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30/09/2022 12:00pm
Update: Wednesday 10 October 2022

Here's a message from our Waste Manager to everyone who completed our yellow rubbish bag survey. We had such a great response, we upped the ante on the number of prizes - on Tuesday Mayor Toby Adams drew five winners out of a hat. We've notified the winners and they'll each receive a bin clip for their recycling wheelie bin - the best thing to use to keep the wind from flipping your lid (Waihi local Austine was so pleased with her bin clip she made a video demonstrating how to use it for us). You can purchase a bin clip from any of our three service centres for $10 including GST.

Survey results
  • Overall, we heard that 70% of respondents thought it was a good idea to move to the mixed plastics recycling bag.
  • We also heard that there’s a few things that people are missing about the original bag – like the extra two handles and that overall, the bags hold up when it comes to weight, but can do better with puncture resistance (from single point pressure or sharp edges).
What happens next

So we've asked our supplier to post us a slightly thicker bag with costings for this product. We’ll consider the cost implication vs the quality in the coming week and keep you posted

Thanks to everyone who told us what they think about the new mixed plastics bag

Thanks again to everyone who entered – together we can make HDC the best district in the country for waste management!

Original Story published 30 September 2022

Our new yellow rubbish bags made up of 50 percent recycled plastic are in circulation and we're keen to know how they are holding up.

Take our 1 minute survey and be in to win

We’d really appreciate your time to complete this short one minute survey by Thursday 6 October.  The new bags are made of a blend of recycled and virgin plastic and can be lighter in colour.

The recycled plastic is locally sourced and the virgin plastic is fully imported. The move to the blended bag fits our No Time to Waste strategy of reusing/recycling local plastic and decreasing the carbon footprint of our yellow rubbish bags by using less imported plastic.

Your feedback helps inform our purchasing decisions so we really appreciate hearing from you. If you'd like to go in the draw to win a bin clip for your recycling bin (perfect for keeping your recycling contained when the wind tries to flip your lid), pop your email address in the survey form when you submit it by Thursday 6 October. 

Save recycling from landfill and lighten your bag's load

Remember that all rigid plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5, along with paper, cardboard, tin and aluminium cans can go in your recycling wheelie bin. We have collection bins around the district for your soft plastics - since we introduced the bins in March 2022, we've collected over 1.8 tonnes of soft plastics to be recycled into fence posts by FuturePost.  A great effort from the community and the local businesses supporting this initiative. Ka pai! You'll find collection bins at Ngatea Foursquare; Hauraki Reuse Centre in Paeroa, at our Refuse Transfer Stations in Waihi and Paeroa; Waihi New World and our Paeroa service centre.

Yellow rubbish bags will be in circulation until the 31 August 2023. From 1 September, we'll be moving to landfill bins to remove reliance on plastic bags altogether.

Learn more about our rubbish and recycling services in the district.

Comparing the new and original rubbish bags, the new ones are lighter in colour

The new bags can be lighter in colour as shown on the left