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The Great Timaru District Bin Muster

We’re trying to track down all our bins to ensure everyone in the district is getting the service they’re paying for, and we need your help!

As part of improving our service to you we’re progressively updating our register of all the bins in the district. We’re also introducing some smart technology so that if your bin goes wandering, we can more easily reunite it with you.

The project is currently focusing on the NORTH zone (including Temuka, Geraldine, Pleasant Point). The SOUTH zone including Timaru and Pareora will be done later in the year.


1. Identify your bin

Please paint or write your address on all your bins just above the serial numbere on the side. This would be ideally done with waterproof paint or a silver permanent marker, but can be anything really, just make sure it can be clearly seen.

2. Put out every bin, every week

We’ll drop a leaflet in when we are tagging in your area. On the weeks we are tagging your area, please put ALL of your bins out on your collection day, even the one that's not being emptied. This will enable our team to attach a small RFID tag. They’ll also attach an orange sticker to the bin so you know it’s been tagged.

3. That's it! Easy as 3,2,1 (Zero)


Please click area name for a map of the area being tagged

Start Date End Date Collection DayArea (Click for map)
18/2/194/3/19MONDAYTimaru Craigie West Side, Rose, King, Domain and James
19/2/195/3/19TUESDAYTimaru Orbell and Wai-iti North Side between Guinness and Sealy Streets
20/2/196/3/19WEDNESDAYScarborough, Beaconsfield Road and Along Pareora River
21/2/197/3/19THURSDAYTimaru btwn Pages Road, MacDonald, Bouverie and Andrew.
22/2/198/3/19FRIDAYTimaru Pukatea and Wai-Iti South between Barnes and Konini


Please click area name for a map of the area being tagged

Start Date End Date Collection DayArea (Click for map)


We’re doing a stocktake of Timaru District bins to ensure that everyone in the community is getting the bin services that they are paying for in their rates.This ensures a fair service for all the community. If extra bins that aren’t accounted for are found there is the option of either paying for the additional service through your rates or having the bin removed for free at a later date. Waste minimisation staff will discuss options with you.

What is an RFID tag, and why does my bin need one?

Radio Frequency ID tags are everywhere these days, you’ve probably got a few in your wallet. The one going in your bin is a small plastic device that goes just under the lip of the bin. The only information it contains is the serial number of your bin.

From October our trucks will be able to check in real time whether the bin is at the correct property before emptying it. If there’s no tag, or the bin is somewhere it shouldn’t be, it will not be emptied, and will later be removed.

Why do I need a transmitting device in my bin?

The RFID tag doesn’t transmit all the time, it’s only activated when it’s in close proximity (a few cm) to the receiver on the truck. Most of the time it doesn’t do anything as it doesn’t have its own power source.

Are you moving to a pay-per-use model?

We have no plans to move to a pay-per-use model. Because the Timaru District community has embraced our waste management o model, we have created a sustainable and affordable system, and there is no need to change.

How will I know my bin is tagged?

The tag itself is almost impossible to see, you’llknow when your bin is tagged as there will be a reflective orange sticker stuck on the side of the bin.

Do I need to know what bin number I'm meant to have?

Don’t worry about the bin serial numbers, we know bins can move about, as long as you have the set of bins you are rated for. Just write your address on the ones you have, but please leave them behind when you move.

For most people that will be a large green and yellow and a small red.


If you have any questions, please contact our waste minimisation team or customer services on 03 687 7200 or

Publish Date: 08 Sep 2017