Did you know that 75% of your rubbish can be recycled? That means fewer rubbish bags for you to buy, less rubbish in the landfills, and a healthier planet.
Check out this video on how and why you should recycle at home.
Download a printable brochure on our local recyling information (PDF 390 KB). You're welcome to use this at your local school or organisation.
Download the Sam the Seagull pamphlet on rubbish and recyling (PDF 746.7 KB)
Collection of your recycling
Using your Council recycling bin, make sure your recycling is out on the kerbside by 7.30am on collection day. Recycling is collected by Transpacific Waste Management.
When will my recycling normally be collected?
Your recycling will be collected at the same time as your general rubbish:
- Monday - Eastbourne, Eastern Bays, Seaview, Gracefield, Waiwhetu, Waterloo, Epuni East, Fairfield, Moera
- Tuesday - Petone, Alicetown, Hutt Central, Woburn, Epuni West
- Wednesday - Western Hills - which includes Korokoro, Maungaraki, Normandale, Harbour View, Tirohanga and Belmont, Hebden Crescent, Liverton Road, (Except Kelson) Haywards Hill, Belmont Domain, Manor Park, Boulcott, Avalon
- Thursday - Naenae, Taita, Pomare, Stokes Valley
- Friday - Wainuiomata, Moores Valley Road, Kelson
How do I pack my recycling bin?
To prevent the items in your recycling bin blowing out with the wind, place the heaviest items on top, or use an Enviro Flexinet.
For the best use of space, follow these three simple steps:
- Place glass loose in the bottom of your green bin.
- Bundle up newspapers, cardboard and advertising mail with string, or pack them tightly so they don’t blow out
- Wash, but don't squash plastic* containers, aluminum cans, and steel cans.
Recycling plastics are graded from 1-7 except from expanded polystyrene which cannot be recycled e.g. 'foam' meat trays and packaging.
Where can I get a new recycling bin and how much does it cost?
For $15 you can buy a new recycling bin from Council's main building at 30 Laings Road. We also advise you to use Flexinets – they fit over the top of your bin to keep your recycling in. Flexinets cost $13 for a 55 litre bin.
What we do and do not recycle
- Aluminium and tin cans
- Glass bottles and jars (unbroken)
- Flattened cardboard and paper – including windowed envelopes, magazines, junk mail, and egg cartons
- No lids on bottles
- Meat tray - plastic only (not foam/polystyrene)
- Plastic containers, supermarket, bread bags and bottles - (Number 1 to 7 excluding polystyrene)
- Paper cartons
We don’t recycle:
- Anything contaminated with food - rinse it first!
- Aluminium foil
- Appliances - take them to Earthlink's Waste Smart shop
- Batteries - put small amounts in your rubbish
- Broken, ceramic, frosted, window or Pyrex glass
- Bubble wrap - put in a soft plastic recycling bin at your supermarket
- Cardboard in large quantities like TV or fridge packaging - take to a recycling station
- Ceramics (cups, plates etc.)
- Chippie packets - put in a soft plastic recycling bin at your supermarket
- Clothing - put it in a local clothing bin
- Computer parts and accessories - take to Earthlink for e-waste recycling
- Foil sachets
- Food scraps - try composting!
- Glasses (drinking)
- Ice cream wrappers
- Juice cartons
- Kitchen utensils and appliances (plastic, metal and wood) - take to op shops or Silverstream landfill collection area
- Light bulbs
- Milk cartons (card/plastic)
- Plastic toys - take to op shops
- Plastic wrap - put in a soft plastic recycling bin at your supermarket
- Polystyrene (cups, containers and packaging)
- Silver foil, including food trays made of foil
- Waxed Paper
- Wood items (toys, utensils) - take to op shops
- Window glass - take to building recyclers
Learn how recycling works
Did you know that all recycling in New Zealand is hand sorted? Learn what happens at a recycling plant, and what items can be recycled.
Recycling station locations
Community recycling stations are free and they’re generally open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Where’s my nearest recycling station?
