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Resources and information on kerbside rubbish and recycling for your apartment, village, or holiday accommodation.

Multi-unit dwellings bins

Communal recycling

Communal recycling

This bin is for recycling only, you can bring your recyclables from your apartment/home to this bin in a bag or box and empty the accepted contents into the bin. 

Recycling should not be tied in a bag as this will contaminate the bin and could mean that it is not collected by the driver.

Please flatten cardboard boxes.

 

Communal glass

Communal glass

These bins are for glass bottles and jars only, you can bring your glass from your apartment/home to these bins in a bag or box and empty the accepted content into the correct glass bin. There is a bin for each colour of glass; brown, clear, and green, glass needs to be colour sorted to ensure good quality recycling.

Glass should not be tied in a bag or inside a cardboard box as this will contaminate the bin and could mean that it is not collected by the driver.

Communal food

Communal food

This bin is for food scraps only, you can bring your recyclables from your apartment/home to this bin in a container or paper bag and empty the accepted content into the bin. If using a paper bag to transport food the paper bag can go into the bin too. 

All compostable type bags are not accepted in Tauranga’s food scraps collections as they can take too long to break down and contaminate the compost process.

Communal rubbish

Communal rubbish

The rubbish bin is for anything that can’t be reused or recycled. You can use a kitchen tidy/plastic bag to bring waste to this bin. 

If your apartment complex or village is not participating in the food scraps collection service, food scraps will also need to be placed into this bin.

Apartments with a rubbish chute

If your apartment has a rubbish chute, this can cause problems with residents not wanting to separate their waste before throwing it away. Sorting waste can save space in the rubbish bin and helps divert valuable resources from landfill.

Download this poster to go next to your rubbish chutes, we recommend one poster next to each rubbish chute within the building.

Rubbish chute poster (196kb pdf)

Alternative resources

If you require any alternative resources such as bin bay signs or specialised posters please get in touch by emailing kerbside@tauranga.govt.nz

Short-term holiday guests in multi-unit dwellings

Our service in Tauranga can be a little bit different from what others in New Zealand and overseas might be used to at home. Make sure if you are having guests stay with you or you are renting out your apartment over the holiday season that you communicate how to use our systems.

If you live in an apartment complex or run a hotel style accommodation complex which is eligible for the council kerbside services, you can download the following guides to include in your visitors book or pin them to the wall. Both the versions have a box where you can fill in where you would like guests to take their waste.

Poster - recycling and sorting your waste while on holiday (including food scraps) (277kb pdf)

Poster - recycling and sorting your waste while on holiday (excluding food scraps) (221kb pdf)

Including a copy of the below brochure can also help guests sort their waste. Download and print the pdf copy below, or email us on kerbside@tauranga.govt.nz if you would like some physical copies.

Brochure - Tauranga's rubbish, recycling, glass and food scraps collections (964kb pdf)

Short-term holiday guests in residential homes

Make sure if you have guests stay with you or are renting out your home over the holiday season that you communicate how to use our service to your guests.

Download the summer information brochure to put in your guest information folder, this has tips and tricks on waste over the holiday season along with the latest kerbside collection calendar. Make sure to highlight which week your collections are are so your guests know when to put the bins out if they are staying long term.

Summer rubbish, recycling and food scraps brochure (1.1mb pdf)

You can also print off a copy of our comprehensive bin guide to help guests with recycling.

Comprehensive bin guide (492kb pdf)

Contact us

If you can’t find the answers to your questions on our website, you can email us on kerbside@tauranga.govt.nz.

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