What Goes Where

Overview

Do you accept the challenge? All waste, even recycled materials, will have an impact on our environment. Let’s produce as little rubbish as possible. This “What Goes Where” for rubbish and recycling will help you make sure that your household waste products end up where they need to.

Recyclable material

Check out the video below for our most common items found in recycling that just shouldn't be there!

Council Green Glass Recycling Crate

These items can go in your Horowhenua District Council Glass Recycling Crate (please make sure all items are empty and clean):

  • Glass bottles (lids removed)
  • Glass food jars (lids removed)

Some types of glass are dangerous to recycling collectors or can't be easily recycled because they melt at different temperatures.

Council Green Recycling Wheelie Bin

These items can go in your Horowhenua District Council Recycling Wheelie Bin (please make sure all items are empty and clean):

  • Aluminium cans
  • Steel food tins and cans
  • Cardboard (Excluding pizza boxes)
  • Paper/Newspaper/Junk mail
  • Milk bottles (lids removed)
  • Plastic drink bottles (lids removed)
  • Plastic food containers (this excludes meat trays due to contamination from meat juice and soft plastics. These go in your Council rubbish bag.)
  • Shampoo, conditioner or body wash bottles

Don't forget to wash and squash. Non-recyclable materials can endanger recycling collectors, break machinery or contaminate recyclables. If your bin contains non-recyclable materials, we may not be able to collect it.

Organic Waste

Greenwaste

Green waste can be taken to the Foxton and Shannon Transfer Stations or composted at home.

Our green waste is shredded and processed off site. To protect our contractors, their equipment from damage, and to maintain the quality of product there must be some restrictions on our dumped green waste.

Green waste cannot contain any of the following or the whole load must be charged & dumped as refuse.

  • Flax
  • Phoenix Palm Fronds
  • Cabbage Trees/ leaves
  • Stumps
  • Tree limbs over 100mm diameter
  • Gorse or Vines
  • Bamboo
  • Netting/String/Twine/Wire
  • Plastic bags
  • Steel poles/ stakes
  • Rubbish
  • Hardfill/concrete/rocks

Food Waste

There is currently no food waste collection or drop off in the district. Food waste can be composted or used in a worm farm at home. For further information regarding minimisation of food waste please visit our Waste Minimisation page.

E-Waste (Electronic Waste)

E-waste can be taken to our Foxton Transfer Station and Resource Recovery Park for recycling. E-waste is discarded electrical or electronic devices such as televisions, computers, printers, cameras, batteries, and fixed-line and mobile phones.

Small items, such as mobile phones, will be free to recycle. For larger items, such as televisions and photocopiers, user charges will help to cover the cost of processing and transportation for recycling. A full list of fees is available on our Fees and Charges page

Kerbside Rubbish

Some items cannot be recycled and will need to be disposed of appropriately. Below are some example of items that can go in your Horowhenua District Council rubbish bag:

  • Clothing and shoes (poor condition, wet, stained, torn)
  • Crockery and cutlery (poor condition, broken)
  • Disposable plates
  • Fabric (poor condition, wet, stained, torn)
  • Glass (broken) - wrap in newspaper and place in your Council rubbish bag.
  • Light bulb (broken, halogen, incandescent, LED) - wrap in newspaper and place in your Council rubbish bag.
  • Makeup
  • Meat trays - plastic (due to contamination from meat juice) and polystyrene
  • Mirrored glass - wrap in newspaper and place in your Council rubbish bag.
  • Perfume bottles - wrap in newspaper and place in your Council rubbish bag.
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrap / Gladwrap
  • Polystyrene
  • Pyrex glass (poor condition, broken) - wrap in newspaper and place in your Council rubbish bag.
  • Rubbish (household)
  • Soft plastics
  • Takeaway cups (coffee, soft drinks)
  • Tissues / paper towels (used)
  • Toys in poor condition (mixed material / wood / hard plastic)
  • Videos, CDs and DVDs (poor condition, broken)
  • Waxed cardboard cartons (plastic-coated cardboard) - eg takeaway cups, milk or custard cartons.
  • Window glass (broken) - wrap in newspaper and place in your Council rubbish bag.

