Kerbside Recycling Service: what you can and can’t recycle
Council offers a kerbside recycling service to all residential rateable properties. Please read on for all the information you need about the service or you can download the information in a booklet here (4.3MB PDF).
Here's what you need to know:
- Your recycling wheelie bin is for plastics, cans, paper and cardboard.
- Your blue crate is only for glass.
- Your collection day is listed on the sticker on your wheelie bin. You can also look it up here.
- All recycling (mixed and glass) is collected on the same day every two weeks.
- Recycling needs to be out at the kerb by 7am.
- Recycling must be in the appropriate container - No plastic bags.
Non-recyclable plastics – their number’s up: Changes to kerbside plastic recycling
From 1 July 2020, Council will only collect plastic waste types 1,2 and 5. These plastic types can be recycled within New Zealand in a sustainable manner. Plastic types 3,4,6 and 7 have to be shipped overseas and are no longer accepted by most global markets. Waste sent overseas can end up as someone else’s rubbish, incurs a large carbon cost and can be processed in countries with significantly different employment practices to New Zealand. We have urged supermarkets and retailers to phase out their use of plastic types 3,4,6,7. Any non-recyclable plastic Nelsonians do buy will go into landfill from 1 July, so where possible we ask that people avoid buying products that use it.
Common examples of plastics that can and can't be recycled
Only plastics 1,2 and 5 can be recycled.
Reminder - Plastic bags and soft plastics can't go in kerbside recycling bins
Please bear in mind that soft plastics like shopping bags or anything soft and scrunchy such as food packaging can't be recycled in your kerbside collection bins. If you put plastic bags in your kerbside wheelie bin, it can't be collected as the bags can't be processed at our plant.
WHAT IS SOFT PLASTIC?
Any plastic, even if numbered, that is soft, lightweight and can be scrunched easily. This includes bags of any description, including bread bags and carrier bags, food wrappers, biscuit trays etc.
Confirm your collection day
Your collection day is written on your new recycling bin to make it easy to remember.
This shows whether you are assigned to Week 1 or Week 2 for recycling collections. This is the day of the week for your recycling collections. The recycling calendar here shows the weekly schedules.
All your recycling (glass and mixed) will be collected on that day, every two weeks. Your collection day won’t change on public holidays, except for some people at Christmas, New Year and Good Friday. If your collection day is going to change, this is shown on the recycling calendar.
Putting out your bins
Please put all your recycling (glass crate and wheelie bin) out by 7 am. As long as you’ve put your collections out by 7 am, you’ll never be missed out.
Place bins at least half a metre away from other objects and close to the kerb. Make sure the lids are closed and the front of the bin faces the road (wheels are at the back). If possible, place away from cars and overhanging trees.
What goes in your recycling bin?
- Plastics 1, 2 and 5
- Metal cans and tins
- Light cardboard and corrugated cardboard
What goes in your blue crate?
Glass - only recycle empty, unbroken glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, blue and green). Most residents will already have a blue recycling crate that they can use for glass. If you don’t have one, they are available for purchase from the Council office or from the Nelmac office in Bullen Street, Tahunanui.
For glass recycling please note:
- Overfilled or non-rigid glass recycling containers will not be collected.
- The blue glass recycling crates should only be filled to the lip of the crate, with contents flush with the top.
- The weight of the container must not exceed 14kg.
- Soft-sided or flexible plastic containers can no longer be collected as the glass is now manually sorted at the collection truck and this creates risks for staff.
What can't go in your recycling wheelie bin?
- ANY SOFT PLASTIC, even if numbered, that is soft, lightweight and can be scrunched easily (e.g. plastic bags, bubble wrap)
- Glass - this must go in your blue crate
- Dirty meat trays
- Meat trays not numbered 1,2 or 5
- Tetra Pak®
- Garden waste
- Food waste
- Disposable nappies
- Hot ashes
- Oven ware
- Electrical goods
- Engine oil bottles
- Automotive parts
- Paint and chemicals
- Crockery and porcelain
- Anything containing liquid or foodscraps
- Large plastic items such as laundry baskets or tubing
- Clothing or fabrics
- Very small plastic items such as bottle lids (if in doubt remove lids)
Make sure to check out the Recycling Frequently Asked Questions.