As Mid Canterbury’s new rubbish and recycling system launches, the Ashburton District Council has moved to clear up confusion about what can and can’t go in the bins.
The council has received numerous calls with questions, and a lot of people have taken to social media to clarify points. Ashburton District Council waste recovery manager Craig Goodwin said there would be teething problems.
‘‘We don’t expect people to get everything right straight away.’’
Each recycling bin delivery came with a booklet explaining the new system, but some took the information inside it to mean rubbish couldn’t be put in the new rubbish (red lid) bin, in plastic bags. Goodwin said supermarket bags could be used to bag rubbish and then be placed in the red lidded bin. Excess, empty supermarket bags were recyclable, and should be placed in the yellow bin loose, not tied up. Recyclable goods should all be loose, not in plastic bags.
Plastic bottle tops go in the red rubbish bin, while the plastic bottles themselves go in the recycling bin.
Household cleaning bottles can go in the recycling - just ensure they’re empty and rinsed. Chemicals don’t go in the bins.
For more information, check the council website where there’s a list of items that can and can’t go in the bins.