You’ll find your local recycling station in:
- Alicetown - on Wakefield Street between Rush Grove and Victoria Street
- Kelson - off SH2 on Major Drive
- Naenae - in the carpark of the Naenae Hotel, off Vogel Street and Everest Avenue
- Wainuiomata - off Parkway, in the Frederick Wise Park Carpark adjacent to the softball diamond
- Silverstream Landfill (normal tip fees will apply) - now only takes paper and card board
- Seaview Recycling Station - 27 Seaview Road (Seaview Transfer Station)
How do I use the recycling station?
When you drop off your recycling:
- Make sure your containers are empty and rinsed out
- Remove all tops but do not squash plastic containers
- Where bins allow, separate glass into the colours indicated. Light blue bottles should go with the whites, dark blue bottles with the browns
- Flatten cardboard to save space - or use to package other paper
What can’t be recycled:
- Is your recycling dangerous, unpleasant or unhealthy to handle? If so, please don’t leave it at the recycling station
- If you think your recycling could attract rats, please don’t leave it at the recycling station
- Old furniture - please offer it to one of the op shops or contact Earthlink. If it's no longer useable it should go to the landfill
- If your items can be repaired and tidied for reuse, they can be taken to or collected by Earthlink.
If non-recyclable products are put in the recycling bins, the load gets contaminated and it can’t be recycled.
Reporting illegal dumping or damage to bins
If you see people illegally dumping rubbish, please report it to us with as much detail as possible including:
- The time, date and place
- What type of rubbish was dumped
- Whether it was put in the bin or beside it
- The registration, make, model and colour of the vehicle involved, and a description of the people
If you see taggers or people damaging bins, call the Crimestoppers Hotline on 0800 555 111. Your name and details won't be taken down or used in any action resulting from your call.
Earthlink Recycling Shop
About Earthlink Recycling Shop
With our support, Earthlink Inc. runs a recycling and retail shop where all your pre-loved treasures can find a new home. If you’re looking to find a few treasures for yourself you can visit the Earthlink Recycling Shop at 25 Peterkin Street, Wingate.
Quality used items such as toys, books, furniture, sports gear, whiteware, computers, TVs, tapes, CDs, and records are sought after by Earthlink staff who skilfully repair and refurbish these items before they are put on sale at the shop.
Earthlink Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation supporting people with mental health disability issues into employment.
Location and Opening hours:
Items for the Earthlink Recyling Shop can be dropped off during opening hours or you can leave them in the recycling bays at Silverstream Landfill. Sometimes collection can be arranged - just call the shop on 04 567 7111 to discuss.
The Earthlink Recycling Shop is open:
Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Earthlink is open to the public at 25 Peterkin Street, Wingate, Lower Hutt.
What happens to your recycling?
Your recycling gets processed and turned into new products.
What happens to glass?
Your glass is sent to Auckland where it’s melted and remade into glass bottles.
What happens to tins?
Tins are squashed and tied together and sent to Auckland. They're melted down to make flat sheets of steel which are then made into new products.
What happens to aluminium?
Aluminium cans are baled and sent to local metal recyclers. They send it on to Bluff to be melted into ingots for making into new drink cans.
What happens to plastic?
The plastic is baled and the majority is sold to South East Asian countries. The plastic is then chipped, washed and melted down and made into things like car bumpers, motor oil bottles, detergent bottles, pipes, pails, new trash bags, pallets, non food bottles and material fibres that make things like polar fleece clothing, sails for boats, carpets and fibrefill.
Sustainable markets are being developed for grades 3 to 7 and current uses include electronic equipment cases, car interiors, food packaging, and flooring. Grade 6 (polystyrene) recovery isn’t viable at this stage.
Locally we can now recycle PET (#1) plastic bottles & containers back into food packaging- right here in the Hutt at NZ’s first & only food grade wash plant!
What happens to paper and cardboard?
Paper and cardboard gets separated into newspaper, magazines, mixed paper and corrugated cardboard. Roughly half is sent to mills in New Zealand with the remainder exported to South East Asian countries.
Some of the new pulp is screened and dried, turning it into new cardboard. Cardboard pulp is combined with other paper pulp to make paper towels and toilet paper. It's also shredded and used in some cat litters. Recycled cardboard has many uses in creating fibre boards and manufactured wood products.