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What goes into my bins?

Find out what goes into your rubbish, recycling, food scraps and glass bin.

Weekly collection. For fruit, vegetables, cooked food, meat, fish, coffee grounds etc
Glass bin.  Fortnightly collection with yellow recycling bin and food scrap bin.  For glass bottles and jars
Recycling bin.  Fortnightly collection alternating with rubbish.  For plastics, tins, cans, paper, and cardboard
Rubbish bin.  Fortnightly collection alternating with recycling.  For items that cannot be reused, recycled, or donated.

As part of our new kerbside collection service, Tauranga households will be provided with new bins for food scraps, recycling and rubbish.  This is in addition to their glass recycling bin. Those who have opted into garden waste collections will also receive a garden waste bin.

Download the garden waste brochure (390kb pdf)

Download the rubbish, recycling and food scraps brochure (1.09mb pdf)

Food scraps (your small green bin)

Yes No
Fruit and vegetables Bags or bin liners (including plastic, compostable and biodegradable bags/liners)
Bread and dairy Cling film
Cooked food and leftovers Fruit stickers
Egg and seafood shells Tea bags
Coffee grounds Liquids
Paper towels (from food prep) Animal waste
Indoor cut flowers Compostable packaging
Meat, fish and bones  

Recycling (your yellow lidded wheelie bin)

Yes No
Paper and cardboard Plastic bottles and containers numbered three, four, six and seven
Plastic bottles and containers numbered one, two and five Soft plastics e.g. plastic bags
Tins and cans Compostable items
  Coffee takeaway cups/lids
  Milk and juice cartons
  Clothing
  Toys
  Polystyrene
  Lids

 Glass bottle and jars (your blue crate)

Yes No
Glass bottles Broken glass
Glass jars Light bulbs or fluorescent tubes
  Medicine or vape ware
  Perfume bottles
  Cookware or drinking glasses
  Windows or mirrors
  Lids

Rubbish (your red lidded wheelie bin)

For anything that can’t be reused, recycled or composted

Yes
Broken bottles/glass
Nappies
Wet wipes
Soft plastics e.g. plastic bags and cling film
Lids
Polystrene

Garden Waste, opt-in only (your green lidded wheelie bin)

Yes No (put me in the rubbish bin) No (take me to the transfer station)
Grass clippings (mix me with other garden waste to ensure the load is light enough for collection) Bags or bin liners (including plastic, compostable and biodegradable bags/liners) Soil
Leaves Flax, bamboo, pampas Rocks
Plants Palm or cabbage tree leaves Tree Trunks
Small branches and twigs Compostable packaging  
Weeds Animal waste  
Flowers    

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