Recycling & Zero Waste

Last updated: 03 Jun, 2022 05:08pm

Updated recycling calendar

Download an updated version of our rubbish & recycling calendar for 2022 and 2033. The previous version provided to us included incorrect dates for each week’s collections. You can also get a printed copy of the new version from our 28 Holloway St office.

Our Recycling and Zero Waste Commitment

Our key focus is to reduce the total quantity of waste sent to class 1 landfills from 600kg to 400kg per person per annum by 2026. We are confident that with residents, businesses and councils working together we can achieve this goal.

Kerbside recycling and sustainability


How does it work?

Both recycling crates (green and maroon) can be used for glass only and your recycling wheelie bin can be used for all other recyclables (clean tins, cans, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers numbered 1 and 2 such as drink, water, and milk bottles).

Your glass crates and the recycling wheelie bin will be collected on alternating weeks.

This is why we’ve numbered the bins with a 1 or 2, which corresponds to the calendar in the booklet which came with the wheelie bins. Bins numbered 1 are the red line on the calendar, and bins numbered 2 are the blue line.

Recycling in Carterton: How does collection work?

Key things to remember

  • Your kerbside recycling and general waste are collected on Mondays.
  • Must be out by 7.30 or it stays dirty!
  • Forgotten whether it’s week one or week 2? Check out the top bar on the homepage of our website
  • All containers are best rinsed, lids off and not squashed please.

Collection Areas

The map below shows weekly collection areas in urban Carterton.


Recycling Plastics

Plastics numbered 1-2 and 5 are recyclable and include soft drink bottles, sports bottles, water bottles, milk bottles, cleaning products, and 2-litre ice-cream containers.

Pop these into your wheelie bin.

Plastics that have the number 3, 4, 6 or 7 on them are “disposable” plastics. It’s best to avoid using these plastics in the first place if you can.

Plastics numbered 3, 4, 6 and 7 (disposable) include: yoghurt pots, takeaway grocery bags, squeezable bottles, hard containers, medicine bottles, plastic plates/cutlery.

They are no longer able to be recycled because of changes in the global recycling market.

Videos: Recycling

The following videos explain the process of recycling and the impact of waste on New Zealand.