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Recycling - what we collectTe hangarua - ngā mea e taea ana e mātau te kohi

It's estimated up to 70% of landfill waste via kerbside rubbish bags could be recycled. That's why we've put this page together with some key reminders about kerbside recycling.

Recycling in Napier

If you have any questions about recycling, call our Customer Services Team on 835 7579 and select 6.

Have questions about kerbside recycling? We've possibly answered these already in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Recycling over Christmas

Because of the public holidays over the Christmas period, your recycling schedule will temporarily change. If your recycling is normally put out on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, these will all be pushed over one day to accommodate for the public holidays.

If your recycling is normally put out on a Monday or Tuesday, nothing will change, please continue to follow your normal recycling days. Recycling will resume as normal from Monday 6 January 2020.

Normal Recycling Day 
Christmas Recycling day 
Wednesday 25 December 2019 Thursday 26 December 2019
Thursday 26 December 2019 Friday 27 December 2019
Friday 27 December 2019 Saturday 28 December 2019
Wednesday 1 January 2020 Thursday 2 January 2020
Thursday 2 January 2020 Friday 3 January 2020
Friday 3 January 2020 Saturday 4 January 2020

Recycling Reminders

  1. Use only your three new black crates to put out your kerbside recycling. All other crates, bins or containers won't be accepted.
  2. Don't overfill your crates. Only fill your crates so they are level or below the top.
  3. Put the right items in the right crates. However, if you have extra items of one type of recycling, you can use one of the other crates for it. But please don't mix types of recycling.
  4. Remove all food, liquids and plastic wrap/sleeves. Rinse items if required.
  5. Weekly collections. Your recycling service will be collected weekly. Please put your crates out at your kerbside by 7am on your collection day.
  6. Smart Trucks. Smart Environmental will also have designated trucks to collect different crates, so please don't be concerned if not all items are collected by the first truck.

Crates instructions

When is my recycling collected?

To find out what day we collect from your house weekly, enter your address into our Rubbish and Recycling Database.

Please make sure your recycling is out by 7am on the morning of your collection - and out at the kerbside edge, near the road in front of your property, but not on the road. If you live down a right-of-way put your crates at the kerbside at the end of your right-of-way.

Why has my recycling been left behind?

Some or all items in a crate may be left behind. If we leave items behind we'll put a sticker 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:

  • Broken glass
  • Non-council crates(s) used
  • Items not contained in crates
  • Over-filled crate(s)
  • Plastic bags not accepted
  • Crate(s) not placed at kerb
  • Item(s) are not accepted in Napier
  • The item(s) haven't been rinsed or cleaned

Reducing waste 

Omarunui landfill takes about 70,000 tonnes of waste every year. If this waste was not compacted and left above ground it'd fill almost two Westpac Trust Sports Stadiums.

But almost half of what is sent to Omarunui could be recycled or composted. 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.

We urge our citizens to be mindful of what they consume and to try to buy items that are not packaged, packaged less or in an environmentally-friendly way. That's at the reduce end. But then we'd encourage you to recycle all that you can.




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