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Kerbside recycling collection

Let’s be the best at this! There is no point in recycling if we do not do it right. It must be clean and not mixed with non-recyclables or rubbish. On this page you can find out how to do it right – important environmentally and financially.

Kerbside recycling truckFind out if your property is within the kerbside collection zone and what day your collection is here.

A Solid Waste Survey in 2019 showed that more than 60 per cent of what is going into our rubbish bins and then into the landfill could have been composted or recycled, which is why we want you to Make Landfill Your Last Choice.

Last year we collected almost 4000 tonnes of recyclable material from the kerbside (glass: 1982.08; paper/cardboard: 1282.58; plastic/cans: 625.379) – with almost all of it recycled here in New Zealand.

You can recycle:

  • Glass 
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastics (1&2) and cans

Four simple steps to recycle right

1. Wash, remove lids and flatten cardboard

Wash out jars, bottles and cans; remember no food or liquids.

Wash remove flatten

2. Any Council crate; Just seperate

Each household within the Hastings kerbside recycling zone has three crates for recycling. Recycling will only be collected in Council-issued crates. You can put out multiple crates with the same items (for example two crates of paper), but don’t mix the different categories in the same crate.

Separate items into the following categories:

Three crates

3. Stop before the top

Don’t overfill your recycling crates.

Recycling outside of the crates will not be collected, for example large cardboard boxes.

If you have excess recycling, you can save it and put it out another week or take it to one of our free recycling drop off centres

Overfill crates

If it’s windy, pop your heavier crate (bottles) on top of your crate of plastics or paper and cardboard, so it does not blow onto the street.

4. Kerbside by 7am

Place your recycling out at the kerbside by 7AM ON YOUR COLLECTION DAY. Place crates as close to the kerb edge as possible; not in the middle of the footpath.

7am clock

What you can (and can’t!) put in your crates

Paper and cardboard

Clean and flattened paper and cardboard. Large cartons can be dropped at our recycling depots or you can cut them down to fit in your crate.

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Junk mail
Egg cartons
Empty pizza boxes (remove all food)
Household packaging
Milk and juice cartons
Takeaway coffee cups
Packaging with food waste
Paper with glitter
Pet food and potato sacks

Plastic and cans

Number 1 & 2 household plastics. Wash, squash, lids off

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Kitchen, bathroom and laundry plastics
Tin cans
Aluminium cans
Plastics number 3-7
Hard plastic
Soft plastic (e.g. bags)
Paint tubs
Buckets and plant pots
Chip packets and lolly wrappers


Empty, clean glass of all colours without lids
Metal jar lids, metal bottle tops, aluminium screw caps, and fluorescent light bulbs and tubes can be recycled at The Environment Centre.

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Glass soft drink bottles
Wine, beer and spirit bottles
Broken glass
Window and mirror glass
Drinking glasses
Glass cookware
China and crockery
Light bulbs
Perfume bottles

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