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Archived: 15 Jan 2018 12:15pm

We are encouraging residents to help the environment and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by making sure they dispose of holiday-season recyclables responsibly this summer.

Household recycling in Selwyn has been steadily increasing in volume from 4,982 tonnes in the year to June 2016 to 5,385 tonnes in the year to June 2017, according to Solid Waste Manager, Andrew Boyd.

“It’s great to see the increase in recycling taking place. The summer holidays are a time when people generate more recyclables than throughout the rest of the year,” says Andrew.

All recyclable items must be loose in your yellow bin so they can be easily separated for recycling, not placed inside a plastic bag, as the machinery that sorts recycling rejects bagged items as rubbish. Soft plastics including newspaper wrap and cling film can’t be recycled through the kerbside recycling system, only empty supermarket plastic bags are accepted.

Takeaway coffee cups have a thin plastic coating on the inside, so that they can hold liquid. For this reason they can’t be recycled and need to be put into the rubbish bin. Drinking glasses or crockery also can’t be recycled – these differ from glass bottles and end up contaminating the recyclable glass.

“Recyclables must be emptied and cleaned before being put into recycle bins,” says Andrew.

Non-foil Christmas gift wrapping paper can be recycled rather than put into the rubbish.

What can't go in your recycling bin:

  • Items in bags. Keep them loose so they can be easily sorted for recycling
  • Take-away coffee cups
  • Drinking glasses or crockery
  • Plastic film, wrap, bubble wrap and newspaper wrap – instead these can be dropped off at soft plastic recycling receptacles at Countdown, New World or The Warehouse
  • Dirty recyclables – please wash containers that aren’t clean when empty
  • Polystyrene can’t be recycled in yellow bins but can be dropped off at Pines Resource Recovery Park free of charge
  • Lids from bottles and containers (put these in your rubbish bin)

For a full list of what you can’t and can’t recycle please visit, or you can request a free sticker for your recycling bin with this information by contacting the Council.

Rubbish and recycling collections scheduled on Christmas Day (Monday 25th) will take place the prior Saturday 23 December.
Refuse collections scheduled on New Year’s Day (Monday 1 January) will take place the prior Saturday 30 December.

All other collection days will proceed as normal.

The Pines Resource Recovery Park (transfer station) at Rolleston is also open most days over the holidays and has a drop off area where most recyclables can be dropped at no cost. Check for information on opening hours and the range of recyclables accepted.

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