In Napier, plastic types 1, 2 & 5 can be recycled. These are high value plastics such as milk bottles and soft drink bottles which can be easily recycled and turned into other useful products.
Plastics types 3, 4, 6 & 7 are low value plastics which are often contaminated and are more difficult to recycle and make new products. These plastics should be refused, reused or put into the rubbish bin.
Look for the triangle on a plastic container to see what type it is. If it numbered 3, 4, 6 or 7 or has no number then it is non-recyclable and should either be re-used or go into the rubbish bin.
#1. PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) – RECYCLABLE
#1 PET is one of the easiest plastics to recycle and therefore the most valuable. PET is most commonly used for soft drink and water bottles - clear and coloured bottles - in a range of sizes. Other uses of PET include cleaning containers, personal care bottles, some meat trays, punnets for berries and tomatoes, and plastic clam shells for muffins and baked goods.
Check the recycling triangle to see if your plastics container is a #1. If it is, add your clean #1 plastics into your Plastics and Cans recycling crate.
#2. HDPE (High density polyethylene) – RECYCLABLE
Like PET, #2 HDPE is also easily recyclable.
In the household setting, HDPE is most commonly used for dairy containers such as milk and cream bottles, and SOME ice-cream containers, juice bottles, shampoo, cleaning and detergent bottles.
Check the recycling triangle to see if your plastics container is a #2. If it is, add your clean #2 plastics into your Plastics and Cans recycling crate.
#5. PP (Polypropylene) – RECYCLABLE
PP is a hard but flexible plastic with waxy surface that is versatile and easy to recycle.
Plastics #5 is largely used for a wide range of food packaging such as margarine containers, large yoghurt containers, take away containers, ice cream containers and dips. This packaging comes in many colours, including clear, black and white.
Check the recycling triangle to see if your plastics container is a #5. If it is, add your clean #5 plastics into your Plastics and Cans recycling crate.
Remember to look for the recycling number
Plastic items should always be carefully checked for a recycling number before they are put into your recycling bin. Unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules on what is and isn’t a certain plastic type e.g. one yogurt manufacturer could use plastic #5 for their packaging while another could use #6.
To find out what day we collect from your house weekly, enter your address into our Rubbish and Recycling Database.
Some or all items in a crate may be left behind. If items are left behind a sticker will be left on them to tell you why, to help you get it right for the next time. Here's some of the reasons why this could happen:
Please note this EXCLUDES the following items:
Omarunui landfill takes about 90,000 tonnes of waste every year.
Half of what is sent to Omarunui could be recycled or composted. Omarunui Landfill has a finite lifespan, dependent on the quanitity of waste going in. If there is opportunity to divert material from Omarunui landfill the lifespan will be maximised.
Our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) adopted in late 2018 aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by promoting the Five Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Residual Management.
If you have have any questions about kerbside recycling please go to our Frequently Asked Questions.
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