Matamata-Piako District Council has had a long running commitment to recycling and was the second Council in New Zealand to adopt kerbside recycling.
Each refuse rated property is issued with a green MPDC recycling bin, which should be placed on the kerb, beside your rubbish bag by 7.30am. Recycling is picked up on the same day as your refuse bag. Replacement green bins can be purchased from Council for $15.
What can and can’t be recycled?
You can recycle all paper, card, tins, glass (except blue bottles) and anything marked with the recycling grades 1-7 using kerbside recycling. Paper and card should be seperated from other recyclables and placed alongside your bin in a plastic bag or tied with string.
Do not recycle - Polystyrene (e.g.packaging, meat trays), plastic bottle tops, containers used for motor oils, herbicide or other poisons, plates, cups,mirrors,light bulbs or broken glass bottles, waxed cartons, foil lined cartons or tissues, oil soaked or food contaminated cardboard, containers greater than 4 litres, plastic wrap, shrink wrap and silage wrap, plastic bags, aerosols, plant pots and seed containers.
The chart below shows what plastics can be recycled, common examples, and what the things you recycling might end up as.
Please note that class 6 ‘Polystyrene’ refers to a type of plastic, not the white packaging material most people know as polystyrene. This is not recyclable.