Glass crate FAQs
Your Glass Crate
Your 45L blue glass crate will be collected fortnightly. It takes clean glass bottles and jars, with the lids removed. Other types of glass - drinking glasses, lightbulbs, window glass - cannot be recycled because they melt at different temperatures. You can leave on the labels and little plastic necklaces, as these will melt off in the recycling process. See more details below or contact us if you are ever unsure and want to check.
FAQs - glass recycling
You can put glass jars and bottles that have been used to package food or drink in your glass recycling crate. They must be clean and lids must be removed. You don't need to peel the label off.
Place your bins on the kerbside from smallest to largest, from the direction the driver approaches. This helps the drivers see the bins, for example, food scrap bin first, then glass crate, and finally recycle bin.
The wider apart that you can place the bins, the easier it is for the trucks to collect them. We suggest at least 30cm between each bin to avoid any accidental damage.
Also, please keep bins away from poles, fences, gates etc. so the truck arms can reach them easily.
Your glass crate is collected every fortnight, along with the recycling bin and food scraps bin.
The kerbside collection days are:
- Matamata (incl. Waharoa and Walton): Tuesday
- Morrinsville (incl. Tahuna): Wednesday
- Te Aroha (incl. Waitoa and Waihou): Thursday
This may happen sometimes because the current trucks are equipped with different map technology. When they use different systems, it’s hard to get a complete picture of which streets have been missed. We know this is a problem and are actively working on a solution to improve this in the meantime (until the new trucks arrive).
If your bin, or whole street, gets missed then please use this form to notify us. As soon as we get these through, then we can notify the contractors and advise them to return and collect your bin.
No, it will melt off.
Different types of glass melt at different temperatures. Bottles and jars used to package food and drink melt at the lowest temperature for glass recycling. Other types of glass (for example drinking glasses, lightbulbs or window glass) will not melt at the same temperature.
You can leave these on if they are difficult to to remove, they will melt off during recycling. Please note that lids still need to be removed from all jars and bottles (lids should go in your rubbish bin).