From Monday 26 October (Labour Day) your rubbish or recycling will be collected one day later than usual.

Find your answer in the FAQs below.

What goes where?

Am I able to put black bags in the red rubbish wheelie bin?

Yes, you can use black bags in the red rubbish wheelie bin but you don’t have to. Rubbish can go in the bin loose, so why not save the waste and cost of plastic liners and go bag-free?

Can I put compostable products like bags and coffee cups in my food scraps bin?

No, products like 'compostable' bags, coffee cups, and other packaging cannot go into the food scraps bin because New Zealand does not currently have a standard for compostable or biodegradable plastic and can contaminate our food scraps composting system.

Which bin will I put nappies in and how will I keep my bin from smelling?

Red rubbish wheelie bin.

A community nappy trial conducted by Lake Macquarie City Council in Australia showed that the odour of bins containing nappies at the end of a fortnight were no worse than the odour of regular general waste bins at the end of a week. The trial also showed that odour does not significantly increase with time, nor with the number of nappies in the bin. But in the summer months, there are a number of things you can do to minimise the odour in your bin:

  • Wrap the nappy into itself using the tabs.
  • Seal nappies tightly in brown paper bags before placing in the bin.
  • Store the red lid rubbish bin in the shade and out of direct sunlight, if possible.
  • Consider using odour neutralising products in your red lid bin, for example bicarbonate of soda. Or add a couple of drops of lavender or tea tree oil to the top of the lid.
  • If possible, tip the contents of the nappy down the toilet before disposing.
  • Consider using modern cloth nappies, which are a cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable nappies – and they won’t fill up your bin.

These measures seem to be working really well in other parts of New Zealand, where fortnightly collections have already been introduced.

Please note the weight limit for the red rubbish bin is 40kg.

Can I put plastics 1-7 in my recycling wheelie bin?

Yes, residents can put all plastics 1-7 in their new yellow lid recycling wheelie bin however international restrictions on importing and exporting recyclables are currently affecting nationwide council recycling services.

These restrictions mean that all plastics are being collected (plastics 1-7) but not all are being recycled. In this new service, plastic types 1, 2 and 5 will be recycled but we will still need to send plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7 to landfill until another solution is found or the international restrictions change. 

Please note the weight limit for the yellow recycling bin is 40kg.

What goes in my recycling crate?

Glass bottles and glass jars.

Remember: Each household can put out one recycling crate each fortnight.