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Keep Napier Beautiful ProgrammeTe hōtaka: "Kia ātaahua tonu a Ahuriri."

Established in 1994, this programme is a pro-active partnership between Council and community. The objective is to promote community involvement in activities that protect and/or beautify Napier. This includes our Annual Recycling Day, held each November.

Established in 1994, this initiative is a pro-active partnership between Council and community.

The object is to promote community involvement in activities and projects that protect or beautify Napier.

The main event is our annual Recycling Day, held each year on the first Saturday in November, when people can drop off reusable household items, which are sold on the day to others for a modest amount. All money raised is then made available for community-based beautification projects, usually $500 a grant.

Projects funded by the Keep Napier Beautiful Recycling Day grants in the last three years have included:

  • Community gardens for Hayseed Trust
  • Mokonui Gardens, Maraenui
  • Mahoe Hall, Anderson Park
  • Trees for Onekawa School, Tamatea High School, Te Awa School, and William Colenso College
  • Compost and fruit trees for Pirimai Residents' Association plantings along the Cross Country Drain
  • Napier Repair Cafe
  • Clean Up Days in Maraenui, Bay View
  • Murals.

How to apply for grants

Grants of up to $500 are available to community groups, organisations and marae for projects that focus on beautifying Napier in some way.

Applications can be made at any time, and will be considered as they are received, says KNB Committee chair Cr Maxine Boag. All funds come from those collected at the annual Recycling Day.

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Annual Recycling Day

The 2023 Keep Napier Beautiful Recycling Day will be held on 4 November, from 8.30am to 12 noon, at the Freyberg Avenue end of Anderson Park. 

Based on the principle 'one person's waste is another person's treasure', the purpose is to promote waste minimisation, diverting material from landfill whilst raising money for community beautification projects.

Anyone can drop off reusable items for free and while there can rummage through other people's goods, which can be purchased for a modest donation.

The Napier Host Lions provide site marshalls, while Hawke's Bay Regional Council, City of Napier cadets, the Youth Council, and Māori wardens assist the KNB committee on the day. Napier City Council staff are in charge of traffic, safety, unloading and disposing of leftover items.

Acceptable items:

  • Furniture
  • household goods
  • toys
  • tools
  • clothing
  • books
  • bric-a-brac
  • re-usable timber
  • paper/cardboard
  • bottles and jars (NO sheet glass, unless framed windows)
  • household appliances (MUST be in working order)
  • bicycles

Unacceptable items:

  • Fencing wire and wire netting
  • sheet and broken glass
  • car parts
  • commercial waste
  • domestic refuse
  • organic and garden waste
  • hazardous waste
  • TVs and computers
  • Broken furniture

Site marshals may refuse material that is not recyclable or reusable. It is important the public realises the event raises funds for charity and rubbish is not accepted. We are looking for genuinely reusable and recyclable items. All appliances must be in working order. Site marshals have discretion to ask more for items of a clearly higher value. All proceeds from the day will go to local charitable organisations and/or community groups who have a project to beautify a public space. At the end of the day left over material will be sorted for recycling, the remainder will be taken to landfill. It is hoped people with items to drop off will bring them as early as possible, to give them a better chance of being snapped up by bargain hunters. Hazardous waste is not accepted and is catered for by the Council's HazMobile service.


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