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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 kerbside collection service, Tauranga households have been provided with 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.

Please note that each bin has a weight limit, if your bin is too heavy we may not be able to collect your bin. Rubbish, recycling and garden waste bins have a weight limit of 40kgs, food scraps bins have a weight limit of 14kgs and the glass bin is 10kgs.

Kerbside collections information brochure (1.2mb pdf)
Comprehensive bin guide (492kb pdf)
Garden waste brochure (301kb pdf)
Collection Calendar week 1 and 2 (553kb pdf)

Food scraps (your small green bin)

Max weight: 14 kgs

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)

Max weight: 40 kgs

Yes No
Paper and cardboard (no paper towels or tissues) Plastic bottles and containers numbered three, four, six and seven
Plastic bottles and containers numbered one, two and five (may be written as 1 or 01, 2 or 02, and 5 or 05) Soft plastics e.g. plastic bags
Tins and cans Compostable items
  Coffee takeaway cups/lids
  Milk and juice cartons e.g. UHT milk cartons, almond milk cartons
  Clothing
  Toys
  Polystyrene
  Lids

Glass bottle and jars (your blue crate)

Max weight: 10 kgs

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

Max weight: 40 kgs

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

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

 Max weight: 40 kgs 

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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What happens to your recycling

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