What should you put into your yellow bin?
Below are the main items we love to find in your yellow bin.
Click on the graphic to learn more about yellow bin 'sins and wins'.
Yellow Bin Wins
Yellow Bin Sins
The EcoSort facility receives all the Yellow Bin recycling from
Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts where it is
automatically sorted, baled and sold as a reclaimed material.
Some of the materials are shipped overseas and some are sent
for reuse within New Zealand. We are constantly exploring new
avenues for the recycled materials we receive from the kerbside
collection to deliver a better recycling service for our city and
A huge investment in our sorting facility enables us to manage
the large amount of recycling we receive daily. However this
plant does have its restrictions so some materials cannot be
accepted in the yellow bin.
Your yellow wheelie bin is for recycling only and is collected
fortnightly as part of the council kerbside collection
service. As a community, we have achieved one of the best
recycling services in Australasia and a process that rivals world's
best practice. The quality of recycling we receive through
the yellow bin collection means we are able to ensure the materials
can be successfully reused.
There is always opportunity to improve so following these simple
tips, we can aim to increase the volume of material we can
If you often find yourself standing in front of your bin wondering if something can or can’t go in it – you’re not alone. Find out the top 10 mistakes people make and don’t be a Yellow Bin Sinner!
The kerbside collection trucks dump everything into a massive pile on the floor of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)... see what happens next...