Community & Environment

What goes in each bin

The countdown is on! With less than three weeks until kick-off, now’s the time to learn about what goes in each bin.

When the wrong items are put in the wrong bin it can cause contamination. This means the whole truckload can end up going to landfill – something we want to avoid. That’s why it’s important to take the time to understand what goes in each bin. If you don’t, it could mean your bin won’t get collected.

There are handy stickers on the top of your wheelie bins and food scraps bin to help you remember to put the correct items in each bin.

Yellow recycling wheelie bin

The yellow recycling bin is for plastics 1-7*, tins, cans, paper and cardboard. Make sure lids are removed and put in the red rubbish wheelie bin, items are rinsed, and cardboard is flattened.

*At this stage plastic types 1, 2 and 5 and paper and cardboard will be recycled. Plastic types 3, 4, 6 and 7 will be sorted and sent to landfill, until an alternative recycling option can be found. This situation is one of many challenges faced by all councils nationally because of significant changes to the global recycling market.

Food scraps bin

The food scraps bin is for anything compostable. This includes fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, egg shells and bones. You can line this bin with paper towels, brown paper or newspaper. Just please don’t use bin liners. Make sure the handle is up to lock the bin and help keep animals away. Compostable packaging and items can’t be put into this bin – even if the label says it’s compostable. This lowers the risk of contaminating our food scraps composting system, as New Zealand does not currently have a standard for compostable or biodegradable plastics.

Glass recycling crate

Your existing recycling crate will be used for glass only from Monday 31 August. Like the yellow recycling bin, items must be rinsed with lids removed. Once the new service kicks-off, we will only collect one crate only per household.

Red rubbish wheelie bin

The red rubbish bin is for items that can’t be reused or recycled. This includes non-recyclable packaging and sanitary items. Check out to find out what can’t go in this bin.


Residents should receive a handy how-to guide in their letterbox with details about what goes in each bin and when to put each bin out. You can also play our new online game to help you get the hang of what goes in each bin, playable on desktop or mobile device from

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