Recycling what we can
Kerbside recycling national changes
Rotorua Lakes Council is reminding residents to only put the following recyclables in their kerbside recycling bins:
- Plastic bottles , trays and containers numbered 1, 2 and 5
- Paper and cardboard (including pizza boxes)
- Food and drink tins and cans
- Glass bottles and jars (in the blue crate)
Changes are happening across New Zealand as part of the Government’s move to standardise household kerbside recycling from 1 February 2024, led by the Ministry for the Environment.
We already collect the standard set of items in Rotorua.
Soft plastics including frozen food bags and chip packets can be recycled at Countdown, but not in our kerbside bins.
Check the label
It is important to check package labelling carefully when identifying whether an item can be recycled. Many people will recognise the recycling triangle symbol – this is quite thick and does not have a number inside. A common misconception is that this symbol means that an item is made from recycled materials or can definitely be recycled. It is important to know that this is an international symbol indicating only that an item may be recyclable but that it depends on the processes and markets available to different countries and areas.
For plastics specifically, the triangle symbol will be thinner and have a number in the middle. This tells you what type of plastic the material is.
If you have any questions or would like support with your recycling, get in touch email@example.com.
See recycling sorting in action at the Materials Recovery Facility in Kopu
As much as possible, recycling is sold and processed within New Zealand. Here is one example:
Resources and information
Rotorua Lakes Council can provide presentations or workshops to support groups and individuals in understanding recycling information and processes. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.