Terms and conditions for suburban kerbside recycling collection

  • The official containers for recycling are:
    • for glass only - the official Council 45-litre green crates
    • for other recyclable material - either the Wellington City Council black and yellow 140-litre wheelie bin or the Council's 70-litre green plastic bags.
  • Only appropriate recyclable materials will be collected.
  • The maximum weight for the contents in a recycling bag is 10kg, or green crate is 15 kilograms.
  • For health and safety reasons, the 45-litre crates must not be filled with glass above the top edge. If they are, they will not be collected. 
  • Glass and other recyclables will be collected on alternate weeks as specified for each area.
  • The official recycling containers must be on the kerb within specific times and:
    • either on a public street and in a way that doesn't obstruct a carriageway in front of the associated property if practical
    • or at a specific location as set by the Council.
  • The Council can declare some streets or locations unsafe for recycling collection. Phone (04) 499 4444 for more information.
  • The Council may withdraw services to residents who do not comply with the conditions.

For more detailed information, refer to: Controls for the Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2020