With nearly 30 Zero Waste Stations around the district, you can now recycle and compost when you’re out and about.
Before using the bins please check before you choose. Simply match your item to images or words on the bins. If in doubt, check out the Bin Guide or place your items in the landfill bin.
If you notice that one of our Zero Waste Stations is full, has had household or other rubbish dumped near or beside it, or it needs attention, please contact us.
Doing your part to recycle reduces greenhouse gas emissions, the use of landfills and our need for raw materials.
Please only place these empty and clean recyclable items, with no lids in the recycling bin:
Once recyclable items are sorted and baled at our materials recovery facility on Colson Road, they are generally sent to the following locations:
If you would like to learn more about recycling you can arrange a tour of the materials recovery facility via the Sustainable Taranaki website.
There is no market for these hard-to-recycle plastics in New Zealand. NPDC and other councils around New Zealand are collecting only those plastic containers that can be recycled in our country – types 1, 2 and 5, which make up 85 per cent of our single-use plastic containers. You can help by checking plastic containers before you buy them and choosing only those marked as type 1, 2 or 5, or by avoiding single-use plastic containers where possible by refilling your own containers, or bulk buying
Lids fall through sorting machinery and must be cleaned up by waste staff to be sent to landfill, which costs time and money. Lids can also become projectiles, which pose a hazard to staff.
Doing your part to separate food scraps and commercially compostable containers, cups and cutlery from your landfill waste reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps make nutritious compost.
Items accepted in the compostable bin:
The kerbside food scraps bin are for food scraps only. Please place all takeaway food containers in your landfill bin or better yet, bring your own reusable containers to a participating restaurant or café and avoid the waste altogether.
As long as the contents of the bin are not heavily contaminated with non-compostable items, then the contents are taken to a commercial composting facility where they get turned into compost for gardens, putting nutrients back into the soil.
Food scraps, along with compostable containers and cups, can only break down under the right conditions in a commercial composting facility where there is good airflow and where correct ratios of nitrogen to carbon materials create the heat required for them to break down. Only a small number of facilities in New Zealand process food scraps and even fewer accept compostable containers and cups.
When food scraps and compostable cups/containers end up in our landfills, the materials are compacted and decompose very slowly without oxygen causing them to release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. According to Love Food Hate Waste, if food were a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon emission behind China and the United States.
Recycling glass bottles keeps this valuable resource out of landfills and allows them to be recycled over and over again.
Items accepted in the glass bottles bin:
Once glass bottles are sorted at our materials recovery facility on Colson Road, they are sent to Auckland for reprocessing into new bottles and jars.
If you would like to learn more about recycling you can arrange a tour of the material recovery facility via the Sustainable Taranaki website.
Lids fall through the sorting machinery and must be cleaned up by waste staff to be sent to landfill, which costs time and money. They can also become projectiles during the sorting process, which is a hazard for staff.
Doing your part to keep food scraps, compostable cups and containers, glass bottles, and clean recycling out of this landfill bin helps us on our journey to Zero Waste.
Items accepted in the landfill bin:
Items placed in the landfill bin get transported to Bonny Glen Landfill near Marton, and buried in the ground. 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.