What and when to recycle

Horowhenua District Council collects recycling from Waikawa Beach every second Monday. Upcoming dates are:

  1. 12 October 2020
  2. 26 October 2020
  3. 9 November 2020
  4. 23 November 2020
  5. 7 December 2020
  6. 21 December 2020
  7. 4 January 2021
  8. 18 January 2021

Also check the right-hand side of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association website for dates.

Get recycling right poster.

If getting your recycling right sometimes has you scratching your head, the What Goes Where page on Council’s website can help.

We’ve created handy lists to help you see quickly and easily what should go in your recycling wheelie bin, what should go in your green recycling crate, and what should go in your rubbish bag. You can also find out what to do with those tricky items you can’t dispose of in your kerbside rubbish or recycling.

Here’s a quick list of some of the most common items.

What to put in your recycling wheelie bin

Use your recycling wheelie bin to recycle:

  • Paper and cardboard: Newspapers, magazines and circulars, egg cartons, boxes, envelopes
  • Tins and cans: Aluminium drink cans, steel food tins and cans, metal lids from jars and bottles, metal aerosol cans
  • Hard plastics: Plastic bottles, plastic containers

Don’t forget to wash and squash!

Please don’t recycle

  • Soft plastics: Plastic bags, bread bags, food wrappers, plastic wraps
  • Polystyrene
  • General rubbish
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Meat trays
  • Pizza boxes
  • Takeaway coffee cups !

Please don’t put pizza boxes and meat trays in your recycling. Although pizza boxes are cardboard, it’s very difficult to remove the food waste. Meat trays also frequently contain remains of food waste and soft plastics. This makes these products unsuitable for recycling. Due to the high number of these products that are unsuitable, we no longer collect them.

What should I put in my green recycling crate?

Use your green recycling crate to recycle:

  • Glass
  • Glass bottles, glass jars

Please don’t recycle

  • Broken glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex and heatproof bakeware
  • Window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Drinking and crystal glasses !

Some types of glass are dangerous to recycling collectors or can’t be easily recycled because they melt at high temperatures.

Non-recyclable materials can endanger recycling collectors, break machinery or contaminate recyclables. If your bin contains non-recyclable materials, we may not be able to collect it.

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