Stratford District Council (SDC) provides a kerbside rubbish and recycling service for urban residents in Stratford and Midhirst. This includes a general waste collection, glass collection and a co-mingled recycling collection.
General waste is collected every week for all eligible residents and there are 2 collection areas that cover the fortnightly glass and co-mingled collections on alternate weeks.
Large yellow or green lid bin is for the co-mingled recycling.
Red lid bin is for general waste.
Blue crate is for glass bottles and glass food containers – lids must be removed.
Rubbish is collected from Areas A and B every Monday.
This bin with the red lid is for general refuse. Any general refuse can be put in this bin including green waste such as weeds, lawn clippings and broken glass The two items that cannot be put in this bin are hot ashes and liquids.
The bin should be placed at the road side by 7.30am on the morning of your collection day with the wheels facing the house. Council collection services are not disrupted by public holidays.
Materials that can be put in the yellow or green lidded recycling wheelie bin are:
- Paper and cardboard
- Plastics with the numbers 1, 2 and 5
- Steel and aluminium cans
- All containers must be washed and have caps removed. These materials may be placed in the bin unsorted.
- Glass that can be put in the blue crate are:
- Drink & other bottles (clear, green and brown only)
Contamination of kerbside recycling is a big issue for Stratford and all of Taranaki. Nearly a quarter of the District’s recycling going into kerbside recycling wheelie bins either can’t be recycled or isn’t being cleaned properly and contaminating good recyclables around it. All of Stratford’s recycling is transported to the Materials Recovery Facility in New Plymouth where processors sort it into different categories. Contaminated recycling can affect a large amount of good recycling which then needs to be sent to landfill. SDC has provided information, on what can and cannot be recycled, on our website, the mobile phone app SDC Rubbish and Recycling, Facebook and a link to the Zero Waste Taranaki Website
To help combat the contamination, Council has introduced a system where repeat offenders will have their kerbside collection recycling service suspended. Kerbside recycling bins are regularly audited and tagged with a green, amber or red tag.
A green tag means you’re a recycling superstar.
An amber tag means there were a couple of things found in your bin that shouldn’t be there, but we recognise that you’re trying your best. We’ll let you know what those items are so you know for the future.
A red tag means your bin is highly contaminated and will not be collected until the contamination is removed. If this happens, you’ll receive a follow-up letter from Council.
If you receive three red tags your recycling service will be suspended for three months.