Rotorua recycling centre
Location and opening hours
24 Te Ngae Road, Victoria, Rotorua, 3010
- Monday to Saturday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
- Sunday and public holidays: 9:30am - 4:30pm
- Christmas Day and Good Friday: Closed
The following items are accepted at the Rotorua Recycling Centre. All items must be clean and dry.
Please check plastic items carefully for the plastic identification code symbol with a number in it – only plastic numbers 1, 2 and 5 are accepted at the recycling centre.
Newspaper, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, used note paper, recycled paper, clean paper packaging and bags
Cardboard boxes and packaging, egg cartons, clean parts of a pizza box
Labelled with a triangle and number 1, for example clear food packaging and bottles
Labelled with a triangle and number 2, for example cleaning bottles, product bottles
Labelled with a triangle and number 5, for example ice cream containers, larger yoghurt tubs, margarine containers, other plastic tubs and containers
Glass jars and bottles
Clear, green or brown glass
Aluminium and tin cans
Clean food and drink cans
Plastics numbered 3, 4, 6 and 7 cannot be collected in Rotorua kerbside recycling. They are much harder to recycle and their market value is low, these plastics are currently being phased out.
Items that are not accepted at the recycling centre include:
Soft plastics including plastic bags, plastic film and cling wrap, bread bags, bubble wrap, snack food wrappers
Tetrapak (longlife/almond milk packaging, pre-made stock and single serve juice packaging)
Shiny or waxed gift wrap
Drinking glasses, , light bulbs or windows
Empty aerosol cans (e.g. deodorant)
Wood or building materials
Plastic from appliances or toys
Polystyrene (e.g noodle containers, black meat trays or foam packaging)
Medical products (including blister packs)
Re-usable cloth shopping bags
CD, videos and cases they come in
Clothing, shoes or fabric
Coat hangers of any kind
Crockery and ceramics
Disposable coffee cups
This list does not cover all items not accepted at the recycling centre. If you would like to clarify if something is recyclable or not, please call 07 348 4199 to speak to someone from Council’s Customer Solutions team.
Electronic recycling (e-waste)
It is important to recycle e-waste in an appropriate and environmentally friendly way. This can be done at the recycling centre where the following fees apply:
Plasma/LCD televisions (flat screen)
CRT computer monitor
LCD computer monitor
Printer, scanner, fax
Laptop battery (only) and similar
Small appliances (eg stereo system, gaming console, microwave, vacuum cleaner, heater)
Speakers (per unit)
Modem, router, keyboard, small peripherals, mouse, UPS unit
Desktop computer (box only)
Server (box only)
PVC wire cables
Other Recycling Charges
Fridges and Freezers (requires degassing)
LPG gas cylinders (requiring degassing)
Recycling Centre staff will approach you for cash or electronic payment.
Recycling for batteries
Small batteries can currently be dropped off for recycling at Bunnings. Please do not put them in your red or yellow lid bins as they can be a fire risk. Larger batteries, for example car batteries, can be dropped to the Recycling Centre in town.
Recycling for infant and child car seats
Children's car seats can be recycled for $10 per seat, by dropping it off at the in-town Recycling Centre during normal opening hours.
Council is subsidizing $15 of the total $25 cost per seat, to recycle them through SeatSmart. SeatSmart use employees from Social Enterprise – a paid service that provides employment for people who have a disability, or are disadvantaged or marginalised. SeatSmart break down the car seats to recycle the materials, preventing re-usable resources from unnecessarily going to landfill. The cost to recycle covers collection, transportation and dismantling.