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Recycling Information

Normal drop off recycling ( small 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 plastic bottles and plastics (1,2,5) and cans. Recyclables must be clean and lids/tops removed (for rubbish)
  • Teal crate - for paper & small cardboard volumes. Please collapse down as much as possible

Allocation of Three Recycling Crates

If your house receives kerbside recycling collection as part of your rates, your property has been allocated three crates – one red for glass recycling, one black for plastics (1,2 & 5) and cans and a teal crate for cardboard and paper. 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 (DOCs) 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.

Recycling crates which contain the following items will not be collected

  • Items not separated into correct council crate (Black-plastic/cans. Red-glass. Teal-cardboard/paper)
  • Items not in a council crate (black, teal or red crate)
  • Glass mixed with other recyclables
  • Contamination - items were not washed/clean
  • Non-recyclable glass included - mirror, broken glass, window pane, cutlery/crockery
  • The crate/s was/were overfull
  • Cardboard was outside the crate - Contractor can only collect cardboard inside the crate and the crate should not be overfilled
  • Items mixed with non-recyclables/rubbish (wrapping plastic, polystyrene, 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)

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

Cardboard Boxes

  • Larger cardboard boxes and cardboard box volumes can be taken to the recycling drop-off centre (DOC) at any time and disposed of for free.

Rural Recycling Trailers

We have rural recycling trailers that operate in our rural townships each week. See schedule below for the days they will be at each location from 8am to 4pm every week.

Please note, the Rural Recycling Trailers don't operate on Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Sometimes the service may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances - severe weather events or unplanned road closures for example. We will let people know via our Facebook page and this website as soon as we can. 

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