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 the calendar and keep a copy on your device.
Please put glass in the blue crate, put paper, plastics 1, 2 & 5, cardboard and cans in the yellow-top.
Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday in 2019 and some collections will be one day later.
Please place your recycling bins and bags on the roadside in a location where our drivers can see them clearly. If you leave the area prior to collection day or have an excess, you can drop your official rubbish bags and recycling at any Resource Recovery Centre free of charge.
Make sure you do not overfill your recycling bin or glass crate, or it will not be collected.
If you need a second crate for glass, you can buy one from any council office or RRC for $20.
Collections take place every day except for Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.
The normal kerbside collection days and areas are:
|Day||Kerbside collection area|
|Monday||Golden Bay, Mārahau, Kaiteriteri, Riwaka, Brooklyn|
|Wednesday||Moutere, Coastal Tasman, Māpua, Ruby Bay, Redwood Valley, Appleby, Northern Hope (including Clover Road and Main Road Hope and Lower Queen Street)|
|Thursday||St Arnaud, Tapawera, Tadmor, Belgrove, Wakefield, Brightwater, Southern Hope (South of Main Road Hope and Bateup Road), Upper Richmond (including Hill Street odd numbered houses and above)|
|Friday||Central Richmond (inside Gladstone Road, Champion Road, Hill Street, Bateup Road / Hart Road)|
Here's how you can check:
You can also call the Council on 03 543 8400 to check your collection day.
Please note that our district is geographically widespread and not all areas are serviced – if you would like your area to be considered for an extension of service, please contact your local Council office.
Only recycle empty, unbroken glass bottles and jars.
Glass can be clear, brown, blue or green.
If you don’t have one, or if you would like another, contact your local Council office.
If you’ve got a large amount of recycling you can drop it free of charge, seven days a week at any Resource Recovery Centre.