What goes in your rubbish and recycling bins


The global markets that process New Zealand's plastics have changed​ and that means that from 1 August 2020 our recycling habits need to change.

In addition to clean tins, cans, paper and magazines, make sure only hard rigid plastic grades 1, 2 and 5 are put into your yellow recycling bin (without the lids). All other plastics including grades 3, 4, 6, 7, those without a grade, plastic lids and all soft plastics such as cling wrap and bread bags go in the rubbish.

How do I know if the plastic is 1, 2 or 5?

Look for the little recycling triangle printed on the plastic bottle or container. If the plastic doesn't have the triangle and the number inside isn't 1, 2 or 5, then it needs to go in the rubbish.

Why can't lids go in recycling?
Plastic lids from containers and bottles must all go in the rubbish as the recycling sorting centres cannot properly sort these items. Due to their shape and weight, they end up being accidentally ​mixed into the wrong recycling groups and contaminate these materials.
They are also often made from a different type of plastic than the container or bottle.​

Head to binitright.nz to learn more about our rubbish and recycling kerbside collection service.

Page reviewed: 22 Sep 2020 5:02pm