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.
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:
Wash out jars, bottles and cans; remember no food or liquids.
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:
Don’t overfill your recycling crates.
Recycling outside of the crates will not be collected, for example large cardboard boxes.
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.
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.
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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Empty pizza boxes (remove all food)
|Milk and juice cartons
Takeaway coffee cups
Packaging with food waste
Paper with glitter
Pet food and potato sacks
TOP TIP: If you have large cartons to recycle, you can drop them off for free at your local recycling depot, or cut them down to fit in your crate.
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|Kitchen, bathroom and laundry plastics
|Plastics number 3-7
Soft plastic (e.g. bags)
Buckets and plant pots
Chip packets and lolly wrappers
TOP TIP: Environment Centre Hawke's Bay can also take milk bottle tops, metal jar lids, aluminium screw caps, metal bottle tops, coffee capsules, plastic bottle tops, oral care products, aluminium foil and trays, batteries, bread tags and glad brand food wrap, ziplock bags and food storage containers.
The recycling teams will not empty bins that weigh more than 10kgs.
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Glass soft drink bottles
Wine, beer and spirit bottles
Window and mirror glass
China and crockery
TOP TIP: Metal jar lids, metal bottle tops, aluminium screw caps and fluorescent light bulbs and tubes can be recycled at Environment Centre Hawke's Bay.
Sometimes eager recyclers may want to recycle things we don’t collect through our kerbside collection. But there are really good reasons not to do that.
Your recycling may get left behind if the wrong things are in your crate. We know this is frustrating when you were trying to do the right thing. The ultimate aim is to be able to make new products – and mixing them or including the wrong items means this does not happen.
Plastics stamped with a 1 or 2 are sorted from the cans in a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Kopu, near Thames.
DID YOU KNOW? Your recycling crates are made in New Zealand from 40% recycled milk bottles?
Our paper and cardboard goes straight from kerbside to local company Hawk Packaging who turn it into fruit trays.
Our glass goes to Visy Auckland.
Using crates to separate items ensures we have the cleanest recycling possible. The high quality of material collected guarantees it will be recycled.
In Hastings, separating recycling allows paper and cardboard to be collected separately and dropped directly to Hawk Packaging to be made into fruit trays, saving on double-handling and transport costs and emissions. it is especially important to keep glass separate from paper and cardboard, as there can’t be any fragments of glass in it for health and safety reasons.
While wheelie bins are simple to use, the quality of recycling that comes out of the mixed recycling wheelie bins has proved to be much lower in the regions using them. Typically, wheelie bin systems also mean all recycling is mixed in together and requires sorting, which costs much more.
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