Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time

Published: Friday 21 September 2018

Most Aucklanders are good recyclers, but it's easy to get confused about how to 'recycle right'.

Just because a something has a recycling symbol on it, doesn’t always mean it can be recycled. 

Play the Recycle Right game to test your knowledge and see if you know what is supposed to go in your recycling bin.

Once you've played the game, check out the list below. To help you get it right every time, we've highlighted 10 items that should always make it into your Auckland Council kerbside recycling bin.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (2)

Plastic Biscuit Trays 

Throw the plastic trays from cakes, biscuits, and crackers in your recycling bin. The soft plastic on the outside can be taken to your local soft plastic collection bin. Use the store locator to find a collection point near you. 

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time

Plastic Meat Trays

Don’t confuse these with polystyrene trays.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (1)

Plastic Takeaway Containers

Remember to rinse the container first.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (3)

Plastic Bottles

Keep your lids on.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (4)

Glass Bottles

Chuck them in the recycling or clean them out and use them again.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (5)

Cardboard

Remember to flatten your cardboard.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (8)

Aluminium Can         

Squash your aluminium cans to make more space in your bin.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (9)

Tins

Both the lid and the container can go in your recycling bin.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (6)

Tetra Pak

Soy milk containers, juice boxes, you name it.

Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time (7)

Used Pizza Box

The box can go in your recycling – but keep the leftover pizza out.

Over to you

Overall, a great rule of thumb to follow is that you can recycle most containers from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Just remember to rinse and leave lids on bottles and containers before placing them in the recycling bin.

If you’re unsure about whether an item can be recycled or not, check out our recycling search tool.

Test your recycling knowledge and find out more about recycling in Auckland by heading to recycleright.co.nz

Originally published on OurAuckland.