Where to start?

Finding your nearest recycling centre
Who's going to drop off or pick up your recycling?
Questions to ask a commercial collector

If you are part of the Para Kore programme start by talking to your advisor. If you aren’t start by talking to others and getting their support. Start with the simple things.

If you’re throwing all your milk bottles into the rubbish bins, start there. Find a bin and label it plastic bottles. Download our Wash and Squash sign, print it onto A3 card, laminate it if you can and then pin up on your wall above the plastic bottle bin.

Once plastic bottle recycling is going well, you can start on recycling systems and bins for cans, glass, cardboard and food. With composting systems in place or animals to feed you can also separate out food waste. Dirty paper can be separated too for composting. 

Finding your nearest recycling centre

  • Search online
  • Ring your local council or visit their website

Who’s going to pick up or drop off your recycling?

Most towns, cities and rural transfer stations in Aotearoa now have recycling options. This is usually free!

Finding someone to drop off the recycling or arranging a commercial company to pick up your recycling however is the most important step. People might be keen to do the recycling, but not so keen to drop it off. Don’t start recycling until you have got this step sorted.

If there is rubbish pick-up in your area but not recycling, try saving up your recycling and dropping it off at a transfer station when you are going that way or find someone else who can take it like a whānau member who lives in town where recycling is picked up for free.

Questions to ask a commercial collector

  • Do you provide the bins?
  • Are there rental charges for these bins?
  • What are the frequency of the pick-ups?
  • Will I be charged per pick-up or will I be charged regardless on a weekly (or fortnightly etc) basis?
  • Can I ring up when I need a pick-up?
  • Do I have to sign a contract for a specific timeframe?
  • What will the total costs be?
  • What can be put in each bin?
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