Your Recycling Bins

Please note: Only plastic containers 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.

To help keep resources out of landfill and continuing to be used in our economy, houses in the NPDC kerbside collection area have two recycling bins: a 240 litre mixed recycling bin, and a 60 litre glass crate.

By recycling you help save energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water and the use of new resources. Find out how to prepare your recycling and what goes in your two recycling bins below.

If you are unsure on whether something is recyclable, search in the Recycling Guide, or within the free NPDC Recycling and Rubbish app that you can download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

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It’s important that only the following items are placed in your yellow recycling bin: 

  • Paper
  • Cardboard (flatten, remove tape)
  • Egg cartons
  • Plastic bottles and containers with numbers 1, 2 or 5 in a triangle (remove lids, rinse, do not squash)
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminium cans
  • Empty aerosol cans (remove lid).

These items can not go in your recycling bin: 

  • Shredded paper
  • Plastic bottles and containers with numbers 3, 4, 6 or 7 in a triangle
  • Drink cartons, juice and milk boxes
  • Coffee cups
  • Plastic bags
  • Expanded polystyrene (even with a '6' in a triangle)
  • Soft plastic packaging and film
  • Packaging made of more than one material
  • Nappies
  • All lids of bottles and containers
  • Containers and bottles with lids on them
  • Bottles with liquids in them
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste
  • Clothes, toys, shoes
  • Large plastic items, toys
  • Pots, pans, large metal items
  • Electrical items
  • Garden waste.

Other tips:

  • To check what type of plastic your container is, look for a triangle with a number on it. Often this is located at the base of the container or on the label on the side of the container.
  • Empty and rinse containers to remove liquids and food scraps. Dirty containers go to landfill, and having them in your recycling bin may mean your recycling is not collected.
  • Leave items loose and unbagged. Items need to be separate so that they can quickly and easily be sorted in the recycling centre, items that are stacked together may end up in landfill. Plastic bags clog up our sorting machinery.
  • Leave plastic bottles unsquashed so that our machinery can sort them.
  • “Any plastics that are soft/scrunchable can now be recycled at participating Countdown supermarkets – check Soft Plastic Recycling to find out more

How do I keep my recycling bin closed?

You can pick up a FREE bin latch from any NPDC Service Centre to keep your mixed recycling or landfill bin securely closed. When the truck picks up your bin and tips it upside down the weight of what's inside will force the latch open.

Watch a video on how to attach your bin latch correctly or download the instructions showing how to attach your bin latch.

Make sure you have at least 2.3kg of waste in your bin otherwise it won't be heavy enough to force the latch open. If you have less waste in your bin, don't secure the latch when you put your bin out.

Where to put your recycling bin:

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.

Wheelie bin tow hitch

Suppliers that sell tow hitch devices that may help you get your bin to the kerbside.

Wheelie Bin Tow Hitch

Not Socks

Bin Towa

Please note that should not be taken as endorsement of these products. Please do your own research to satisfy yourself that you are making the correct purchase decision.


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Please feed your glass crate only clean glass with no lids, including:

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

These items can not go in your glass bin: 

  • Full bottles
  • Dirty jars
  • Window glass
  • Broken glass
  • Light bulbs
  • TV or computer screens
  • Drinking glasses
  • Pyrex or other glass cookware.

Please don't overfeed your glass crate.  Glassware stacked over the inside line can fall and smash, and will be too heavy for the collector to pick up.  If you have more glass than your crate can handle, try asking your neighbours if they have some extra space or take it to a transfer station for recycling which is free of charge. 

guidelines for what does and does not go in your glass bin

Glass and mixed recycling information

Why is glass separated from recycling?

We keep glass separate from mixed recycling to avoid the risk of broken glass fragment contaminating other recyclables, which means we can recycle more. This also makes recycling collection safer for our kerbside collectors and drivers.

Where do my recyclable items go?

Once recyclable items are sorted and baled at our Material Recovery Facility on Colson Road, they are generally sent to the following locations:

  • Aluminium and steel cans are sent overseas for reprocessing into new metal products.
  • Glass is sent to Auckland for reprocessing into new bottles and jars.
  • Paper and cardboard are sent to a paper mill in Auckland to make new carboard products.
  • PET plastic containers (grade 1) are recycled into new food packaging in Lower Hutt.

If you would like to learn more about recycling you can arrange a tour of the Material Recovery Facility via the Sustainable Taranaki website.

Why can't I recycle plastic containers 3, 4, 6 or 7?
There is no market for these hard-to-recycle plastics. 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.

Other recycling collections

A number of other free or commercial recycling collections are available for households and businesses for items not collected in kerbside recycling or glass bins. These include batteries, mobile phones, screens and other e-waste, lightbulbs, toner cartridges, scrap metal, cooking oil, oil filters, paint and other items. Find out more on the Zero Waste Taranaki Directory.

To find out about recycling electronic waste, go to our e-waste page.