Schools & not-for-profit organisations

The Council supports recycling in schools, early childhood centres and not-for-profit organisations. We provide a kerbside recycling service where possible and have grants available if commercial providers are needed.

Waste education

Learn from the Council's Waste Education Officers how to minimise your waste. Find out more about these free opportunities and resources: Waste Education.

Full Circle recycling sorting plant in Toop Road, Seaview.

Apply for support to recycle

Schools, early childhood centres and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a kerbside collection service or a recycling grant for their recycling.

Two options are available:

  • if your organisation produces small amounts of recycling, and is on one of our domestic collection routes, it may be assessed as suitable for a kerbside collection
  • If not, a grant is available for your organisation to use a commercial provider.

Kerbside collections service

Criteria for the kerbside collection service:

  • recycling fits in one wheelie bin (or two recycling bags) and one green crate - per week on alternate weeks
  • the school, early childhood centre or not-for-profit organisation is outside of the central city and we are already collecting recycling from homes in the street
  • putting recycling on the kerbside doesn't create a hazard for those using the footpath
  • collection times for that street are outside the times children at the centre are dropped off or picked up (for schools or early childhood centres).

Recycling grant

If your organisation does not meet this criteria you can apply for a grant of up to $500 annually.

The cost will cover paper recycling, which is typically 80% of a school waste stream, and some of the other recyclables (glass, plastic and tins).

For more information, email our Waste Operations team or call 04 383 7460.


Apply for a Kerbside Collection Service / Recycling Grant

Waste audits from Sustainability Trust

The Sustainability Trust offer waste audits to schools and other organisations. These can help your organisation save money, as well as reducing climate-change emissions.

The Trust will survey and analyse the waste created at your organisation or school, and then help find options for recycling and composting that work best for you.

Commercial providers

The following two commercial recycling companies offer school recycling. Organisations can still apply for the grant if they use other service providers.

Full Circle Recycling
Type of recycling Bin size Cost
Paper 1100L $26 per month

For more information contact:
Full Circle Recycling
Phone: 0800 732925

Waste Management
Type of recycling Bin size Cost
Paper/card 140L, 240L, 660L, 1.5m and 3.0m bins Flat fee of $40 +GST per month for unlimited empties
Glass 140l or 240l bins $8 +GST per empty (monthly, fortnightly, weekly rosters available)
Plastic/cans 140l or 240l bins $8 +GST per empty (monthly, fortnightly, weekly rosters available)

For more information contact:
Waste Management
Phone: 04 568 3550