Recycling collected from the kerbside (that is not contaminated with food residue) is taken to OJI in Seaview.
Once it has been sorted it is sent to the following places:
Glass is sent to O-I Glass NZ in Auckland, where it is further sorted for colour, and re-processed into new glass bottles and jars.
Watch this video to find out more about glass recycling in New Zealand:
Cans are sent to metal recyclers Macaulay Metals in Seaview, Lower Hutt.
Paper and cardboard
Paper and cardboard go to OJI Fibre, which then identifies markets for the product.
- Clear Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET 1), goes to Flights Plastics in Lower Hutt.
- Naturally coloured High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE 2) like 'clear' milk bottles and detergent containers go to Palmerston North where it is washed and turned into re-processed pellets. The raw material is then turned into items such as wheelie bins.
What happens at the recycling plant?
OJI currently relies on mechanical processes, and people hand-sorting products on conveyor belts.
We've been working with OJI since early 2019 on the addition of an optical sorter, to increase the plant’s capability. OJI were successful in gaining funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund, and are aiming to have an optical sorter in place before the end of 2020.
This video shows where your recycling goes, and what happens to it at the recycling plant. There are many different types of recycling plants in New Zealand, and this is an example of just one facility: