I need another green recycling crate. How do I get one?
Recycling crates are available from Waste Management Ltd, at a cost of $15.
Call free: 0800 101010.
Do I need to separate my recyclables in my crate?
No, all the district's recyclables are sent to Tauranga where state-of-the-art machinery sorts the items into their type. This saves time sorting recyclables at the time of roadside collection
What is the sticker I found on my recycling?
A sticker left on your recycling crate means the item(s) are not recyclable and should go into a wheelie bin - e.g., ceramics, plastics that do not show numbers 1 or 2. It may also mean that the recycling has been placed out for collection in a way that makes it unsafe or dangerous materials (e.g. broken glass etc.), for contractor.
What do I do with my paper and cardboard boxes?
Paper and flattened cardboard boxes should be placed inside your crate. The contractor will not collect cardboard designed for the fridge and freezer as this is waxed and can damage the recycling machinery.
Why can't I recycle all my plastics?
All plastics are recyclable from a technical perspective but currently we only recycle numbers 1 & 2. It’s not yet economically viable to recycle other grades of plastics (numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7), however investigations are being undertaken to see if other grades of plastic could be recycled in the district.
Can I recycle plastic bags?
Yes, you can. All shopping bags (like supermarket and department store bags) are recyclable. You can also recycle clear plastic wrap used to package pallets.
Can I recycle my unwanted electronic waste? (computer screens, old computer components etc)
Yes, but not through the kerbside recycling service. Some computer firms will take them off you and each year an Electronic Waste Day is held to give people an opportunity to safely dispose of their electronic waste e.g. cell phones, computers, screens etc. For more information on E-Day.
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