Rubbish and Recycling

Kerbside recycling collection

What goes in the recycling bin

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Recycling collection

Recycling is free and the more you recycle that's less rubbish going to landfill.

Note - changes to recycling plastic  

From 1 June, plastics grades 3 to 7 will no longer be accepted at the kerbside recycling or at transfer stations. This is as a result of significant changes to the global recycling market.

You can only recycle grades 1 and 2 plastics - this includes milk, drink and detergent bottles. 

Grades 3 to 7 plastic that are no longer accepted include items such as ice cream containers, yoghurt pots and takeaway containers.

For more information - questions and answers.

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 - milk, drink and detergent bottles. 
Make sure it has the symbols 1-2 only. 
No plastic grades 3-7, 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.

Where to buy a bin 

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. 

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