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What you can put in your recycling

You should know

From February 2024 the government will standardise the materials which councils can accept in their recycling collections.
To help people prepare, we have updated our recycling guidance to reflect the upcoming changes.
Our website has the most up-to-date information for Auckland Council kerbside recycling.
For information and updates on the national standardisation programme see the Ministry for the Environment

Image contains recycling items including glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and cans, plastic trays and containers, cardboard pizza boxes and tin cans.

Items you can put in your roadside recycling bin

  • Glass bottles and glass jars (empty and clean).
  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans (empty and clean).
  • Plastic bottles (grades 1, 2 and 5) from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
  • Plastic food containers (grades 1, 2 and 5).
  • Newspapers, magazines, and advertising mail.
  • Paper, cardboard including empty pizza boxes, egg cartons and window envelopes.

If you live on Aotea / Great Barrier Island, you need to flatten and securely bundle or bag your paper and cardboard items and place them next to your crate.

Get a free recycling items sticker

You can use our free recycling items sticker to make it easier to sort your recycling.

This sticker has pictures of items that are accepted for recycling and can be placed under the bin lid.

Email with your name and postal address to request a recycling items sticker.

Before you recycle

  • Empty and rinse all recyclables and place them loose in your roadside recycling bin.
  • Take lids off all bottles and containers and put them in your rubbish bin.
  • Containers should be no larger than 4L (except Aotea / Great Barrier Island where containers should be no larger than 5L).
  • Remove bubble wrap, polystyrene or plastic packaging from cardboard boxes – but tape and labels can remain.
  • Items should be larger than 50mm x 50mm.

Items you cannot put in your recycling

  • Bagged recycling or rubbish.
  • Soft plastic packaging.
  • Food waste.
  • Clothing, shoes and bedding.
  • Medical waste (including face masks).
  • Garden waste.
  • Building waste.
  • Chemicals and hazardous waste.
  • Nappies and sanitary products.
  • Empty aerosol cans.
  • Liquid paperboard (e.g. milk and juice cartons).
  • Cookware, Pyrex ® and drinking glasses.
  • Window glass and mirror glass.
  • Light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and lamps, including Compact Fluorescent Lamps – they contain toxic mercury.
  • Electronic and electrical items.
  • Batteries – lithium batteries can explode and have been known to cause fires in recycling trucks.
  • Gas bottles.
  • Polystyrene packaging.

To dispose of the above items, and to search for items not on this list, see How to get rid of unwanted items.

For details on disposing of plastic grades 1-7, see Waste Nothing.


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