What plastics can I put in my recycling wheelie bin?

Only plastics 1, 2, and 5 are recycled onshore and can go into your yellow lidded kerbside recycling bins.

Plastics 3, 4, 6, and 7 are known as ‘hard to recycle’ and there are limited recycling options for them in New Zealand or overseas. They make up less than 5% of plastics currently in the kerbside recycling.

Examples of plastics 1, 2 and 5 include: milk, soft drink and juice bottles, large yoghurt containers, 2L hard ice cream containers, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese containers (only those greater than 250g and excludes single pottles), some dip containers, and some tomato, BBQ and mustard squeeze bottles. It also includes meat trays and some takeaway containers. 

Examples of plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7 include: small yoghurt/sour cream pottles, styrofoam, PVC pipes, polystyrene, biscuit and cracker trays, pill packets, some dip containers, soft plastics (plastics you can scrunch in your hand, biscuit and cracker bags and trays, bread, rice, potato bags, shiny gift wrap) and some tomato sauce, mustard and BBQ squeeze bottles.