Kerbside Recycling Service


Christmas Day and New Years Day fall on a Tuesday this year. Your kerbside recycling will be picked up a day later from your normal collection day.  For example, if your normal collection day falls on Tuesday 25 December, this will mean your collection day will be one day later, Wednesday.
If your normal collection day is a Wednesday it will be picked up on Thursday and so on throughout the week until Saturday 5 Jan 2019. This changed collection schedule will continue through the New Year week and return to the normal collection on 7 January 2019. Only Monday collections both weeks stay the same. Please note: these changes will also apply if you use the Betta Bins rubbish collection service. 

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.

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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.


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.


There is a national recycling scheme for soft plastics with drop off bins at a range of supermarkets. In the Nelson area these include Countdown and New World supermarkets. Please check with the supermarkets as to what materials they will accept.  Find your nearest drop-off point here. 


Soft plastics definitely shouldn’t go into your recycling bin – they’re too lightweight and scrunchy to be included in everyday recycling.

Confirm your collection day

Your collection day is written on your new recycling bin to make it easy to remember.

Bin sticker

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- 5 & 7 (except soft plastics)
  • Metal cans and tins
  • Paper
  • Light cardboard and corrugated cardboard

bootles cans paper ticks

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
  • Liquids
  • Rubbish
  • Dirty meat trays
  • Meat trays not numbered 1 – 7
  • Polystyrene
  • Tetra Pak®
  • Garden waste
  • Food waste
  • Disposable nappies
  • Hot ashes
  • Oven ware
  • Electrical goods
  • Engine oil bottles
  • Automotive parts
  • Paint and chemicals
  • Ceramics
  • Crockery and porcelain.

Make sure to check out the Recycling Frequently Asked Questions.