Kerbside Recycling Service Changes

Image of a 240 Litre recycling wheelie bin for upcoming recycling changes.

Recycling in Horowhenua has changed as Council introduces improvements to your kerbside recycling collection service.

If you receive the kerbside recycling service, you now have a new 240-litre recycling wheelie bin. The new bin can be used to recycle paper, cardboard, hard plastics, and tins and cans.

Glass now needs to be separated out from other recycling. Please keep your green recycling crate and use it to recycle glass. Glass needs to be separated from other recyclable materials because it is processed differently at sorting facilities for safety reasons.

Why has Council made these changes?

The improvements we’ve made to the service aim to increase the amount of material recycled, reduce the waste sent to landfill, and reduce health and safety risks to staff who collect and sort recycled materials. They’ve been made in response to feedback from the community during consultation on the Waste Minimisation and Management Plan in 2018. The feedback we received showed support for making it easier for people to recycle.

As well as making it easier for people to do more recycling, the new bins contain a RFID chip that identifies the property each bin belongs to. The RFID chip will help to stop your bin from being stolen and will also enable Council to identify and educate anyone who misuses the recycling service.

New fortnightly recycling collection (from 1 July)

The new service means your recycling will be collected every two weeks, instead of every week. However, your recycling collection day will stay the same.

The kerbside rubbish collection service has not changed, and will continue to be collected weekly.

Find out more

For more information visit Council’s Main Office or Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō in Levin, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton, or the Shannon Library, telephone (06) 366 0999 or email


We've put together some common questions about the changes and the corresponding answers on our FAQs page.