Recycling bags

Clean paper, cardboard, plastic, tins and cans can all go into the recyclable Council recycling bags

COVID-19 update

  • Rubbish, glass and co-mingled recycling are being collected and processed as usual. Check the recycling calendar for your next collection date and collection times.
  • With Omicron in the community, it’s important to note that there may be changes to our levels of service at very short notice.
  • If your rubbish or recycling has been missed, please contact us on 04 499 4444 within 48 hours (excluding Sundays).
  • Only official receptacles (yellow Council rubbish bags, green/clear recycling bags and recycling wheelie bins) will be collected. We have a good stock of yellow Council rubbish bags at the Arapaki Service Centre, the Tip Shop, and Johnsonville, Kilbirnie, Newtown or Tawa libraries.
Image of the new recyclable recycling bag
Recyclable recycling bags introduced in 2019

Recyclable recycling bags

The see-through recycling bags introduced in 2019 are recyclable alongside the items that are put in them.

Using your recycling bags

  • The bags take clean paper, cardboard, plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5, tins and cans.
  • The bags hold up to 10kg in weight.
  • With the bags being see-through, we recommend that you ensure you don't put any confidential or sensitive documents within.
  • The new bags are wrapped in the same material as the bag so it can be the first thing you put into the new bags.
  • The same type of recycling materials that go in the wheelie bin can also go into these recycling bags. For more details, see: Sorting and preparing your recycling.

How to get recycling bags

Homes outside the city centre

If you live outside the city centre and your address is unsuitable for a wheelie bin, you will receive a yearly delivery of 52 recycling bags.

Recycling bags are distributed suburb by suburb between April and mid-July, and 2022 deliveries are now underway.

Please let us know by 31 August if you haven’t received your bags, and we’ll arrange to get some more sent out.

If you run out and need more recycling bags you can buy them for $13 (for a pack of 26 bags) at:

Homes in the city centre

If you live in the city centre, you don't need a Council recycling bag, you can place your recycling out for collection in any clear, plastic bag.

If you prefer, you can buy a pack of 10 clear plastic bags (5 for glass and 5 for general recycling) for $3.10 at the Council’s Service Centre

Note: We are currently reviewing the city centre's recycling collection system. This process will take some time.

Recycling items that can go in the bags

Clean paper, cardboard, plastics numbered 1, 2 & 5, tins and cans can all go into the bags. For more information on what is and isn't recyclable see: What to do with your waste.

Why we use recyclable bags

  • The new bags will be recycled back into LDPE pellets, as a ‘raw’ material as part of manufacturing of new products.
  • LDPE is widely used for manufacturing various containers, dispensing bottles, wash bottles, tubing, plastic bags for computer components, and various molded laboratory equipment. Its most common use is in plastic bags. Other products made from it include trays and general purpose containers.
  • The new bags will be recycled overseas while there is a market for such projects, and until on-shore processing and a local market exists.
  • Because the bags are see-through, they reduce contamination and risks to collectors.

Additional information about recycling bags