What You Can and Cannot Recycle in NZ

Recycling bin with waste

Pioneer Group is NZ’s premier waste and recycling bins supplier, so we know a thing or two about what you can and cannot recycle.

But even an expert can get confused about recycling sometimes. So, if you just lined up your steel scrap bins and have suddenly realised, you’re not sure what can go where, don’t worry, you’re not the first!

Pioneer Group always recommends checking in with your local council about their recycling rules and regulations, but as a general guide, here are our top dos and don'ts for recycling in NZ.

Do recycle:

  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans, including empty aerosols
  • Glass bottles and glass jars
  • Plastic bottles from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry (plastic grades 1-7)
  • Clear plastic food containers
  • Pizza boxes 
  • Newspapers, magazines, advertising mail and envelopes 
  • Paper and cardboard packaging  
  • Egg cartons  
  • Milk and juice cartons, including Tetra Pak ® cartons (except on Great Barrier Island)

Pro tip:

Always remove leftover food and/or product residue from your recycling materials.

Don’t recycle:

  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags - they get caught in the sorting machines
  • Garden waste
  • Medical waste
  • Building waste
  • Chemicals and hazardous waste
  • Nappies and sanitary products
  • Polystyrene takeaway containers and polystyrene meat trays
  • Clothing, shoes and textiles
  • Cookware, Pyrex ® and drinking glasses
  • Window glass, mirror glass and light bulbs
  • Fluorescent tubes and lamps, including Compact Fluorescent Lamps - they contain toxic mercury
  • Electronic and electrical items
  • Batteries - lithium batteries can explode and have been known to cause fires in recycling trucks

Pro tip

While not every item can be recycled by your council, you may be able to recycle them elsewhere. For example, look into whether you have a private battery recycling scheme in your area.

Make waste management easy

Pioneer Group wants to help make NZ cleaner, greaner, and better at recycling. Contact us today to discuss your waste management requirements.

Source: What you can put in your recycling, Auckland Council