FAQs - Rubbish & Recycling

This page contains frequently asked questions and answers about Horowhenua District Council's kerbside recycling service.

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All residents in areas covered by the kerbside recycling service are given a recycling wheelie bin and crate, and all ratepayers are charged the solid waste rate.

If you are in an area that recieves the recycling service, you cannot opt out. However, you can chose not to use the service.

Horowhenua District Council will only accept small quantities of lead paint at its transfer stations. For larger quantities, contact the Levin Transfer Station/Midwest on 06 367 2915

How do I dispose of lead paint flakes?

Households stripping lead paint off homes should gather all flakes into a bag while surface stripping (to avoid double handling) and advise the Levin Transfer Station upon disposal.

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Lead paint deposited in the general waste stream should be avoided because of the hazardous or toxic nature of these Lead substances. Lead paint when exposed to leachate inside the landfill environment generates lead oxide/s and is identified as a prohibited. Keeping Lead bagged in a sturdy plastic container (Barrel/Drum) will hold its shape and stability over years. The GPS mapping-in of a Lead paint filled drum provides to Council an ability to relocate its placement for safety and auditing purposes in future years.

Other paint can be taken to the Resene Paint Shop, 94 Cambridge Street for recycling. This is free for Resene brand paints, while other brands incur a small charge.

No person, organisation or company is allowed to cause a smoke nuisance. If a smoke nuisance is reported to Council (Urban smoke) or Horizons (Rural Smoke), in most instances the person responsible will be required to extinguish the fire.

To report a smoke nuisance please contact Councils Customer Services Team on (06) 366 0999, or Horizons on 24hr freephone: (+64) 0508 800 800

When you purchase Council bags you have paid for the collection of these bags in accordance with the collection cycle. You are welcome to place as many bags at the kerb side for collection as you wish. There is no limit.

Remember to have all bags kerbside by 7.30am each collection day. Council bags are identified with Council details. Collectors will not pick up any other type of bag.

A replacement recycling wheelie bin or crate can be arranged by contacting us on 366 0999, emailing enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz, or over the counter at any of our Customer Service Centres.

There is no charge to replace crates or recycling wheelie bins that have been broken or damaged through ordinary wear and tear.

For lost or stolen recycling wheelie bins, there is a $75 replacement charge, which includes delivery to your address. For lost or stolen recycling crates, there is a $17 replacement charge if you pick up your new crate from Council’s Main Office, or a $31.50 replacement charge if you have your new crate delivered to your address.

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