside Collection Service

4.3.1 Collection contractors working on behalf of Council will carry out the service on weekdays from Monday to Friday between the hours of 6:00am and 10:00pm.

4.3.2 Collection contractors working on behalf of Council are not permitted to empty bins on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

4.3.3 The alternative collection day  for Good Friday, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day in residential areas will be the following Saturday, or on other approved days.

4.3.4 The alternative collection day for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in business areas, shall be at the usual time on another working day, as agreed between the contractor and the Waste Minimisation Manager.

Appendix A: Waste Minimisation Maps


Adopted District Services Committee 26 April 2016