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Your landfill bin

The landfill bin is for any non-recyclable or non-compostable materials. To reduce what goes into your landfill bin, recycle and compost as much as you can and donate any good-quality used items or materials.

Disposing of items in landfills takes valuable resources out of our economy, and requires new natural resources to make more products. Landfills also need to be carefully managed to minimise effects on the environment and our climate, making them expensive to run. 

Your landfill bin is picked up fortnightly with your glass crate, on the alternate week to your recycling bin. 

Your landfill bin is picked up by the mechanical arms of a landfill collection truck. To make sure your bin can be emptied, ensure that it is at least 30cm away from any other bin or crate, and 1m from any cars, fences or trees. Do not place your bin below a tree, unless there is a 3m clearance between the top of the bin and the foliage. Please keep the weight of the contents below 35kg.

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Plastic bottles and containers with 3, 4, 6 or 7 in the triangle Plastic containers with 1, 2 or 5 in the triangle
Plastic containers without a 1-7 symbol in a triangle Food scraps
Plastic bags and soft plastic wrapping/packaging. Any plastics that are soft/scrunchable can be recycled at participating Countdown supermarkets – check Soft Plastic Recycling to find out more Recyclables
Nappies, hygiene products (please wrap in other packaging or a bag) Glass bottles and jars
Pet waste (wrapped) Lithium batteries
Plastic containers without a 1-7 symbol in a triangle Hot ash
Expanded polystyrene, polystyrene foam (even with a 6 in a triangle) Medical waste and needles
Drink cartons Hazardous waste or chemicals
Lids smaller than 10 cm (these cannot be recycled) Paints, solvents and chemical containers
Coffee cups Compostable garden or green waste
Broken glass (please wrap) Liquids
Non-compostable plants, noxious weeds and pest plants including: agapanthus, flax, trandescantia/wandering willy and wild ginger

Electronics or electrical appliances

 

Reusable items in good condition (to find alternatives for disposing of these items see the Zero Waste Taranaki Directory)

 

Green waste

Compostable garden waste should not be placed in your landfill bin. Compost green waste at home or drop it at one of our transfer stations for a fee. You can also organise a green waste collection with a commercial green waste collector. 

Only these types of plants can go in your landfill bin: 

  • noxious weeds such as tradescantia/wandering willy 
  • pest plants such as wild ginger, gorse, old man’s beard or yellow ragwort
  • non-compostable plants such as flax, agapanthus or cabbage tree leaves.

You can find more information and see images of pest plants in the below document prepared by the Taranaki Regional Council. 

Regional Pest Management Plan for Taranaki

Frequently asked questions