Buller District Council

What can be recycled

What can be recycled and what can’t, can be confusing. Research shows that Kiwis get it right 85% of the time. What can be recycled in the Buller District does depend on the zone your property is located. Check your zone guidelines for details ( and find out where your recycling goes).

There are some general guidelines what can go in the recycling. These are apply to the Westport and Reefton Transfer Station where you can drop of your recycling. So let’s get started.

What can be recycled ? 

  • Clear PET 1 bottles
  • Clean Milk bottles PET 2
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Clean aluminium and steel cans
  • Clean paper and cardboard bigger then an envelope

What can’t be recycled

  • Coloured plastics
  • Plastics # 3, # 4, # 6, # 7
  • Meat trays
  • Polystryrene
  • Soft plastics
  • Coffee cups
  • Plastic bags
  • Garden waste
  • Bubble wrap
  • Lids
  • Product with multiple components ( example Pringles containers).

Got this ? Pretty easy stuff. There a few things that are pretty important to make sure your recycling does not go into landfill.

Key things to make sure your recycling will be recycled

  • Plastics #1, #2 and #5 are only accepted presuming that they are thoroughly rinsed and clean.
  • Cardboard and paper are continuing, provided they don’t have liquid residue or food contamination. It is important to note that till receipts cannot be recycled, they are made from material which is coated in chemicals.
  • Aluminium tins and glasses continue to be accepted although any food residue prevents them from being recycled. You need to rinse, clean, check.

There are a few common items that shouldn’t go into your recycling bin but are commonly found in recycling across New Zealand.

Top things that can’t be recycled ( and end up in recycling)

  • Paper cups
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Tissues
  • Till receipts
  • Juice cartons
  • Coffee cups and lids
  • Compostable bottles
  • Compostable packaging and cups

This is a petty good run down and should make sure you recycle right. If you are still unsure, or need a reminder in your kitchen, download one of our fun infographics so you can be a yellow bin expert and recycle right.


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