Please do not put the following in your council rubbish bag:

  • Batteries (Batteries are one of the major causes of landfill fires and need to be disposed of appropriately)
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Hazardous Waste/Household chemicals
  • Items over 10kg

Foxton or Shannon Waste Transfer Recycling Stations

Some items are too bulky to put in kerbside collection or have special requirements for disposal. The following items can be taken to the Foxton or Shannon Waste Transfer Recycling Stations:

  • Batteries (Household, cellphone batteries, car batteries etc.)
  • Computers
  • Concrete
  • Dirt / clean fill / soil
  • E-Waste (anything electrical)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Furniture (poor condition, broken)
  • Garden waste/Greenwaste
  • Gas cylinder / LPG bottle
  • Heater (electric)
  • Mattress (poor condition, wet, stained, torn)
  • Paint (Wet or dry)
  • Televisions
  • Timber / wood
  • Trees / stumps
  • Tyres
  • Whiteware
  • Waste Oil

Foxton and Shannon Transfer Stations do not accept hazardous waste.

If you are unsure of if an item can be disposed of at the transfer station please contact council on 06 366 0999 or at enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz

Hazardous Substances

All hazardous substances including garden chemicals need to be disposed of carefully. Information on disposal facilities for the Horowhenua District is available below.

The Horowhenua District Council Waste Transfer Stations do not accept hazardous substances. This means anything that is:

  • explosive;
  • flammable;
  • reactive;
  • toxic;
  • corrosive; or
  • infectious.

This includes the following items:

  • bulk liquids;
  • lead Acid Batteries;
  • refrigerators and freezers;
  • PCB wastes (Polychlorinated Biphenyls found in Ballasts in fluorescent lighting systems);
  • asbestos.

Options for Disposal - Chemicals, Paint Thinners, Pharmaceutical Drugs & Explosives

Options for Disposal - Asbestos

If you have asbestos to dispose of, you can either:

If you are unsure about what to do with any hazardous substances, please contact Council on (06) 366 0999.

Other items

These items can't be disposed of in your Council kerbside collected bags, wheelie bins, or crates:

Item Disposal
Aluminium Take to a metal recyclers
Aluminium foil Take to a metal recyclers
Bicycles / bike parts (poor condition, rusted) Take to a metal recyclers OR can be taken to the Foxton or Shannon Waste Transfer Recycling Stations.
Brass Take to a metal recyclers
Car parts Take to a metal recyclers
Cars (unwanted, for scrap) Contact your local wreckers. You could get cash for your old car.
Copper Take to a metal recyclers.
Corrugated Iron Take to a metal recyclers.
Diesel Take to a chemical collection and disposal company.
Electrical cable Take to a metal recyclers.
Fluorescent lights Fluorescent lights contain mercury and must be properly disposed of. Contact Interwaste for options to properly recycle your fluorescent lights.
Medicine Take to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.
Mobile phones (any condition) Take to Noel Leeming, Levin or visit Re:Mobile for more options to recycle your mobile phone.
Needles / syringes Take to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.
Oil (cooking) Take to a Waste cooking oil removal company.
Paint Take to a Resene ColourShop or Foxton Transfer Station
Pesticides Take to a chemical collection and disposal company.
Petrol Take to a chemical collection and disposal company.
Pots and pans (poor condition, stainless steel) Take to a metal recyclers.
Scrap metal Take to a metal recyclers.
Solvents Take to a chemical collection or disposal company.
Stainless steel Take to a metal recyclers.
Tin (metal) Take to a metal recyclers.
Tools (poor condition / broken) Take to a metal recyclers.
Trailers Take to a metal recyclers.

Donate to your local charity shop

If an item is in good, usable condition, don't throw it out. It can be donated to your local charity shop. This includes:

  • Bedding
  • Board games (all parts included)
  • CDs
  • Clothing
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Fabric
  • Furniture
  • Glasses / eyewear
  • Mattress
  • Musical instruments
  • Pots and pans
  • Pyrex glass
  • Shoes
  • Sports equipment
  • Tools
  • Toys
  • Videos and DVDs.