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New standards to recycle right

Waiatarua residents may need to brush up on their recycling etiquette as new national standards have come into effect.

Items accepted in your kerbside recycling bin from 1 February 2024

Glass bottles and jars;
Paper and cardboard;
Plastic bottles, trays, and containers (grades 1, 2 and 5 only);
Tin, steel and aluminium cans.

New items excluded from 1 February 2024

Items less than 50mm (e.g. caps, small cosmetic and spice containers);
Aerosol cans (steel and aluminium);
Liquid paperboard (beverage cartons and juice boxes);
Plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7;
Aluminium foil and trays;
All lids;
Items over 4 litres.

Auckland Council collects approximately 132,000 tonnes every year from kerbside household recycling bins. The material collected is sorted and baled as paper, cardboard, aluminium cans, tin cans, glass, plastics (1, 2 and 5) and sent to facilities onshore and overseas for sale and reprocessing.

For more information on the new recycling guidelines, visit the Auckland Council website.



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