24 Te Ngae Road, Victoria, Rotorua, 3010
Monday to Saturday: 7:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Public holidays: Open 9:30am - 4:30pm, closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday
Accepted recyclable items
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.
|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|
|Plastic #1||Labelled with the plastic identification code 1 (1 inside a triangle) - Clear food packaging and bottles|
|Plastic #2||Labelled with the plastic identification code 2 (2 inside a triangle) – Cleaning bottles, product bottles|
|Plastic #5||Labelled with the plastic identification code 5 (5 inside a triangle) – 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 3,4,6 & 7 are not accepted for recycling in Rotorua. Click here for more information.
Watch a video on how recyclables from Rotorua are recycled, and learn tips on how to improve recycling skills here.
Items that are not accepted at the recycling centre
|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 waxxed gift wrap|
|Drinking glasses, glass bottles and jars, light bulbs or windows||Empty aerosol cans (e.g. deodorant)||Fireworks|
|Wood or building materials||Plastic from appliances or toys||Polystyrene (e.g noodle containers, black meat trays or foam packaging)|
|Aluminium foil||Medical products (including blister packs)||Building paper|
|Re-usable cloth shopping bags||CD, videos and cases they come in||Garden waste|
|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 a customer advisor.
Recycling for electronic waste (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)||$20|
|CRT computer monitor||$20|
|LCD computer monitor||$14|
|Printer, scanner, fax||$7|
|Laptop battery (only) and similar||$3|
|Small appliances (eg stereo system, gaming console, microwave, vacuum cleaner, heater)||$7|
|Speakers (per unit)||$5|
|Modem, router, keyboard, small peripherals, mouse, UPS unit||Free|
|Desktop computer (box only)||Free|
|Server (box only)||Free|
|PVC wire cables||Free|
|Other Recycling Charges|
|Fridges and Freezers (requires degassing)||$15|
|LPG gas cylinders (requiring degassing)||$5|
Recycling Centre staff will approach you for cash or electronic payment.
Recycling for batteries
Do not put batteries into your kerbside rubbish or recycling bins, as they can be a fire hazard for collection trucks. Small sized batteries (AA, AAA, C batteries) are collected in a separate container for recycling, free of charge. Please note: Large batteries and vehicle batteries are not accepted for recycling, and re-chargeable electronic batteries are recycled through e-waste.
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.
Red Cross shop
Operating at the Recycling Centre, the Red Cross Shop offers quality second-hand goods at affordable prices. People can also donate pre-loved items in a working, usable condition.
The shop accepts and sells good quality bric-a-brac, clothing and accessories, footwear, curtains, furniture, homeware, books and toys and electronic appliances. By donating or shopping with Red Cross, you are supporting our work helping people in need. For more information, click here.