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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 details about what you can and can’t recycle. It also contains details about eDay, our annual computer recycling day.

About 70% of the rubbish in our rubbish bags could be reused or recycled. Around 30% of the rubbish going into the Transfer Station could also be recycled.

Napier and Hastings landfill is called Omarunui landfill. Omarunui landfill receives approximately 70,000 tonnes of waste every year. If this waste was not compacted and left above ground it would almost fill two Westpac Trust Sports Stadiums.

To find out more contact the Waste Minimisation Officer, or search the internet as there are numerous websites dedicated to waste minimisation.

What can I put out for recycling?

Here are a few tips to help with sorting your articles. Please seperate your recycling into the following three categories:

  • Paper/Cardboard
    • Accepted: Cardboard, paper, junk mail, newspapers, wrapping paper, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, egg cartons, envelopes, magazines, pizza boxes
    • Not Accepted: Food, milk and juice cartons, wax coated paper
  • Glass
    • Accepted: Clean glass jars and bottles, including green, brown and blue glass
    • Not Accepted: Broken glass, glassware, light bulbs, mirror or window glass
  • Plastic/Tin/Aluminium
    • Accepted: Firm rigid plastic containers, bottles and jars displaying the recycling symbol 1-7. Clean tin and aluminium cans
    • Not Accepted: All plastic bags, bread bags, polystyrene, expanded polystyrene (including meat trays), plastic wraps or films.

Place recycling into shopping bags or recycling bins (maximum weight = 10kg per bin) – please add by 7am on your recycling day.


Our recyclers are sorting items on the kerbside to help educate us on what is and is not recycled in Hawke's Bay. If some items are left with a sticker, this means;

  1. The item is not currently recycled in HB.
  2. Is contaminated with food
  3. There is a high level of mixed product; recyclable and non-recyclable (see above) in one bag/container. Sorting these would leave a mess and is very time consuming.

Please note that some items, despite having a recycling symbol on them, may not currently be recycled in Hawkes Bay. Good examples of this include milk and juice cartons, expanded polystyrene (grade 6) and plastic packets i.e frozen vegetable packets.

eDay - Computer Recycling

Official eday logo.Napier hosted eDays in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Ministry for the Environment (MFE) is partially funding recycling of e-waste from October 2012.

Computer hard drives (the metal component) can be taken to scrap metal dealers for recycling. All other E-Waste components are able to be recycled at the Hawke's Bay Environment Centre (note that charges apply). Residents can take e-waste to your local Transfer Station but normal charges will apply.

Household Paint

More than six litres of household paint is sold each year for each and every person in New Zealand. Some of this paint is unused and remains in paint containers, often ending up in the local landfill. There are lots of ways you can reduce the impact that unwanted paint can have on the environment.


Resene offer the "Paintwise" Programme which allows customers to return unused and unwanted paints to any of their stores in N.Z.

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