Inorganic collection

The next inorganic collection will be in May and June 2020. We are working with our contractors on the exact dates for this collection. We will let you know as soon as they are available.

Outside of these dates you will need to take your inorganic waste to the nearest transfer station. A list of transfer stations can be found on this page

There was no service in the last financial year (ended June 2019) and this service was not in your rates so you didn’t pay for it.

The long-term future of the inorganic collection will be part of a solid waste review which will be started later this financial year and will help us form the next Long Term Plan (LTP). You will be able to give your feedback on the inorganic service as part of this review later this year.


Frequently asked questions

When is the next collection?

The next inorganic collection will be in May and June next year. We are currently working with our contractors about when the next inorganic service will be run. A decision on the future of inorganics will ultimately come back to the Councillors as part of the solid waste review.

Why was there no collection last year?

Inorganic collection was not in the Long Term Plan for last year. It is in for this year and the future of the inorganic collection will be part of a solid waste review which will start this year. This review will help us form the next Long Term Plan (LTP).

How come I am paid more in my rates last year and I didn't get an inorganic collection?

Ratepayers did not pay for the inorganic service as part of their rates for 2018/19.

However, the targeted rate for waste collection did increase from $131 in the 2017-18 financial year to $160 in the 2018-19 financial year because:

  • the cost of disposal to landfill has increased
  • there is increasing amounts of waste going to landfill
  • Health and Safety legislation has meant there are some changes to how collections are carried out and this has added to the cost of the contract (collection happens left side only now as opposed to before when the contractor could run across the road to collect)
  • misuse of the service – the inorganic collection ends up costing more than what is budgeted (because guidelines were not followed, meaning Council had to clean up areas following the collection)
  • The cost of illegal dumping through inorganic collections – during the last service there was lots of illegal dumping, which Council has a responsibility to collect
  • Misuse use of the refuse service.

Why weren’t we consulted prior to the removal of inorganic from our rates?

Information on reviewing the service and the timing of the service was contained in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan consultation document, which was published in March 2018. When the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan went out for consultation in May 2018, one of the activities in the action plan was to review the inorganic service as part of the solid waste review.