Rubbish and Recycling

New kerbside collection service starts on 30 September

Between 12 August and 17 September, every household in the collection area will get a 140L landfill bin and a 23L food scraps bin. These new bins will replace your 60L red rubbish bags.

Please keep using your red rubbish bags until the new service starts.

We’ll have more information available about the new service before the bins’ roll-out begins – keep an eye on our New Bins page for further information.

If your rubbish day lands on a public holiday your rubbish and recycling will be collected as normal. 

Rubbish and Recycling App

An exciting new project is currently underway at the region’s Resource Recovery Facility on Colson Road, New Plymouth. Find out more about the Community Reuse and Recycle Centre.

It is illegal to dump rubbish in public areas. You can keep Taranaki beautiful and help us find those responsible for dumping rubbish by reporting what you notice - phone 0800 DUMPING (386 7464) or use the form below.

If the rubbish might affect a waterway, call Taranaki Regional Council’s environment hotline on 0800 736 222.


Sorting and preparing your recycling

Remember to:

  • Place all recyclable materials into your recycling bin loosely – do not stack or sort items into boxes or bags. Stacked recyclables cannot be separated and plastic bags clog up the machinery so cannot be recycled.
  • You don’t need to remove labels from tins, bottles or jars but please rinse out all your containers to remove liquids and food scraps. Dirty recyclables cannot be recycled and will go to landfill (plus they will make your bin smell).  
  • Please remove bottle and jar lids and place them in the your red general waste bag.
  • Larger plastic container lids can be recycled as long as they are grade 1-7 (look for the triangle) and are bigger than 10cm in diameter.
  • Flatten or tear your cardboard boxes to save space.
If you want more information on what can and can't be recycled then download our rubbish and recycling app or check out our info sheet.