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New Zealand (except Auckland) is in Alert Level 2. Council offices and facilities are open, with social distancing and face coverings required. Click here for further details of Council services, including kerbside and Refuse Transfer Stations. If you are struggling to meet your costs, please call 0800 559 009 or click here for further details. Need to talk? 1737 is a free to call or text from any landline or mobile phone and is available 24/7. Youthline is free and available 24/7 to support our young people, call 0800 37 66 33.


recycling crate

Your green crate is for glass only (clear, brown, blue, green such as bottles, jars). No broken glass.

Note that we don't recycle light bulbs and fluorescent tubes, pyrex dishes and ovenware, china and crockery, cups, saucers, plates, drinking glasses, window glass, opal glass, glass bricks, medical and laboratory containers, TV tubes and computer screens. Why? Because New Zealand's glass furnaces can't process this type of glass. Rubbish bags are collected by hand, so please wrap broken glass in paper before putting it into your MPDC bag to prevent the runners being injured.  

Replacement green crates are available from Council offices - fees apply.


wheelie bin


Your wheelie bin is for clean plastic (1 and 2), clean tins/cans, paper and cardboard

Do not put liquids, soft plastics (such as rice/pasta/bread packaging) rubbish, ceramics, crockery, porcelain, hot ashes, ovenware, food waste, polystyrene, bubble wrap, garden waste or grass clippings, electrical goods, engine oil bottles, automotive parts, disposable nappies, or paint and chemicals or shredded paper in your bin or it will not be collected.

If it's smaller than your palm, such as lids, some supplement bottles and shredded paper, please don't recycle them as they fall through the conveyorbelt during sorting and will go to landfill anyway. 

For FAQs and other information on the changes to recycling go to

Replacement wheelie bins or wheelie bins for new properties can be arranged through Council - phone us on 0800 746 467. Small bins (80L), and standard bins (240L) - fees apply.


Recycling Plastics

The chart below shows what plastics can be recycled at the kerbside and refuse transfer stations, common examples, and what the things you are recycling might end up as.

Symbol Plastic Type Common uses Possible End Use
Recycling symbol 1 PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Soft drink and water bottles and some milk bottles Pillow and sleeping bag filling, clothing, soft drink bottles, carpet
recycling sumbol 2 PE-HD
(High Density Polyethylene)
Milk bottles, shampoo, detergent, hand wash and detergent bottles  and some supplement bottles (provided they are bigger than the palm for your hand).  Recycling bins, compost bins, buckets, detergent containers, posts, fencing, pipe

For more information contact Customer Services on 0800 746 467.