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For Kerbside Recycling collections go here

For Facilities for recycling drop off go here

Information about Recycling

Normal drop off recycling (cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and plastics (1, 2 & 5), cans and glass will be accepted if it is clean). Check the bottom of your plastics to find the number.

Only plastic bottles and plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5 are now acceptable for recycling in New Zealand.

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  • Red crate - for glass only
  • Black/Blue crate - for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and plastics (1,2,5) and cans. Recyclables must be clean and lids/tops removed (for rubbish) .

Allocation of Two Recycling crates 

If your house receives kerbside recycling collection as part of your rates, your property has been allocated two crates – one red for glass recycling, and one black/blue for all other recycling (paper, cardboard, plastics (1,2 & 5) and cans). Recyclables must be clean and lids/tops removed (for rubbish).

If you haven’t already got these, one crate in each colour is available to you free of charge. It is really important to use these crates, as it allows our team to easily identify recycling crates for pick-up which speeds up the collection process. It also means we know that these crates can be lifted safely by our staff, as long as they aren’t overfilled!

The crates belong to your property and must remain with your property when you move. If you require a crate for your recycling, please call the Council on 06 857 8060, or pop in and see us at our Waipawa office on Ruataniwha Street, or at the Waipawa District Library.

 Larger volumes of recycling can be taken to the Recycling Drop-Off Centres at any time and disposed of for free.

Reasons for non-collection

To ensure your recycling is able to be processed, it is important that the correct recycling is put out in the correct crate.

As from 1 November 2020, recycling crates which contain the following items will not be collected

  • Items not in a council crate (black/blue or red crate)
  • Glass mixed with other recyclables
  • Contamination - items were now washed/clean
  • Non-recyclable glass included - mirror, broken glass, window pane, cutlery/crockery
  • The bin(s) was/were overfull and items on the ground
  • Cardboard not flattened/collapsed
  • Items mixed with non-recyclables/rubbish (wrapping plastic, polystryrene, tetra paks, children's toys, aerosol spray cans, take away coffee cups, supermarket bags, Tetra Paks - milk and juice cartons)
  • Crate included plastics numbered 3, 4, 6 and 7
  • Crate included other plastics that do not display a number (non-recyclables) 

Only plastic bottles and plastic numbered 1, 2 and 5 are acceptable for recycling 

Cardboard Boxes

  • Cardboard boxes that cannot fit in your Council crate must be all folded (flattened/collapsed) and should not be placed in a cardboard box for collection
  • Folded boxes can be secured under your Council crate for kerbside collection (must not be tied together)
  • Larger boxes and volumes can be taken to the Recycling Drop-off Centre at any time and disposed of for free

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