Kerbside collection FAQs

Kerbside collection FAQs


Recycling FAQs

How do I get a new/second recycling crate?

Every home in Hamilton has one recycling crate supplied to it. Each household can put out up to two recycling crates on collection day*.

If your recycling crate is misplaced or stolen, or a second crate is needed, it is up to the occupier/tenant to purchase a crate for $15 from Hamilton City Council, Municipal Building, Garden Place.

It is always a good idea to use a permanent marker to write your street address on the crate (at least two sides) in big print.

*Please note that in the new service starting 31 August residents will only be able to put one crate out for collection and this will be for glass only.

I just moved into a newly built property, how do I get a recycling crate?

Every new build home that receives the Council kerbside recycling service is entitled to one free crate*. These can be collected from Hamilton City Council, Municipal Building, Garden Place (Ph. 07 838 6699).

Please note you will need to provide evidence of your code of compliance.

*When the the new service begins from 31 August residents will only be able to put one crate out for collection and this will be for glass only.

I just moved into a property and there is no recycling bin, what do I do?

Every home in Hamilton has a recycling bin supplied to it. If the property has recently been sold or tenanted, then the recycling bin may have gone with the previous owner/occupier.

It will be up to the new occupier to purchase a replacement crate for $15.00 from Hamilton City Council, Municipal Building, Garden Place (Ph. 07 838 6699).

Each property is eligible to put out up to two recycling bins.

Why can we only recycle plastics 1 and 2?

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. Only plastics 1 and 2 can currently be recycled. These plastic types are not affected by the restrictions because they have healthy markets and export opportunities.

The plastics which currently cannot be recycled under the existing kerbside collection system are types 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. This means that councils around the country are now having to temporarily stockpile these plastics or send them to landfill.

However, when Hamilton City Council’s new rubbish and recycling service begins (on 31 August), Council will be able to add plastics 5 into its recycling services, alongside plastics 1 and 2.

From that point, Council will still collect all plastics 1-7 in the new yellow recycling wheelie bin, but will still need to send plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7 to landfill until another solution is found or the international restrictions change.

 

What happens with wind-blown recyclables?

A Council contractor will endeavour to pick up wind-blown recyclables. Everyone can help by putting lighter items such as plastics at the bottom of the crate, and heavier items such as glass bottles on top. Tying paper and cardboard recycling together will also reduce loose items blowing away.


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Rubbish FAQs
Recycling FAQs