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.
Full collections resume Monday April 4. Please have your crates kerbside for 7am.
We wish it was that easy – but unfortunately it’s not. Each driver working for the recycling contractors Smart Environmental pick up more than 600 crates every day, and the crates have been designed to specifically fit into the framing and racks of the trucks. Collecting recycling from anything else can cause disruption to the system and its efficiency, as well as put drivers at risk having to lift non regulatory crates (which may be very heavy if full with glass).
Try and feed your excess in over a number of weeks as overfull crates will not be collected. Remember you can use any crate for any time of material, so you could use two crates for plastic and cans, and one for glass.
We recommend squashing your plastics down as much as possible and putting smaller containers in larger ones to make use of space. If your bin is too full, you might have a neighbour who is happy to take some of your excess recycling.
Alternatively you can take this to the Redclyffe Transfer Station.
We really hope that we do not have to limit the service again and at this stage our contractor is confident in providing full recycling collection services but we will continue to monitor this closely. You may also notice your kerbside recycling collection is later in the day as there may be ongoing staff shortages due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so please keep an eye on our website for any further updates.
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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