What plastics are collected for kerbside recycling in New Zealand?

Image source: Spotlight on Circularity Programmes. Plastics NZ.

Recycle right with your local authorities

Bonson believes that the ultimate environmental solution is a circular economy. It is important that we all do our part to make sure we recycle as many valuable plastic items as possible, so they can be turned into materials that can be used again, and again. The collection of those items after use is an important step in keeping those materials in the loop.

Our local authorities in Aotearoa offer varying kerbside recycling collection services. We have summarised below a list of plastics accepted by each council to help Kiwis make decisions about the end of life treatment of their plastic items.

 

Council name
(in alphabetical order)

Plastics numbers
(as on website, Aug 2021)

A Ashburton District Council 1, 2 and 5
Auckland Council 1-7
B Buller District Council 1, 2 and 5
C Carterton District Council 1 and 2
Central Hawke’s Bay District Council 1, 2 and 5
Central Otago District Council 1, 2 and 5
Chatham Islands Council 1-7
Christchurch City Council 1, 2 and 5
Clutha District Council 1, 2 and 5
D Dunedin City Council 1, 2 and 5
F Far North District Council 1 and 2
G Gisborne District Council 1, 2 and 5
Gore District Council
(Wastenet website)
None
Grey District Council 1-6
H Hamilton City Council 1-7 
Hastings District Council 1 and 2
Hauraki District Council 1 and 2
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 1, 2 and 5
Horowhenua District Council 1, 2 and 5
Hurunui District Council 1, 2 and 5
Hutt City Council 1, 2 and 5
I Invercargill City Council
(Wastenet website)
1-7
K Kaikoura District Council
(Innovative Waste Kaikōura)
1, 2 and 5
Kaipara District Council 1 and 2
Kāpiti Coast District Council 1, 2 and 5
Kawerau District Council 1 and 2
M Mackenzie District Council 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (Not 6)
Manawatu District Council 1-5
Marlborough District Council 1-7
Masterton District Council 1, 2 and 5
Matamata-Piako District Council 1 and 2
N Napier City Council 1 and 2
Nelson City Council 1, 2 and 5
New Plymouth District Council 1, 2 and 5
O Opotiki District Council 1-7
Otorohanga District Council 1 and 2
P Palmerston North City Council 1, 2 and 5
Porirua City Council 1 and 2
Q Queenstown Lakes DC 1, 2 and 5
R Rangitikei District Council 1-5
Rotorua Lakes Council 1-7
Ruapehu District Council 1 and 2
S Selwyn District Council 1, 2 and 5
South Taranaki District Council 1, 2 and 5
South Waikato District Council 1 and 2
South Wairarapa District Council 1, 2 and 5
Southland District Council
(Wastenet website)
1-7
Stratford District Council 1, 2 and 5
T Tararua District Council 1, 2, 3 and 5
Tasman District Council 1, 2 and 5
Taupo District Council 1, 2 and 5
Tauranga City Council 1, 2 and 5
Thames-Coromandel District Council 1 and 2
Timaru District Council 1, 2 and 5
U Upper Hutt City Council 1, 2 and 5
W Waikato District Council 1, 2 and 5
Waimakariri District Council 1, 2 and 5
Waimate District Council 1, 2 and 5
Waipa District Council 1, 2 and 5
Wairoa District Council 1, 2 and 5
Waitaki District Council 1 and 2
Waitomo District Council 1 and 2
Wellington City Council 1, 2 and 5
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
(Kerbside Collective)
1 and 2
Westland District Council 1, 2 and 5
Whakatane District Council 1 and 2
Whanganui District Council 1, 2 and 5
Whangarei District Council 1 and 2

 

We endeavour to keep this list as current as we can. However, as councils can make changes to their status at any time, it is recommended that you visit your council’s website for the most updated information.