Kerbside Refuse and Recycling Collections

From 18 May 2020 we go back to our full Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections with blue bags by the kerb for weekly collection and glass in crates and other recycling in wheelie bins collected fortnightly.

5 June 2020: Wyuna Bay Road - A road closure prevented yesterday's scheduled collections. They'll take place Saturday 6 June instead. 

Change coming to plastic recycling

Kerbside plastic recycling changes banner

As the full Kerbside collections resume, we're transitioning to only collecting plastic types 1 and 2, instead of types 1 to 7. 

Paper, cardboard and cans/tins will still be collected as usual in wheelie bins. The change only applies to plastics.

Here's the timing:

18 - 28 May: all recycling except glass will be going to landfill while the sorting centre in Kopu is brought back online. If you’ve been storing plastic, waiting for recycling collections to resume, now is the time to put it out for collection, or take if to your nearest Refuse Transfer Station for disposal.

2 June (note: collections the week after the Queen's Birthday public holiday are one day later) - 11 June: Transition period. Please only recycle plastics 1 and 2 in your wheelie bins, but we'll empty your wheelie bin anyway even if you've put plastics 3-7 or unnumbered plastics in it. It is likely that this recycling will still be going to landfill until the sorting centre in Kopu is up and running.

15 June onwards: We'll be checking wheelie bins. Wheelie bins containing plastics 3-7 or unnumbered plastics won't be emptied.

Check our Guide to Recyling on the Coromandel and for more information on what can and cannot be recycled on the Coromandel.

What are plastics 1 & 2?

Most hard plastics have a number on the bottom in a triangle made of arrows. The number refers to the type of plastic. Typical examples of plastics 1 and 2 are milk bottles, drink bottles, food jars, personal cosmetics.

The best way to be sure of the plastic type is to LOOK FOR THE NUMBER. If the number is not 1 or 2, or if there is no number, put it in your general rubbish.

The website has good information on identifying recyclable plastics.

Why the change now?

The change to collecting only plastics 1 and 2 has nothing to do with COVID-19.

Plastics numbered 1 and 2 can be recycled within New Zealand but types 3 to 7 have to be shipped overseas for processing and are no longer accepted by most global markets.

A number of initiatives have been investigated across New Zealand for recycling plastics 3 to 7, however the viability of this remains largely impractical, so these plastics will be going to landfill in New Zealand for now.

Recycling sent overseas can end up as someone else’s rubbish. Shipping our recycling overseas also incurs a large carbon cost and can be processed in countries with significantly different employment practices to New Zealand – potentially putting those workers at risk handling refuse in unsafe conditions. For these reasons, it’s best that we handle all our recycling here in New Zealand.

We are asking that people on the Coromandel avoid buying products that use non-recyclable plastic where possible, in order to lessen the amount of plastic going into landfill.

The transition to our full Kerbside service will be rolled out over an eight-week period, like this:

Kerbside phases

(Click the above table to open a larger version)

Download our Kerbside 2020 schedules here or on the right side of this page.

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