What goes in the bins

Learn about our different bin types and what you can/can't put in them.

What goes in the bins

 Bin group

Which bin do I use?

Not sure which bin something should go in? Search for the item/material to find out.

Save water by using dirty water (e.g. from washing dishes) or the dishwasher to rinse dirty recycling.

Our bin types

Be sure to fill each of these to the brim at most - any more and they may be difficult to collect and empty.

Rubbish Bin
Ipupara Rubbish Bin

This bin has a red lid and is collected weekly.

YES
  • Any household items that cannot be reused or recycled
NO
  • Hot ashes or liquid
  • Hazardous waste such as large batteries or gas bottles
  • Soil, bricks or rubble

Mixed Recycling Bin
Ipu hangarua Mixed recycling bin

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
NO
  • Glass
  • Batteries
  • Lids
  • Drink cartons / Tetra Pak
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic bags, cling film or soft plastics

Glass Recycling Crate
Pouaka karāhe Glass recycling crate

The blue crate for glass is collected fortnightly, alternating with the mixed recycling bin.

YES
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
NO
  • Lids
  • Tableware and Pyrex
  • Broken glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors or window glass

Green Waste Bin
Ipupara tupu Green waste bin

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
NO
  • Rubbish
  • Nappies
  • Concrete or stone
  • Food waste

Click here to find out where your recycling goes!