Kerbside collections

Details of collections. Bins should be out by 7.00 am please.

Plastic recycling has changed - only 1, 2 & 5 numbered plastics now accepted

From now only we’ll only be collecting plastics that can be recycled in New Zealand – these are the ones labelled with 1, 2, and 5. These three plastic types are the most common, representing around 85-90% of the plastics we use. Most of the containers that you use will still be recycled: soft drink and water bottles, clear plastic meat trays, plastic milk bottles, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry products, and ice-cream, butter and takeaway containers.

The plastics that we will not collecting anymore are plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7. These plastics are used in some food and product packaging like single serve yoghurt pottles and most sour cream containers. These cannot be recycled in New Zealand and are very difficult to find an overseas market for. There is also concern that some of these plastics may not be recycled appropriately.

So please start thinking about the plastics that you buy, reduce plastic where you can, starting checking the number and aim to buy only 1, 2 and 5 so less plastic goes to landfill.

This change came into effect on 1 July 2020.

Download poster of plastic recycling changes (pdf, 572 KB)

Download poster of plastic recycling examples

Download poster of our top ten recycling tips

Recycling calendar

Download the 2020/2021 Recycling Collection Calendar here (pdf, 2.1 MB).

Download the calendar and keep a copy on your device.

Key information

  • Rubbish bags are collected every week.
  • Recycling (glass and other recycling) is collected every two weeks.
  • Your collection day is printed on your recycling bin.
  • Place rubbish and recycling at the kerbside by 7.00 am.

Rubbish bags

  • Please note only rubbish in official rubbish bags will be collected.
  • Bags are available from Council offices. 45-litre bags are $2.40 and 60-litre bags are $3.10.
  • All major supermarkets sell Council rubbish bags.

Recycling collections

Download your kerbside recycling guide (pdf, 3.4 MB)

Please put glass in the blue crate, put paper, plastics 1, 2 & 5, cardboard and cans in the yellow-top.

Related links

Holiday collections
Normal timetable
I'm not sure of my collection day or area. Can you help?
What goes in my recycling bin?
Glass in the blue crate
Got too much recycling? Free drop-off

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