During Covid-19 all recycling except glass went to landfill because the sorting centre in Kopu was not operating. The centre is now back up and running and recycling will be sorted as normal.
If you were keen to avoid sending recycling to landfill, you can now put your stockpiled recycling out for collection (except for plastic grades 3-7, as they are no longer recyclable – they need to go in the yellow council rubbish bag).
How did you go with sorting your plastics into 1’s and 2’s?
It takes a bit of getting used to, (and some seriously good eyesight to make out the number in the recycling triangle) but remember only plastic types 1 and 2, cardboard, paper, clean tin and clean aluminium cans will be accepted in household recycling bins or at our refuse transfer stations (kerbside glass recycling goes in the open crate).
Please don’t ‘wishcycle’ plastics 3 – 7, hoping they’ll be recycled, they won’t be, but they will contaminate the entire load and everything will have to go to landfill, including plastics 1 and 2.
Handy new recycling information sticker for bins
Council’s contractor will be checking bins to see how everyone’s doing and to help the message stick, they’ll be putting new recycling information stickers on bins over the next few collections.
Be sure to put your bin out on your recycling day so you don’t miss out on this handy reminder.
What are plastics 1 and 2?
Drink and sports bottles, water bottles, milk bottles, cleaning products and personal care bottles (shampoo, conditioner and body wash). All of these must have their lids removed and be rinsed clean – if you can’t get the lid off to rinse the bottle clean, don’t recycle it.
How can you tell what number plastic it is?
The majority of plastic has a triangle with a number on the bottom of it. We are only accepting plastic grades with a 1 or 2 in the triangle. If plastic has a number but no triangle, or vice versa, it is not recyclable. If in doubt about the type of plastic put it into the rubbish.
Can you still put plastics grades 3 – 7 in your recycling bin?
No, from 1 June 2020 all this recycling will be considered contamination and end up in landfill. We know it’s hard to put these in to the rubbish bin when you’ve been able to recycle them up until now, but the reality is, these can’t recycled – they’ve just been piling up in storage.
Need to know more? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions about this change in plastics recycling.