What can I recycle?

Wheelie Bin

What goes in your wheelie bin?

  • Clean plastic (grades 1 and 2 only)
  • Cleaned tins/cans
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Soy sauce bottles,
  • Hand wash and moisturiser bottles (not tubes)
  • Supplement bottles (but must be bigger than your hand)
  • Thoroughly cleaned plastic meat trays - there must be no food contamination present
  • Thoroughly cleaned sushi containers - there must be no food contamination present
  • Thoroughly cleaned vegetable containers - there must be no food contamination present  
  • Plastic jam peanut butter and marmite containers
  •  Milk bottles
  • Shampoo bottles without the pumps or lids.

    Disclaimer: Not all companies that produce these products use plastics 1-2 so we recommend looking for the recycling 1-2 symbol where possible.



What can't go in?

All plastics with grades 3 through to 7 on them.

  • Coloured chocolate, biscuit, cracker trays labelled 3 through to 7
  • Film lids from the pots or trays
  • Laminated pouches (e.g. cat food/coffee pouches)
  • Plastic bottles containing chemicals (e.g. anti freeze, pesticides)
  • Plastic toys
  • Plant pots
  • Medicine packs (e.g. headache pills, etc.)
  • Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes
  • Expanded polystyrene e.g. packaging inserts
  • Hose, tubing, PVC pipe
  • Buckets and washing baskets
  • Strapping
  • Carrier bags/plastic wrapping film e.g. bread bags and bubble wrap



What goes in your crate?

Glass (only empty glass bottles and jars - clear, amber, blue and green. No broken glass)

We DON’T recycle light bulbs and fluorescent tubes, pyrex dishes and ovenware, china and crockery – cups, saucers, plates – drinking glasses, window glass, opal glass, glass bricks, medical and laboratory glass containers, TV tubes and computer screens.

Why? Because New Zealand’s glass recycling furnaces can’t process this kind of glass.




rubbish bags

What goes in your rubbish bags?

Landfill - from 15 June 2020 you will need to include plastics grades 3 through to 7 in your Council rubbish bags. This also includes any plastics that are smaller than the palm of your hand, and any pumps from shampoo bottles, or handwash bottles etc. These fall through the gaps on the recycling conveyor belt and also contain parts such as springs that are not recyclable in New Zealand. 

If you want to reduce what goes to landfill, here's where you start. The less you put in here, the less goes to landfill. We will be sharing tips tricks and ideas to help you reduce and reuse non recylable items in your household. 

Kerbside in your area

Click on your Council logo below for more information about refuse and recycling in your area.