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What you can and cannot put out for inorganic collection

Ngā mea e āhei tō tuku ki ō kohinga paraumu kore

​Items we accept for inorganic collection

Our inorganic collection service is now focused on reuse, recycling and diverting waste from landfills.

We can't provide an exhaustive list, but examples of items that are acceptable are:

  • large appliances – empty fridges, freezers, washing machines and ovens
  • small appliances – kettles, irons and vacuum cleaners
  • furniture – beds, couches, chairs, kitchen items and ornaments
  • sporting items – gym equipment, bicycles and toys
  • outdoor equipment – unassembled trampolines and basketball hoops
  • outdoor items – barbecues, garden tools and outdoor furniture
  • renovation items – carpet, timber (without any exposed nails), tools, fixtures and fittings, baths and sinks (metal and plastic only)
  • lawnmowers – with petrol and oil removed
  • electronics – TVs, computers, phones and DVD players

Our tip

Consider donating or selling these items before putting them out for your collection.

Items we do not accept for inorganic collection

We do not accept the following items as part of our inorganic collection service:


See What you can put in your rubbish.

Recyclable packaging

See What you can put in your recycling.

Other items

See How to get rid of unwanted items to get disposal options for:

  • bags of rubbish, including items contained in Flexi-bags
  • household recycling material – containers, paper or cardboard
  • polystyrene,including bean bags and bean bag beans
  • garden waste – grass clippings, and tree and hedge trimmings
  • vehicle parts – automotive or boating items of any kind (tyres, parts, seats, engines, etc.)
  • construction, demolition or trade waste – tiles, plaster / gib board, concrete, ceramic or porcelain, toilet bowls or toilet seats
  • any items containing concrete, porcelain or ceramic material (planters, umbrella bases, pavers, etc.)
  • glass of any kind
  • clothing of any kind
  • liquids – oil, petrol, paint and chemicals
  • hazardous waste – poisons, batteries and medical waste
  • asbestos – fibrolite, floor coverings made of asbestos, lagging and ceiling coating.
  • gas cylinders – CNG or LPG containers
  • weapons of any kind (e.g. swords and guns)
  • wheelie bins of any kind.

How much you can put out for collection

This image shows how much inorganic material you can put out for collection.

It's around the size of one small trailer load.

Items should be small or light enough to be lifted by two people.

An illustration of typical objects you can put in your inorganic collection

Inorganic material we do not collect

We do not collect inorganic material if:

  • it has been placed outside your property on the kerbside (this is deemed illegal dumping and could incur a fine of up to $400)
  • more than the allowable amount has been put out
  • the collectors were unable to get access (gates were locked or dog not contained)
  • there were prohibited or hazardous items
  • the material was not out by 7am on your collection day.

There may be a card left in your letterbox explaining why we haven’t collected your inorganic material.

If you have complied with the terms and conditions of the inorganic collection and your inorganic items were not collected, call us on 09 301 0101.