Your red bin will be collected weekly, while your recycling bin and crate will be picked up once a fortnight. Click on the calendar to check which week your recycling collection is on. You will have either a Week 1 or Week 2 sticker on your wheelie bin which lets you know when to put your yellow and blue crate out.
There will be no collection on Christmas Day.
If Christmas Day falls on a weekday, collection will be on the following day and each remaining day of that week will move to one day later than normal.
There will be no collection on Good Friday. Your collection will be changed to Saturday, the day after Good Friday.
Anything not contained within your supplied bins and crates will not be collected. Excess glass or other recycling can be taken to a transfer station, in town recycling centre or the recycling section of the landfill, free of charge.
Sorting your rubbish and recycling
Here's what you can put into your yellow recycling bin:
- Metal tins
- Paper and cardboard
- Cardboard packaging
- Clean pizza boxes
- Egg cartons
- Envelopes and junk mail
- Newspaper and magazines
- Plastics (Numbers 1 – 7)* except plastic bags/plastic film
*Plastic Shopping Bags/plastic film : Plastic shopping bags or soft pliable plastics such as clingfilm, bubble wrap or resealable bags cannot be placed into your yellow recycling bin. They must be placed in the general rubbish bin.
We are currently investigating how we can recycle plastic shopping. But, please check if your nearest supermarket will take your plastic shopping bags.
*Batteries (AA, AAA etc) - small batteries can be recycled at the in-town Recycling Centre only. Please do not put them in your yellow lidded bin. You can also place them in your red lidded bin.
*Polystyrene - cannot go in your recycling bin (this includes meat trays and types of packaging).
Please ensure your recyclables are washed before they go into your bin and remove the lids from plastic bottles. To save space, it is a good idea to squash items before putting them in the bin.
Here's what should not go into your yellow recycling bin:
- Bubble wrap
- Empty aerosol cans (e.g deodorant)
- Plastic bags
- Plastic film, such as cling wrap
- Building paper
- Batteries (these can be recycled at the recycling centre only)
- CD, videos and cases they come in
- Clothing or shoes
- Coat hangers of any sort
- Crockery and ceramics
- Dead animals/pets
- Drinking glasses or crockery
- Electronic items
- Foil or other metal objects including machinery
- Garden waste
- Light bulbs or window glass
- Liquids or food
- Medical products
- Polystyrene (e.g noodle containers, meat trays or foam packaging)
- Small household appliances
- Wet paper or used paper towels
Blue crate – glass recycling
Here's what you can put into your blue glass recycling crate:
- Brown glass bottles and jars
- Clear glass bottles and jars
- Green glass bottles and jars
Please ensure that you have rinsed out glass and removed the tops from the bottles and jars and placed tops in the yellow bin.
What should not go in the blue glass recycling crate:
- Broken glass
- Drinking glasses
- Light bulbs
- Window or windscreen glass
Red bin – household rubbish
The red household rubbish bin is for all other waste that cannot go
into your yellow bin or blue crate.
Here's what should not go into the red bin:
- Automotive products (e.g car, boat or truck batteries)
- Dead animals/pets
- Dry chemicals
- Explosives and flammable material including gas bottles
- Hazardous waste (e.g asbestos, petrol)
- Hot material (e.g ashes)
- Household cleaners
- Liquid chemicals
- Medical sharps
- Paints and solvents
Assisted Collection Service
If you are having trouble putting out your wheelie bins each week give Council a call on 07 348 4199 (8am - 5pm Monday to Friday) and speak to a Customer Advisor.
They will work with you to find a more suitable option.
What if I have additional recycling
You can either buy an additional 240 litre Bin or take y our recycling to the Recycling Centre or rural Transfer Stations for free.
Larger / additional bins
Residents can upgrade their bins or buy more bins through the Council's contractor, Smart Environmental. For more information phone Smart Environmental on 07 346 8327 or email email@example.com.
You can also find out more about Smart Environmental at www.smartrotorua.com
Here's how much it will cost to upgrade your bins:
Rubbish bin options (red lid)
Fee per annum
|Upgrade 140 litre bin to to 240 litre bin||$136.25 (GST incl) |
|Additional 140 litre bin||$196.20 (GST incl)|
Recycling bin options (yellow lid)
Fee per annum
Blue crate options (glass)
Fee per annum
|Additional 40 litre crate (maximum 3 per household)||$43.60 (GST incl)|
**Smaller bins are unavailable**
Surplus paper bags