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What can be recycled

Paper, cardboard, plastics 1 & 2, food and drink cans*

The following items are currently accepted for free for recycling at our Transfer Stations, or can be collected from the kerbside by participating private waste companies through a wheelie bin service:

  • Plastics numbered 1 & 2
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Food and drink cans (all steel, tin and aluminium cans)

If you’d like a kerbside recycling wheelie bin service, you’ll need to contact one of the private waste companies offering this service in Tauranga, as the Council doesn’t currently provide this service for residents. However, we’re proposing to change this with our proposed kerbside collection service.


Glass bottles and cans are accepted for free for recycling at our Council transfer stations, or are collected by the Council through our kerbside glass collection service. Other glass like windows or lightbulbs should go into your rubbish bin.

Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive

Other items that can also be recycled for free at our Transfer Stations*

  • Gas bottles
  • Home appliances: fridges or freezers, ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines and clothes dryers
  • Desktop computer towers
  • Metals
  • Mobile phones with batteries 
  • Oil (5 x 4 litre packs - up to 20 litres max). Waste oil is collected at the waste pit (located at the waste drop off area within the transfer station – separate to the recycling centre). If you bring the oil as part of a load containing waste, the whole load will be charged as waste.  For larger quantities or commercial operations please contact Transpacific Technical Services or Waste Petroleum Combustion Ltd. 
  • Rechargeable household batteries (e.g. AA, AAA etc). Non-rechargeable household batteries are unable to be recycled and are placed in landfill.

*We aim to provide the most up-to-date information on what is currently recyclable in Tauranga City, however, this information is subject to change and is currently controlled by private waste companies (with the exception of glass). We are proposing to change this and take ownership of recycling in Tauranga through our proposed kerbside collection service.


We can recycle TVs at our transfer stations for a fee of $35 per TV. We can also accept desktop computer towers for recycling at no charge. Screens, laptops, keyboards and mice can’t currently be recycled at our transfer stations, however there is a local company: Computer Recyclers that can recycle these.

Car seats

We don’t currently recycle car seats at our transfer stations, however the SeatSmart programme has a collection site in Tauranga at Baby on the Move (132 First Avenue), where you can take your seat to be recycled. The cost of recycling a seat is $25 (RRP). This will not only mean recyclable materials like metal and plastic don’t get wasted, but helps employ people with disabilities or who are disadvantaged as they use social enterprises to dismantle some of the seats. For more information visit www.seatsmart.co.nz or find us on Facebook.

Recycling tips


  • Numbers 1 and 2 only
  • They need to be cleaned: empty, washed and lids off

Paper & cardboard

  • Clean paper and cardboard only – e.g. no food on it
  • No staples, binding or cellotape
  • Shiny or matte, magazines are OK
  • Paper towels can’t be recycled - even though they’re made of paper
  • No photocopy paper ream covers (the glossy plastic stuff)
  • Best to flatten to reduce the space in the recycling container

Cans & tins

  • These need to be clean

Glass recycling

  • Yes please:
    • Glass bottles and jars that held food or drink only
  • No thanks:
    • lids
    • broken glass
    • cookware, drinking glasses, or heatproof glass (e.g. vaping containers) as they have a different melting point to normal food and beverage glass
    • light bulbs or fluorescent tubes
    • window or mirror glass

Last Reviewed: 03/03/2020


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