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What you can put in your recycling

Items you can put in your recycling

  • Glass bottles and glass jars
  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans, including empty aerosols
  • Plastic bottles from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry
  • Clear plastic food containers
  • Milk and juice cartons, including Tetra Pak ® cartons (except on Great Barrier Island)
  • Paper, newspapers, magazines, advertising mail and envelopes (except on Great Barrier Island : they should be bundled or bagged, and put out next to your crate)
  • Pizza boxes (remove any leftover food) and cardboard packaging (except on Great Barrier Island : they should be bundled or bagged, and put out next to your crate)
  • Egg cartons (except on Great Barrier Island : they should be bundled or bagged, and put out next to your crate).

Before you recycle

  • Rinse all containers.
  • Leave lids on all bottles and containers (except on Great Barrier Island: take lids off all bottles and put in your rubbish bag).
  • Containers should be no larger than 4 litres.

Items you cannot put in your recycling

  • Plastic bags (They get caught in the sorting machines)
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Medical waste
  • Building waste
  • Chemicals and hazardous waste
  • Nappies and sanitary products
  • Polystyrene takeaway containers and polystyrene meat trays
  • Clothing, shoes and textiles
  • Cookware, Pyrex ® and drinking glasses
  • Window glass, mirror glass and 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)

For items not on this list, see How to get rid of unwanted items.

​You can also see the Recycling guide.