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Recycle What You Can

Recycling is absolutely important in eliminating waste and it’s your responsibility to make sure what can be recycled is recycled properly.

Recycling will always be part of the ongoing process of eliminating waste and it’s your responsibility to make sure what can be recycled is recycled properly.

Recycling systems are absolutely important but they can only process recyclables that have been rinsed clean – so take a moment to wash that baked beans can or empty shampoo bottle before you pop it in the recycling bin.

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What plastic can I recycle?

When you look at packaging and see a number inside that looks like a recycling symbol, remember – it’s not always recyclable. The code simply indicates the type of plastic. Most plastic can theoretically be recycled, but New Zealand only has facilities to recycle numbers 1 and 2 plastic. Avoid plastics with numbers 3 to 7.

Plastics’ good to recycle in NZ

Plastics that can’t be recycled in NZ

Where does recycling go?

Glass

Recycled glass stays in New Zealand and is turned into bottles, jars and road-building material.

Paper

Paper and cardboard is made into newsprint, writing paper, tissue, corrugated cardboard, egg cartons and fruit trays, here in New Zealand as well as in Asia.

Aluminium & Tin

Aluminium becomes new aerosol and drink cans, and tin is made into food cans, wire and building materials in New Zealand and Asia.

Plastic

All of our plastic is shipped to Australia and Southeast Asia, requiring fossil fuels to transport it.

When you are out shopping, select items made from or packaged in aluminum, tin or glass, which can be recycled an infinite number of times.

Did you know…

  • Turning tins and aluminium cans back into metal uses LESS energy than making new tins.
  • We have not recycled 90% of all the plastic made in the world since mass production began 60 years ago.
  • Biodegradable or compostable cups, straws and bags require a commercial composting facility to break down and they can’t be recycled.

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