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recycling crate

Your green crate is for glass only (clear, brown, blue, green such as bottles, jars). No broken glass.

Note that we don't recycle light bulbs and fluorescent tubes, pyrex dishes and ovenware, china and crockery, cups, saucers, plates, drinking glasses, window glass, opal glass, glass bricks, medical and laboratory containers, TV tubes and computer screens. Why? Because New Zealand's glass furnaces can't process this type of glass. Rubbish bags are collected by hand, so please wrap broken glass in paper before putting it into your MPDC bag to prevent the runners being injured.  

Replacement green crates are available from Council offices - fees apply.


wheelie bin


Your wheelie bin is for clean plastic (1, 2 and 5), clean tins/cans, paper and cardboard

Do not put liquids, soft plastics (such as rice/pasta/bread packaging) rubbish, ceramics, crockery, porcelain, hot ashes, ovenware, food waste, polystyrene, bubble wrap, garden waste or grass clippings, electrical goods, engine oil bottles, automotive parts, disposable nappies, or paint and chemicals or shredded paper in your bin or it will not be collected.

If it's smaller than your palm, such as lids, some supplement bottles and shredded paper, please don't recycle them as they fall through the conveyor belt during sorting and will go to landfill anyway. 

For FAQs and other information on the changes to recycling go to

Replacement wheelie bins or wheelie bins for new properties can be arranged through Council - phone us on 0800 746 467. Small bins (80L), and standard bins (240L) - fees apply.


For more information contact Customer Services on 0800 746 467.