Kerbside Recycling Service

In October 2016 Council made changes to the kerbside recycling service, including the introduction of wheelie bins for mixed recycling. Please read on for all the information you need about the service.

recycling booklet 220When each bin was delivered with an information booklet that covered everything that was changing. If you don't still have your copy you can download it here. (3.8MB PDF)

Reminder - Plastic bags and soft plastics can't go in kerbside recycling bins

Please bear in mind that soft plastics like shopping bags or anything soft and scrunchy such as food packaging can't be recycled in your kerbside collection bins. If you put plastic bags in your kerbside wheelie bin, it can't be collected as the bags can't be processed at our plant. The good news is that soft plastic recycling is available at some local supermarkets. Find your nearest drop-off point here. 

What stayed the same?

  • Rubbish collection (through whichever contractor you use) is still weekly.
  • You can still recycle the same materials.

What changed?

  • The recycling wheelie bin for plastics, cans, paper and cardboard.
  • Your collection day may change - check your bin for details.
  • Recycling (mixed and glass) is now collected on the same day every two weeks - not weekly.
  • Your existing blue crate is now only for glass.
  • Recycling needs to be at the kerb by 7 am.
  • Recycling must be in the appropriate container - not in plastic bags and not stacked on top of or beside the wheelie bin.

Confirm your collection day

Your collection day is written on your new recycling bin to make it easy to remember.

Bin sticker

This shows whether you are assigned to Week 1 or Week 2 for recycling collections. This is the day of the week for your recycling collections. The recycling calendar here shows the weekly schedules.

All your recycling (glass and mixed) will be collected on that day, every two weeks. Your collection day won’t change on public holidays, except for some people at Christmas, New Year and Good Friday. If your collection day is going to change, this is shown on the recycling calendar.

Here's what you need to know:

Please put all your recycling (glass crate and wheelie bin) out by 7 am. As long as you’ve put your collections out by 7 am, you’ll never be missed out.

Place bins at least half a metre away from other objects and close to the kerb. Make sure the lids are closed and the front of the bin faces the road (wheels are at the back). If possible, place away from cars and overhanging trees.

What goes in your recycling bin?

  • Plastics 1 - 7
  • Metal cans and tins
  • Paper
  • Light cardboard and corrugated cardboard

bootles cans paper ticks

Learn how to recycle plastic bags.

What goes in your blue crate?

Glass - only recycle empty, unbroken glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, blue and green). Most residents will already have a blue recycling crate that they can use for glass. If you don’t have one, they are available for purchase from the Council office or from the Nelmac office in Bullen Street, Tahunanui.

For glass recycling please note:

  • Overfilled or non-rigid glass recycling containers will not be collected.
  • The blue glass recycling crates should only be filled to the lip of the crate, with contents flush with the top.
  • The weight of the container must not exceed 14kg.
  • Soft-sided or flexible plastic containers can no longer be collected as the glass is now manually sorted at the collection truck and this creates risks for staff.

What can't go in your recycling wheelie bin?

  • Glass - these must go in your blue crate
  • Liquids
  • Rubbish
  • Dirty meat trays
  • Meat trays not numbered 1-7
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic bags - learn how to recycle these
  • Garden waste
  • Food waste
  • Disposable nappies
  • Hot ashes
  • Oven ware
  • Electrical goods
  • Engine oil bottles
  • Automotive parts
  • Paint and chemicals
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ceramics
  • Crockery and porcelain

Make sure to check out the Recycling Frequently Asked Questions.