Recycling is free and the more you recycle that's less rubbish going to landfill.
Note - changes to recycling plastic
Grades 3 to 7 plastics will no longer be accepted for recycling due to significant changes to the global recycling market.
Households should check the grade of plastic before you buy the product. More information will be provided soon, here's the latest media release(external link)
What day is my recycling collected?
Find out what day your kerbside recycling is collected
What goes in the recycling bin
We prefer you have a council approved bin. You can purchase one from us.
All recyclables must be clean - wash, squash and sort your recycling.
Pack it all in your bin. Cardboard and paper should be flattened and kept together in a paper or plastic bag. It can be put on top or next to the bin.
Up to 5kgs of cardboard can be stacked outside the bin.
Put heavy items on top so nothing can fly away.
Collectors will empty a maximum of 2 bins per property. If you have 2 bins, put all glass in one bin.
Guide to what's recyclable
If a product is not recyclable, it'll be left in your bin, or your bin may not be emptied.
Plastics - bottles, containers, cleaning bottles.
Make sure it has the symbols 1-7 only.
No plastic bags, wrapping, polystyrene meat trays, packaging, bubble wrap, toys
Paper, cardboard, newspaper, flyers, magazines.
No tetrapak cartons, takeaway cups
Glass bottles and jars.
No broken glass, light bulbs, mirror, cookware, pyrex, crockery
Metal lids are accepted, but please separate from the jar.
Aluminium and tin cans, empty aerosols
No pots, pans, car parts, mixed media, clothing, shoes, textiles
No hazardous items like batteries, gas bottles, chemicals, ash or paint.
No clothing, shoes, textiles.
Here's a guide to recycling paper, cardboard, cans, plastics and glass [PDF, 4.9 MB]
You can take extra glass and other recyclables to the drop-off centre at 75 Innes Street or to your rural transfer station.
If you move house, you should leave the recycling bin behind for the next occupiers.
You can put out 2 recycling bins per property. Recycling bins are available from customer service or Waste Management NZ Ltd for $10 each.
If you move to a rental property and there's no recycling bin, contact your landlord or agent.
If you've built a new house, you need to sign up for kerbside collection at customer service, then you'll get your stickers and recycling bin.
Look after your bin, try not to leave it out too long after it's been emptied.
We prefer you have a council approved bin. If you use your own crate, it must be of similar size and strength as a council approved bin. The contractors will not accept large crates such as vege or fish crates.