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Information on just what can be recycled (and what cannot) is all on this page - as well as links to brochures explaining just what happens to the material we recycle, information on how our kerbside recycling service works, and where you can go to drop off recycling if your home is not on a service route.

Image of Kerbside Recycling. Rubbish audits show that about 75 per cent of the material we put in our rubbish bags and bins could be composted, reused or recycled. On top of that about 30 per cent of the rubbish being dumped at the district's transfer stations could also be recycled.

Recycling is not only good for the environment, but also means that the current landfill valley will take longer to fill and therefore the expensive construction of a new one can be deferred.

How to recycle

Hastings and Napier do not have recycling available for soft plastics. Reduce your reliance on soft plastics as they must go to the Omarunui Landfill.

What can and can't be recycled.

Presenting your kerbside recycling

Place your recycling at the kerb in front of your home in small crates or  (one for paper and cardboard, one for glass, and one for plastics and cans) before 7.30am on your collection day. . The maximum weight is 10kg per container. To check which day recycling is collected in your street see Rubbish FAQs.

Our recyclers sort items at the kerbside to help educate us on what can and cannot be recycled in Hawke's Bay. If some items are left with a sticker, this means:

  1. The item cannot currently be recycled in Hawke’s Bay and/or
  2. It is contaminated with food/non-recyclables

Despite having a recycling triangle symbol on them, some items cannot be recycled in New Zealand. Examples of these include:

  • Takeaway coffee cups
  • Tetrapak juice and milk cartons
  • Foil packets (for example chip packets);
  • Expanded polystyrene (such as grade six meat trays); and
  • Plastic packets (for example frozen vegetable packets).

Green bins

Recycling compostingFor those who do not live on recycling routes (particularly rural areas) Hastings District Council’s Green Bin recycling containers have been set up in many places across the district. These bins provide an effective recycling system that is user-friendly, safe and easy to maintain. Once full, these bins are loaded up on the back of a hook truck for straightforward transportation and emptying. The containers are in:

  • Martin Place, Havelock North
  • Waimarama Domain, Waimarama
  • Blackbridge Transfer Station, Clive
  • Pukehamoamoa
  • Tutira
  • Poukawa
  • Maraekakaho
  • Henderson Road Recycling Centre 

Recycling FAQs

  • Do you provide recycling bins? Or can we buy these?
    Council does not supply recycling bins. You are able to use a container of your own choice provided it is not too large (wheelie bins use for recycling will not be collected) To help you choose the right recycling container please see the guide in the related documents section.
  • My recycling has not been collected?
    Contact Hastings District Council on +64 6 871 5000 or Green Sky Waste Solutions on 0800 229 732

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