If we all recycle it helps save energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, the use of landfills and our need for raw materials.
Your yellow recycling bin is collected fortnightly. You can check when your next pick-up is scheduled by searching the bin collection schedule or downloading the free NPDC Recycling and Rubbish app to your smartphone.
If you are unsure on whether something is recyclable, search in the recycling guide.
Your yellow recycling bin is picked up by the mechanical arms of a recycling 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 70kg.
Please note: Only plastic containers (under 3 litres in size) with the number 1, 2 or 5 in the recycling triangle can go in the yellow recycling bin; all other plastics go in the red landfill bin.
|These items can go in your recycling bin|
|Cardboard (flatten, remove tape)|
|Plastic bottles and containers with numbers 1, 2 or 5 in a triangle (remove lids, rinse, do not squash)|
|Empty aerosol cans (remove lid)|
|These items cannot go in your recycling bin|
|Containers and bottles with lids on them||All lids of bottles and containers|
|Pots, pans, large metal items||Bottles with liquids in them|
|Drink cartons, juice and milk boxes||Expanded polystyrene (even with a '6' in a triangle)|
|Coffee cups||Medical waste|
|Plastic bags||Clothes, toys, shoes|
|Containers over three litres|
Soft plastic packaging and film. These can be recycled at participating Countdown supermarkets.
Plastic bottles and containers with numbers 3, 4, 6 or 7 in a triangle
|Packaging made of more than one material||Electrical items (can be taken to The Junction)|
|Shredded paper||Motor oil containers|
Check out our quick and helpful videos to learn more about how to recycle.
A number of other free or commercial recycling collections are available for households and businesses for items not collected in kerbside recycling bins. These include batteries, mobile phones and other e-waste, lightbulbs, toner cartridges, scrap metal, cooking oil, oil filters, paint and other items. Find out more below.Zero Waste Taranaki Directory