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Rural recycling stations

Rural recycling stationIn our rural areas Council has set up a Green Bin recycling scheme. This works with the assistance of members of the communities who advise when the bins require emptying.

All household recycling – paper, cardboard, plastics 1, 2 & 5, cans and colour-sorted glass can be dropped off at the sites.

Planning for rural recycle stations started in 2012, to help rural residents move away from disposing rubbish on their farms. Hastings District Council's waste team identified appropriate rural sites, a design for the recycling facilities and a way of managing collection in far-flung areas.

We have six rural recycling stations across our district. These are all seven days a week and unfenced.

  • Tūtira
  • Poukawa
  • Pukehamoamoa
  • Maraekākaho
  • Waimārama 
  • Waipātiki

What you can (and can’t!) put in the rural recycling bins

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Paper and cardboard

Clean and flattened

Clean and flattened paper and cardboard.

Yes please! No thank you!
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

Wash, squash, lids off.

Plastics5 YesNo

Number 1, 2 & 5 household plastics.

Yes please No thank you
Kitchen, bathroom and laundry plastics
Tin cans
Aluminium cans

Plastics number 3, 4, 6 & 7
Hard plastic
Soft plastic (e.g. bags)
Paint tubs
Buckets and plant pots
Chip packets and lolly wrappers
Aerosol cans

TOP TIP: Sustainable HB can also take metal jar lids, aluminium screw caps, metal bottle tops, coffee capsules, Colgate oral care products, aluminium foil and trays, batteries and Glad brand food wrap, ziplock bags and food storage containers.


Empty, clean glass of all colours.

Yes please No thank you
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

Using our rural recycling stations

All household recycling – paper, cardboard, plastics 1, 2 & 5, cans and colour-sorted glass can be dropped off at the sites. Check the signs to make sure you are putting the correct items in each bin.

You can download our 4 easy steps to recycling – rural here.

Our rural drop-off points need your help. Please:

  • Report abuse of the sites
  • Let us know if the bins are almost full
  • Keep it clean
  • Do not dump items outside of bins

Please remember: Incorrect items and rubbish dumping at these sites could lead to their closure.


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