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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.
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.
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, milk and juice cartons, including Tetra Pak ® 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
Recycling made easy publication
Recycling made easy – translated documents
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|Rubbish, recycling and food scraps bin information||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/bin-requests||Rubbish, recycling and food scraps bin information||Request new or replacement bins, bin repairs, or different-sized bins. Also find information about bin options and charges.||aspx||Rubbish
|Hazardous waste||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/Pages/hazardous-waste.aspx||Hazardous waste||Find out what is considered hazardous waste and where to dispose of it.||aspx||Recycling|
|Late or missed collections||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/rubbish-recycling-collections/Pages/late-missed-collections.aspx||Late or missed collections||Find out what to do if your household rubbish, recycling, food scraps or inorganic material was not collected.||aspx||Rubbish
|Find your rubbish, recycling, and food scraps collection day||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/rubbish-recycling-collections/Pages/rubbish-recycling-collection-days.aspx||Find your rubbish, recycling, and food scraps collection day||Search for household and commercial rubbish, recycling and food scraps collection dates.||aspx||Rubbish
|Recycle or donate||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/ways-reduce-waste/Pages/recycle-donate.aspx||Recycle or donate||Minimise waste by recycling or donating your unwanted items.||aspx||Recycling