Which bin do I use?
Not sure which bin something should go in? Search for the item/material to find out.
Our bin types
This bin has a red lid and is collected weekly.YES
- Any household items that cannot be reused or recycled
- Hot ashes or liquid
- Hazardous waste such as large batteries or gas bottles
- Soil, bricks or rubble
This bin has a yellow lid and is collected fortnightly, alternating with the glass crate.YES
- Plastic containers marked with recycling numbers 1, 2 and 5 (look for the triangle on the bottom
- Paper and cardboard
- Tins and cans
- Drink cartons / Tetra Pak
- Plastic bags, cling film or soft plastics
The blue crate for glass is collected fortnightly, alternating with the mixed recycling bin.YES
- Glass bottles
- Glass jars
- Tableware and Pyrex
- Broken glass
- Light bulbs
- Mirrors or window glass
This bin has a green lid and is collected every 4 weeks. Use it for garden waste only.YES
- Grass clippings
- Plant cuttings
- Wood cuttings smaller than 20cm diameter
- Flax and cabbage tree leaves
- Concrete or stone
- Food waste
Where does my recycling go?
Find out where your recycling goes and what happens to it at the processing plant.
Glass is sent to VISY in Tāmaki Makaurau /Auckland, where it is further sorted for colour, and re-processed into new glass bottles and jars.
Cans and Tins
Rinsed cans and tins from your yellow-lid recycling bin have a much shorter journey: they go to metal recyclers Macaulay Metals in Seaview, Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai / Lower Hutt.
Paper & Cardboard
Paper and cardboard goes to Oji Fibre in Seaview, where the team sorts each item before identifying markets to maximise their recycling potential.
Plastics (HDPE 2)
Naturally coloured high-density polyethylene (HDPE 2) – like 'clear' milk bottles and detergent containers – go to Aotearoa NZ Made in Te Papaioea / Palmerston North, where they’re turned into re-processed pellets. The raw material is then turned into items such as wheelie bins.
Polypropylene (PP5) – which is used to make a wide variety of products, from sports gear to medical equipment – is sent to Astron Sustainability in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, where it is taken through extensive processing to turn it into recycled resin.
Contaminated & Unsuitable items
Sadly, these all go to landfill! Please make sure that your recycling is clean, with no food scraps, before putting it into your yellow-lid recycling bin. If you’re unsure whether an item should go into your recycling bin or your rubbish bin, look it up via the ‘What goes in the bin’ search bar.