Rubbish and recycling

Inorganic collections

The future of your inorganic collection

Inorganic collections are changing.

From September 2015, we will introduce a new service that will replace different existing systems with one consistent service.

The new service will:

  • be an annual service to households
  • be funded by rates
  • be bookable
  • be provided on-property (material will not be picked up from the street)
  • help increase the amount of material we can reuse or recycle.

How the new service will work:

  1. You will receive a flyer in your letterbox when its your turn to book a collection. It will explain more about how to book and what we collect.
  2. Make a booking either online, by phone or at one of our service centres.
  3. We will let you know when your items will be picked up.
  4. Place items for collection on your property (not the kerbside). Items should be clearly identified and accessible for the contractor. Items left on this kerbside are considered illegal dumping and can lead to fines of up to $400.

Developing a new resource recovery network

We will develop a network of community recycling centres over the next 10 years.

Once developed, residents will be able to drop off unwanted goods at any time of the year.

Resources recovered from inorganic collections will provide materials to those centres, as well as charities. Collecting items from on-property will also ensure materials are intact and reusable.

We expect that the centres will become community destinations for reusing, recycling and refurbishing items, and offer business and job opportunities for local people.

Next collections

Inorganic collections will run throughout the year and your collection could be any time during the year.

You will receive a leaflet in your letterbox advising you to book a collection a few weeks before the collection is due to start.


Collection schedule

North Shore, Rodney, Waitakere

From September 2015

Central, Franklin, Manukau, Papakura

From February 2016

Hauraki Gulf islands

On island solutions to be provided

What you can put out

Residents can put out up to one cubic metre of material on their property for collection - that's about the same as a small trailer load. The items should be able to be lifted by two people. 

Items we will collect:

  • Whiteware
  • Lawnmowers
  • Corrugated iron
  • Bicycles
  • Carpet
  • Furniture
  • Metal pipe
  • Televisions
  • Appliances

To find out how to responsibly dispose of TVs, DVDs, computers, e-waste or home appliances in alternative ways see Ways to reduce your waste.


What we will not collect

We will not collect:

  • Household rubbish - this should be put out in your regular collection
  • Recyclables - these should be put out in your regular collection
  • Building, trade or demolition waste (rubble, concrete, bricks, wood and glass)
  • Green waste (grass clippings, and tree and hedge trimmings)
  • Tyres
  • Car parts
  • Plaster board
  • Liquids - especially paint
  • CNG or LPG containers
  • Oil or petrol containers
  • Any items containing asbestos
  • Non-complying and hazardous waste - take your hazardous waste to a waste transfer station

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