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This page contains information about kerbside recycling, including what can and cannot be recycled.
Updated: 11/10/2019 11:08 a.m.
Items for recycling.
Recyclable items​

We actively support reducing the amount of rubbish that is sent to the landfill by providing a kerbside recycling collection to all households.

Each household is entitled to one red bin (plastic recycling) and one blue bin (glass recycling).

We also encourage and support waste reduction practices and activities to lessen the impact of rubbish disposal on the environment.

Blue bins for glass recycling arrive November 2019

Blue bins for glass bottle and jar recycling will be delivered to all households in the Whangarei District in November. When your blue bin arrives please take it inside and begin using it immediately. The new blue bins go out the same day as rubbish bags and red bins, and are collected by the same truck.

Picture of the blue recycling bin used for glass.

Put in the blue bin: glass bottles and jars - clean, unbroken, any colour.

Put in the red bin: type one and type two plastics, and tins or aluminium cans.

Collection routes

Information on the collection days for your particular location can be found by following the links below.

Urban rubbish collection schedule [311kb]

Rural rubbish collection schedule [748kb]

Changes to collection days are made as necessary during the Christmas and Easter holiday breaks only.

How recycling works

If you live on a rubbish collection route, please place all items for recycling together at the kerbside before 7.30am on the day of collection.

If you don't live on a rubbish collection route, please take your rubbish bags and recycling to the nearest intersection with a collection route, or to your nearest transfer station.

Details about our transfer stations can be viewed by following the link below.

If you have more items for recycling than can fit into a standard recycling bin, please keep the excess until the next week's collection or take it to a transfer station or Re:Sort.

We are unable to collect any extra items as the truck would fill before the end of the run and need to return to base to empty and then go out again. It would delay collection for the rest of the customers on that route.

There is no charge for recycling either at the gate or if you take your recyclable goods to a transfer station or the Re:Sort Centre.

Non-collection of recycling

If you find that we have left some of your recycling behind, it may be that the materials are not currently recycled or that you have put out too much or in non-complying containers.

Please refer to the recycling guide for more information. We may have put a sticker on your bin to indicate that there is a problem.

What's recyclable - what's not


  • Yes: whole bottles and jars - with lids removed.
    Lids on glass jars are often made from steel. You can unscrew those from the glass bottles, and place them in the recycle bin. The lids are large enough they aren't going to be lost.
    (Typically those lids are lined with a very thin layer of plastic. Because of the high-temps used to recycle metal, it's burned off.)
  • No: window glass, light bulbs, crystal, ceramics/pottery, drinking glasses, broken glass.

Bottle caps

  • Bottle caps for beer or drinks that come in glass jars can be metal or aluminium. You'll have to test it by using a magnet, and separate the steel caps from the aluminium caps.
  • You'll want to store steel caps inside of a steel can and aluminium caps inside of an aluminium one.
  • Fill the can half way full with the caps, and then place the lid of the can on top of the caps. Then crimp the opening of the can ensuring the caps and lid can't escape. You can now recycle this in your kerbside bin.

Paper and cardboard (not in recycle bins)

  • Yes: newspapers, magazines, junk mail, envelopes, flattened cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, cartons, old phone books.
  • No: plastic coated paper and card - for example, cardboard milk and juice containers. Make sure card is folded so it is smaller than your recycle bin. All paper and card should be flattened and placed beside your recycle bin. You can tie it in a bundle, or put in a plastic bag.


  • Yes: all plastics marked '1' or '2' (except containers of motor oil, please see below). Maximum size of 4 litres for all plastic containers. Plastic bottles need to be rinsed, squashed flat (if possible), remove the lids and put it in your rubbish.
  • No: plastic bags. Plastic bottles that contained motor oil, even if they are marked with a '1' or '2', as the oil contaminates the plastic and is difficult to clean off. Plastic containers larger than 4 litres cannot be collected at kerb side as they take up too much space in the truck.


  • Yes: aluminium drink cans, clean foil plates, steel food cans, empty aerosol containers. Please squash cans flat to reduce volume.

Household whiteware

  • Yes: but not for kerb side collection
  • We generally accept household whiteware free of charge at the rural transfer stations.
  • There is small charge of $7.00 for degassing LPG bottles, fridges and freezers.
  • Re:Sort has a small charge for accepting whiteware.

Follow the link below to view the Recycling Guide.

Recycling Guide [255kb]

To view the hours of operation, contact details and the changes for the Whangarei ReSort Centre, please follow the link below.

Re:Sort Centres  (www.northlandwaste.co.nz)

How recycled waste is reused

All the recycled waste collected is reused.

  • cardboard is sent to a mill in South Waikato for processing
  • paper goes to an Auckland mill to become newsprint etc.
  • glass is recycled in an Auckland plant which converts the old glass into new bottles
  • tin cans and all plastics go to Auckland where they are separated before being sent on for recycling. Tin cans to an Auckland company, plastics to a certified overseas company.

Recycling bin replacements

Your recycle bin belongs to your property.

If you move house, please leave it behind for the next occupants.

If your bin has been damaged, stolen or you have moved into a property where no bin has been left, you can pick up a new one at either of our Customer Service Centres.

If you are not able to visit in person, a friend or neighbour can pick one up for you.

If your bin is damaged please bring it in when picking up the new one so we can recycle it. Replacement bins are free of charge.


A recycling service for old and unwanted CRT television sets etc is provided at Resort and rural transfer stations. It is a user-pay scheme and items are sent to Auckland for recycling.

OfficeMax Whangarei (21 Oakura Drive, Whangarei - 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday) accept the following items for recycling free of charge:

  • Personal and laptop computers and all cables
  • Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
  • Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
  • Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems)
  • Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices
  • Cameras and video cameras

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