News and Updates

Level of service confirmed for Hamilton’s new kerbside collection

August 16th, 2018
Our new Rubbish collection services showcased by Waste Minimisation Advisor Charlotte Catmur


Hamiltonians are one step closer to getting their new kerbside collection service with Council today (16 August) approving the new level of service for the city.

Hamilton City Council will roll out its new wheeled bin and more recycling options service from July 2020, which includes replacing the current black bag collection with separate wheeled bins for rubbish and recycling, a smaller separate food waste collection bin and using the existing recycling crates for glass only.

Waste Minimisation Advisor Charlotte Catmur says the current recycling service, which was established in 2002, is no longer ‘fit for purpose’ so the new service will be a major step forward for the city aligning it with other leading Councils in New Zealand.

“The new service will provide Hamilton with a rubbish and recycling service that maximises diversion while providing the greatest value to the ratepayer.

“It will also result in cleaner streets from a reduction in litter from the kerbside collection, meet the community’s expectations around recycling and increase the diversion of food waste to landfill,” says Ms Catmur.

In 2016 the Council consulted with the community on what the kerbside collection should include. There were around 2800 written submissions received with the majority in support of the proposed new service.

As part of the new service there will be assisted collections to help physically impaired or elderly residents and special services for intensive housing areas that cannot be serviced effectively through this kerbside collection service.

The new service is designed to increase Hamilton’s recycling rate from 29 per cent (by weight) to 50 per cent, which under current anticipated growth levels would mean diverting more than 100,000 tonnes of waste from landfill in the 10 years from 2020/21.


Double check your collection days here

The new kerbside collection service is:

• 120 litre rubbish wheeled bin, collected fortnightly
• 240 litre recycling wheeled bin, collected fortnightly
• 45 litre crate for glass, collected fortnightly
• 20-30 litre food bin, collected weekly.

How to reduce food waste when you have young children

June 27th, 2018


It’s probably no surprise that households with young children are likely to waste a lot more food than average.

Meal times can be fraught no matter the age of your children and often, despite your best efforts, more food may end up in the bin than in your kid’s tummies.

In New Zealand, the average household throws away $563 of food in a year – but if you have children, that figure can be much higher.

Here are a few tricks that you can try with young children to minimise how much food is being wasted:

Start small

When introducing a new food to a child, start with a very small amount. Studies have shown that many children have to try a food up to 15 times before they will eat it. Instead of serving them a whole portion of something just, give them a piece from your plate. If they like it then you can give them more next time.

Be realistic

Be realistic about how much food your child will actually eat. Don’t overload a young child’s plate as it can overwhelm them. If they’re still hungry once they have finished what’s on their plate, they will be sure to let you know and you can offer them more. The same applies when giving them snacks – give them half a banana or apple to start with. Then you can either give them the rest if they are still hungry or store it in the fridge for later.

Save even small amounts

Don’t discount small amount of leftovers – even a couple of tablespoons of something or half a sausage can be added to another meal or eaten as a snack. While it may not seem like a lot, it all adds up in terms of food waste and money.

Keep leftovers visible

Store leftovers in transparent containers so that you can easily see what they are when you open the fridge to find your child some food. Alternatively, have colourful containers that you only use for your child’s leftovers, so you will always know that it is something suitable for them when searching the fridge.

Feed them what you’re eating

It is easier to modify your meal to make it baby or child-friendly than going to the effort of making something separate for your child that may or may not get eaten. Simply adapt what you are having for dinner. It may mean serving them some pasta without the sauce, pureeing the vegetables or leaving the chilli powder out of the recipe.

Be freezer friendly

If you make your own food or are freezing leftovers, freeze it in realistic serving sizes so that you only have to defrost the amount needed for the one meal. Large ice cube trays are the perfect size.

Be a good role model

One of the best ways to teach your children about the value of food is to lead by example. If your child sees you throwing away a brown banana or not finishing your dinner they will learn that it is ok to waste food, even if you are telling them otherwise.

For more tips on how you can reduce food waste visit

Plastic Free July – let’s act!

June 27th, 2018
Plastic Free July

Want tips on going plastic free for July?

While plastic is recognised as a great invention the prolific use of it in packaging has led to wide spread problems. Of the plastic produced today, about 50 per cent is single-use plastic packaging.

“The most common single-use plastics found in the environment are, in order of magnitude, cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, other types of plastic bags, and foam take-away containers.” – United Nations Environment Programme, 2018

The problem with single-use plastic is it doesn’t break down in the environment, instead it breaks up in to lots of little pieces known as microplastics. These microplastics then end up in our waterways, oceans and ultimately in our food chain.

The great news is there are so many alternatives out there to these single-use plastics and they are so easy to use! Below are just a few options:

Take away coffee cup = reusable coffee cup

Plastic bags = reusable shopping bag

Straws = say no thank you or use a metal straw

Bottled water = reusable water bottle


If you are keen to make a change with at least one single-use plastic – sign up to the plastic free July challenge here.


The Council is also keen to know what actions you are taking to be plastic free during July.

Upload a pic to Facebook or Instagram and #fightthelandfill and we will randomly pick a winner. The winner will get a reusable bag made from advertising banners.

Minimising Hamilton’s waste, what’s your vision?

October 6th, 2017

Hamilton City Council’s proposed plan to manage and reduce the rubbish and recycling in the city will be open for public feedback from Monday 9 October.

Hamiltonians have until Sunday 19 November to have their say on the 2018-2024 Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (Waste Plan).

The Council’s Waste Minimisation Advisor Charlotte Catmur says we all generate rubbish and recycling through our daily activities, at home, at work and out and about, and we should all have a say in what happens to our rubbish and recycling.

“We’re required, by law, to review and update our plan by April 2018, which is why now is the best time for Hamiltonians to tell us what they want to achieve in the short- and medium-term to minimise waste in Hamilton.”


"We received some great feedback on the bins or bags consultation last year and the results from that consultation are currently being reviewed. The biggest difference is the Waste Plan sets the direction for waste minimisation as a whole, not just for household collection," says Ms Catmur.

The draft Waste Plan sets per capita targets, and by 2024 the Waste Plan proposes to have a 5% reduction in rubbish to landfill, an increase in diversion of material from landfill by 10%, a 10% reduction in kerbside collection rubbish to landfill and a 10% increase in kerbside recycling.

Chair of the Waste Taskforce Cr Mark Bunting says he’s really excited about the opportunity for Hamilton to become very progressive in how we manage our waste.

"As a Council we shouldn't be setting rules and wagging our fingers at people, nagging them into doing the right thing. We should be as encouraging as we can and provide systems and incentives that make it easy for the community to reduce, recycle and reuse."

"I am absolutely convinced the community want to do the right thing. It's up to us to do our bit and make it as easy as possible. We have the right staff, the right plan, the right attitude and the right community. We will get the right result,” says Cr Bunting.

To support the Waste Plan, Hamiltonians have the chance to apply for the Waste Minimisation Contestable Fund. The Fund is available to support waste minimisation projects to encourage community participation, education and/or benefit Hamiltonians by leading to long-term waste minimisation action and behaviour change.

The Fund is open to community groups, businesses, Iwi/Maaori organisations, educational institutions and other community-based organisations operating within Hamilton or whose aims and outcomes are for the benefit of the Hamilton community.

The Fund has $50,000 available to distribute annually, with one funding round per year. Applicants can apply for standard funding between $1000 and $5000 or for special projects funding between $5000 and $15,000.

Copies of the draft Waste Plan, Statement of Proposal and more information on the Fund are available on Fight the Landfill - see links in the banner below.