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Bin clips

Now you don’t have to worry about your recycling bin blowing over and causing a mess. We’re starting to roll out bin clips which help secure the lid, and stop the contents falling out and blowing away if the bins get knocked over by the wind.

Photo shows closeup of a wheelie bin with the lid secured by a clip.

Bin clips are coming to Ashhurst before Christmas and to the rest of Palmy next year.

We’ve been investigating which clip is the best. Bin clips are becoming more common around the country, but we had to ensure any clip would withstand our strong Palmy winds.

We’re confident our new solution will do the trick.

We’re installing the clips in two stages

Installing the clips can be a little tricky, so we’ve decided to do it for you.

Ashhurst, you’ll get yours this November-December, and then the rest of Palmy will get them in 2022.

If you live in Ashhurst, we need you to put your orange-lid recycling wheelie bin out on your collection day each fortnight until your lid gets its new addition.

If you see someone touching your wheelie bin, don’t worry – they'll be installing your new clip!

Our installation team will be following Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. Note, we’ll put the roll out on hold if move into Covid Alert Level 3 or 4.

The clips are really easy for everyone to use

The bin clip will already be attached to the handle on top of your wheelie bin lid. When the clip isn’t done up you can open and close the bin like normal. Before you put your bin out for collection, please make sure your new clip is on.

We want you to secure the clip whenever you take it your bin out to the kerb. You can use it all the time though if your bin is in a windy spot in your garden.

How to clip your lid

  • Holding the pull tab firmly, pull the latch down so the hook engages under the bin rim.
  • Your bin lid is now securely fastened.
  • To open the bin lid, pull the tab out from the bin rim to disengage the hook.

Once your bin is clipped, only put it out for collection if it’s more than half-full

Using the clips means you will now only be able to put your wheelie bin out for collection if it is more than half full. This is because the weight of your recycling causes the clip to unhook when our trucks pick them up.

Why are we getting bin clips?

It gets pretty windy here sometimes, and sometimes our recycling bins tip over in that wind. We don’t want litter blowing around the place, so these new clips ensure your lid will stay shut in the wind.

The force of the bin being picked up by our truck causes the clip to unlatch and empty the recycling. Easy, eh?

How does it work?

Watch our video for how to secure the clip. We’re installing them to make it easy for everyone. Simply pull the long strap down and clip it.

Is it just for residents, or for businesses and schools too?

We’ll be installing bin clips for everyone who has a Council kerbside or commercial recycling service – that means education providers and companies who use our service will be receiving a clip.

How do they undo?

You undo them by lifting the clip up. When we collect your recycling, the weight of the bin being lifted upside down by the truck is enough to undo the clip and empty the bin. This will only work though if your bin is more than half full.

Does my bin need to be full?

The weight of the recycling in your wheelie bin causes the clip to unhook when our trucks pick them up. This means we need your wheelie bin to be more than half full.

Should the clip be on all the time, or just when I put it out on the kerb for collection?

We want you to put your clip on whenever you take it out to the kerb to be collected. You can use it all the time though if your bin is in a windy spot in your garden.

How much is it costing?

The cost of the clips is $180,000. We are paying for this from funding we get from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund. The fund allocates money to help cities with solutions to reduce waste and meet the goals of our Waste Management and Minimisation plan.

Can I install it myself?

For some people installing these clips might be a little tricky, so we’ve decided to install them for you. Once they’re on, they’re really easy to use.

How are they being rolled out?

We’ll be starting in Ashhurst, and then the rest of the city will get theirs in 2022. We have a team installing the bin clip, so don’t panic if you see our team touching your wheelie bin. We won’t be installing any clips if we move into Covid Alert Level 3 or 4. Our installation team will also be following Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

I haven’t got one yet, what do I do?

If you live in Ashhurst and haven’t got one by New Year, give us a call and we will get one installed for you.

I don’t put my wheelie bin out for every collection, will I miss getting a clip?

If you live in Ashhurst, we need you to put your wheelie bin out every fortnight from now until Christmas, until your lid gets its clip.

Do I have to use it?

We strongly encourage the use of the bin clips. This is so we can reduce unwanted litter.