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Rubbish & Recycling
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Recycling & Organic Waste

Presenting your recycling

Place your kerbside recycling in shopping bags or small crates. Large containers like wheelie bins won’t be picked up due to the health and safety risk they pose to the recycling collectors.


Often there is stigma around how to recycle. Explore and download the documents in the related links below to learn more about the correct recycling practices.

  • Easy as 123 - Paper
  • Easy as 123 - Bottle
  • Easy as 123 - Green Waste
  • Easy as 123 - Plastic

Look for the Triangle

Recycling Look for the Triangle

Green Bins

Large Recycling Green BinsHastings District Council’s Green Bin recycling containers can be found in multiple areas around 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. Find these centres in:

  • Martin Place, Havelock North
  • Waimarama Domain
  • Blackbridge Transfer Station, Clive
  • Pukehamoamoa
  • Tutira
  • Poukawa
  • Maraekakaho (in development)

Contact us

For more information contact Hastings District Council phone +64 6 871 5000 or email

Organic waste (food and green waste)

Solid Waste (food and green waste)The 2016 Solid Waste Survey of Napier and Hastings waste shows that the average Hastings orange rubbish bag is nearly half organic waste!

Food waste and green garden waste contributes to nearly half of our weekly household rubbish. Mixing with other materials, it creates toxic leach-ate and methane gas in Omarunui Landfill and leads to land subsidence. Visit Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand to see how much you’re wasting and to learn how to reduce your food waste & ultimately save money.


Composting is a common and simple solution to recycling garden waste and food waste. The more we compost, the less we need to send to our local Omarunui Landfill.

Organic WasteStart your own compost heap:

  • Lay twigs or straw a few inches deep on bare earth. This first layer assists in drainage and aeration
  • Alternate layers between wet (food scraps, tea bags, seaweed) and dry material (straw, leaves, sawdust).
  • Add manure, clover, buckwheat, wheatgrass, and/or grass clippings for a source of nitrogen to activate the compost.
  • Cover with wood, plastic sheeting, or carpet scraps, to trap moisture and heat.
  • Keep your compost moist and turn it with a pitchfork every few weeks to aerate the pile.
  • Compost bins are available to buy from the Hastings Environment Centre in Karamu Rd

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