Your Recycling Service

An improved recycling service was introduced in Tasman District in mid-2015.  This section explains how the recycling service works.


  • Rubbish bags are collected every week.
  • Recycling is every two weeks. The blue recycling crate is only for glass.
  • Rubbish and recycling need to be out on the kerbside by 7.00 am.


  • Right now we are not able to recycle plastic bags or tetra pak containers. However many large supermarkets now run a separate plastic bag recycling service.
  • We can recycle empty aerosol cans and clean aluminium trays.
  • Aluminium foil is normally too small to process and will not make it through our recycling processes.

What's my Recycling Collection Day?

Each recycling bin is assigned to a specific street address. Each bin’s address is written on the sticker.

bin explanation

Please put your rubbish and recycling out by 7.00 am

As long as you’ve put your collections out by 7.00 am, you’ll never miss your collection. Your recycling will be collected in two stages - so leave your bins out until both trucks have been past.

Bin Placement

  • Place bins at least half-a-metre away from other objects and close to the kerb. This gives the truck’s mechanical arm the room it needs to pick up the bin.
  • If you have trouble measuring, use the bin width as a spacer.
  • Make sure 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.

bin spacing 2015


If you have any questions about your bins, collections, or fortnightly schedules, please call the Council:

03 543 8400

What goes in my Recycling Bin?

  • Clean plastic (Numbers 1–7)
  • Clean tins/cans
  • Clean paper and cardboard

What can't go in?

  • Tetra-pak containers
  • Plastic bags
  • Glass
  • Liquids
  • Rubbish
  • Ceramics
  • Crockery
  • Porcelain
  • Hot ashes
  • Meat Trays
  • Oven ware
  • Food waste
  • Polystyrene
  • Bubble wrap
  • Garden waste
  • Aluminium foil
  • Electrical goods
  • Engine oil bottles
  • Automotive parts
  • Disposable nappies
  • Paint and chemicals

What Goes in my Blue Crate?


  • Only recycle empty, unbroken glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, blue and green).
  • Be careful not to overfill your glass above the top of the crate. Overfull crates will not be collected.
  • If you regularly have too much glass for one crate, you can purchase a second crate from the Council.

What Goes in my bags?


  • If it can’t be recycled, reused or composted it needs to go in the landfill.
  • If you want to reduce what goes to landfill, you can recycle more, and compost your food and garden waste.
  • The Council offers a $20 discount on compost bins at participating retailers
  • Remember to wrap sharp objects like broken glass.
  • No flammable or dangerous materials please.