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Kerbside Recycling

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.

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Kerbside recycling is the most cost-effective way we have of keeping large amounts of recyclable material out of Omarunui Landfill. Last year we collected almost 4,000 tonnes of recyclable material at the kerbside (glass: 1982.08; paper/cardboard: 1282.58; plastic/cans: 625.379) – with much of it recycled here in Hastings.

This is an awesome effort that relies on all of us getting it right. Contamination of recycling with things like food, dirt or non-recyclable items is the biggest reason for recycling being unusable. Companies will not take ‘dirty’ recycling, which means it must be sent to the landfill.

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Each household in the Hastings collection zone will have three crates for kerbside recycling.

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. Recycling outside of the crates will not be collected i.e large cardboard boxes.'

If you have excess recycling, you can save this up for another week or take it to one of our free recycling drop off centres.

Crates can only be filled until level with the top, so they are a safe weight to lift and items don’t fall off, causing a trip hazard and litter.

There will be two trucks collecting the recycling. One truck will be collecting paper and cardboard and the other will collect plastic, cans and glass. Don’t bring in your crates before they’ve both been past.

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


Crate placement

Recycling crates need to be placed as close to the kerb as possible and must not be blocking the footpath. Please have your crates out by 7am on your collection day. 

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Recycling crate and wheelie bin delivery

Recycling crates and wheelie bins should have all been delivered.
If you haven’t received your crates and are normally on the collection route or your crates or wheelie bins have been damaged, please complete the form below, or call us on 06 871 5000.

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