With new standardised recycling rules in place across most of the country, some items are no longer accepted in kerbside bins but can still be recycled - so what do you do with them?   

Frhow to recycle page image FocusFillMaxWyIwLjAwIiwiMC4wMCIsNzk1LDM5N10om February 1, the new plan was implemented where everyone will have to follow identical guidelines for what items can and cannot be placed in their kerbside recycling bins.   

Previously, regions had different rules for what was accepted in local council collections. It's hoped the new rules will make recycling the correct items easier for everyone and reduce the amount of contaminated items in recycling bins.  

The new rules have seen items like aerosol cans, aluminium foil/trays, bread bags, juice boxes, beverage cartons and items less than 50mm such as caps no longer allowed in your kerbside recycling bins. But they can actually still be recycled. 

The new plan has left some Kiwis scratching their heads about what to do with items that can still be recycled but not kerbside.   The Ministry for the Environment has created a searchabl;e list for those products no longer able to go in your kerbside collections.

How to recycle items not accepted at kerbside

Items can be recycled through kerbside collections, drop-off locations and take-back schemes.

Find out how items can be recycled and how to prepare items for recycling. Search by item or scroll down the list. 

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