COVID-19 update

Rubbish and recycling is considered an essential service and will continue. Please be patient should there be some adjustments to these services - such as delays in collection. 

Each week you can put out up to two crates for collection.

You can put the following in your recycling crates:

  • household glass bottles and jars into one crate
  • plastic, household containers, types 1, 2, and 5 only (only Raglan accepts plastics 1-7 for collection), aluminium cans, steel cans and empty aerosol cans in the other crate
  • a secured bundle of cardboard/paper (up to 50cm x 50cm x 50cm) can be placed between, next to, or under your crate/s or place in a cardboard box of the same size. No loose paper or cardboard in your crate. 

If you only have one crate, put glass in one week and plastic, cans and tins the following week. 

You can place your weekly recycling into a teal green Waikato District Council recycling crate. Each household receives two crates free when they complete a new build. Lost, stolen or damaged crates can be replaced for $18.50 from our Ngaruawahia and Tuakau offices as well as our Huntly, Meremere, Raglan and Te Kauwhata Libraries (please note: there are no council services at any of our libraries on Saturdays).


Below is a list of frequently asked questions about recycling.

Where can I purchase a new or replacement crate?

Replacement crates can be purchased for $18.50 from any of our offices

Crates can be purchased for existing properties that are on the kerbside collection route.

If you want to know if you get rubbish and recycling kerbside collection, give us a call on 0800 492 452.

If you're in a brand new house, kerbside collection starts once you've gained your CCC (code of compliance certificate).

Crates are given to new houses with CCC that have a kerbside collection.

What can I put in my recycling crate?

  • Glass bottles, jars in one crate
  • plastic, household containers, types 1, 2, and 5 only, in all areas except Raglan where plastics 1-7 are collected
  • aluminium and steel cans, empty aerosol cans.
  • all items need to be rinsed clean (like you would clean your dishes).

What can't I put in my recycling crate?

  • No loose paper or cardboard
  • no supermarket bags, other plastic bags, polystyrene food trays, juice or milk cartons
  • no window glass, lightbulbs, broken glass, drinking glasses or ceramic dishes
  • No fuel, oil or chemical containers
  • no plastic containers larger than 4L.

Can I recycle cardboard?

Yes. Small cardboard or loose paper can be put into a paper or plastic bag or small cardboard box and placed beside your recycle bin for collection. Larger cardboard needs to be flattened, bound and placed next to your recycle bin. Cardboard can be no larger than 50cm x 50cm x 50cm.

Why do I need to rinse containers?

Wash all items prior to putting them out. This ensures they can be recycled and reduces contamination. Food leftovers and dirty containers make it harder for our collectors and for processing.

Should I squash containers?

You can squash containers. Squashed items tend to take up a less space in both your bin and the collection truck.

What if my recycling does not get collected? 

Non-complying materials will be left in the container with a sticker explaining the reason for non-collection. If you believe that the collection has missed your property please call council on 0800 492 452.

Where else can I take my recycling?

We're helping create places within the community where you can drop off your unwanted items for recycling or reuse.

These centres will be run by local businesses and community enterprises, helping to increase local employment and economic opportunities.

We will update this page as more centres become available. In the meantime, you can drop your recycling off at the following locations:

  • Huntly Recycle/Refuse 
    Station McVie Road 
    Ph: 07 828 9719
  • Te Kauwhata Recycle/Refuse Station 
    Rata Street 
    Ph: 07 826 345
  • Raglan Xtreme Waste 
    Te Hutewai Road 
    Ph: 07 825 6509 

What happens to my recycling?

Here’s a summary of where it goes, and what it’s used for:

  • Your recycling is picked up by Waikato District Council and is partially sorted on the kerbside.
  • At the Transfer Station the recycling is processed and baled ready for shipping.
  • Glass is recycled here in New Zealand. It’s mainly turned into bottles and jars but can also be made into what’s known as ‘glasscrete’ and ‘glassphalt’, which is a material used in road building.
  • Paper and cardboard can be made into newsprint, writing paper, tissue, corrugated cardboard, egg cartons and fruit trays. This is also done in New Zealand as well as Asia.
  • Most plastic is sent to overseas markets. Some plastic is sent to Flight Plastics in Wellington. Food cartons, buckets, polyester fibre and wheelie bins are some of the forms our plastic takes. 
  • Aluminium is used to make new aerosol and drink cans, while steel is made into food cans, wire and building materials in both New Zealand and Asia.