Bin Take Back

Bin Take-Back is a one-off free collection of old kerbside wheelie bins organised by QLDC. 

It is optional and residents are welcome to keep their old kerbside bins if they want to. The collected bins will be recycled in Christchurch.

Old, empty bins should be put out by 7am on the correct Bin Take-Back day and left out until picked up (it may take a few days to pick them all up).

Key dates

Bin Take-Back Week 1

  • Makarora Wednesday 30 October (not the normal collection day)
  • Kingston Thursday 31 October  
  • Glenorchy Friday 1 November 

Bin Take-Back Week 2

  • Queenstown/Wakatipu basin: normal collection day during week of 4-8 November 

Which bins will be collected during Bin Take-Back?

  • Queenstown/Wakatipu basin - QLDC blue recycling bin 
  • Glenorchy - QLDC red rubbish bin and QLDC blue recycling bin
  • Kingston - QLDC red rubbish bin and QLDC blue recycling bin
  • Makarora - QLDC red rubbish bin and QLDC recycling crates  

New kerbside bins and bins from other waste providers will not be collected as part of Bin Take-Back.

Week 1 (Makarora, Kingston, Glenorchy and their highways) 

If you live in a township, place your old bins at your normal kerbside bin collection spot.

If you live in a subdivision or country road off the main highways listed below, bring your old bins out to the highway and leave them on the verge.


  • Makarora-Lake Hawea Rd (SH6) from Hawea to Makarora
  • Kingston Rd (SH6) from Jack's Point turn-off to Kingston (includes Wye Creek)
  • Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd from Sunshine Bay to Glenorchy (includes Closeburn and Bob’s Cove)

Inorganic collections

You can also drop off your old empty kerbside bins to the inorganic collection sites during Labour weekend (8am-5pm, Saturday 26 October - Monday 28 October) at: 

  • Kingston green waste site (access via Dorset Street) 
  • Glenorchy rec ground (access via corner of Mull and Oban Streets)

Week 2 (Queenstown and Wakatipu basin)

Place old bins at your normal kerbside collection spot on your normal collection day.

What about kerbside recycling?

Different trucks will be used to pick up the old bins, so rubbish and recycling collections will run as normal alongside the Bin Take-Back programme.

Is Wanaka included?

Bin Take-Back is not running in Wanaka as most people have found uses for their old recycling crates, and Wastebusters can accept any unwanted crates for reuse.