What goes in each bin?
Yellow lid bin: Mixed recycling
These items can go into the yellow-lid bin
All items must be clean and dry so they don't contaminate the other recyclables in your bin. Please remove the lids from bottles and containers.
|Paper||Newspaper, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, used note paper, recycled paper or gift wrap, clean paper packaging and bags|
|Cardboard||Cardboard boxes and packaging, egg cartons, clean pizza boxes|
|Plastics #1||Labelled with a triangle and number 1 - Clear food packaging and bottles|
|Plastics #2||Labelled with a triangle and number 2 – Cleaning bottles, product bottles|
|Plastics #5||Labelled with a triangle and number 5 – Ice cream containers, larger yogurt tubs, margarine containers, other plastic tubs and containers|
|Aluminium and tin cans||Clean food and drink cans|
Plastics 3,4,6 & 7 are not recycled. For more information click here.
You can watch a video on what happens to recycling from Rotorua, and tips on how to improve recycling skills here.
These items can't go into the yellow recycling bin
This list contains some examples, rather than a full list of non-recyclable items. If you would like clarification on wether something is recyclable or not, please call 07 348 4199 to speak to a customer advisor.
|Soft plastics including plastic bags, plastic film and cling wrap, bread bags, bubble wrap, snack food wrappers||Glass including drinking glasses, glass bottles and jars, light bulbs or windows|
|Shiny or waxxed gift wrap||Dead animals|
|Empty aerosol cans (e.g. deodorant)||Disposable coffee cups|
|Wood or building materials||Fireworks|
|Building paper||Foil or other metal objects including machinery parts|
|Batteries (these can be recycled at the Recycling Centre only)||Garden waste|
|CD, videos and cases they come in||Household appliances|
|Clothing, shoes or fabric||Light bulbs or window glass|
|Coat hangers of any sort||Nappies|
|Crockery and ceramics||Plastic from appliances or toys|
|Wet paper or used paper towels||Polystyrene (e.g noodle containers, black meat trays or foam packaging)|
|Medical products (including blister packs)||Tetrapak (longlife/almond milk packaging, pre-made stock and single serve juice packaging)|
|Re-usable cloth shopping bags||Polystyrene (e.g noodle containers, black meat trays or foam packaging)|
How can I recycle batteries (AA, AAA etc.)?
Small batteries can be recycled at the in-town Recycling Centre only. Please do not put them in your red or yellow lid bins as they can be a fire risk.
Blue crate: Glass recycling
These items can go into the blue crate
It is important to remove bottle caps and lids from all bottles and jars, and clean out any food, liquid, fruit or cigarettes before you put them into the blue crate for collection. Crates containing these items will not be collected from kerbside.
|Brown glass bottles and jars||Clear glass bottles and jars|
|Green glass bottle and jars|
These items can't go in the blue glass recycling crate
|Broken glass||Bottle tops or jar lids|
|Pyrex||Window or windscreen glass|
Red-lid bin: Rubbish
Most general waste items can go into the red lid bin
Please make sure that your bin is not overfilled, or too heavy at collection time. Disposing of heavy materials or making the bin very heavy can cause damage to the collection trucks during collection.
What should not go into the red lid rubbish bin:
|Automotive products (e.g vehicle batteries or car parts)||Hazardous waste (e.g asbestos, petrol)|
|Building products||Hot material (e.g ashes)|
|Large bits of wood/timber||Household cleaners|
|Lithium batteries (fire hazard risk)||Liquid chemicals|
|Dead animals/pets||Medical sharps|
|Dry chemicals||Paints and solvents|
|Explosives and flammable material including gas bottles|