Nationwide recycling standardisation

The Ministry for the Environment has introduced new nationwide recycling standards to make sure each Council is collecting the same recycling across the country. This means no matter where you are in the NZ, recycling from home will be the same.

Other than removing lids, there will be no difference to the recycling in South Wairarapa following the standardisation rules that took effect on 1 February 2024. Glass is to still be recycled into crates.

A quick reminder of what can go into your kerbside recycling:

What goes in my crate?

  • Glass bottles and jars only – no lids

What goes into my Yellow lidded recycling bin?

  • Plastic bottles, trays, and containers numbered only 1, 2 and 5 (make sure lids have been removed)
  • Food and drink cans that have been cleaned
  • Paper and cardboard (including pizza boxes) but remove the food first

Items that are not accepted at kerbside recycling:

  • Lids for bottles, jars and containers
  • Plastics numbered 3, 4, 6 and 7
  • Compostable packaging and containers
  • Nappies and sanitary products
  • Fabric and clothing
  • Polystyrene
  • Coffee cups and lids
  • Aerosols

What can be taken to our transfer stations?

  • Batteries – these can be taken to the recycling stations at Featherston, Greytown, and Martinborough
  • Soft plastic – plastic that can be scrunched into a ball such as bread bags, bubble wrap, and chippie packets, these can also be taken to any of our recycling stations
  • E-waste – can be taken to Martinborough transfer station
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