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.
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.
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.
Place your recycling at the kerb in front of your home in small crates, boxes or transparent bags (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:
Despite having a recycling triangle symbol on them, some items cannot be recycled in New Zealand. Examples of these include:
For 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:
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