Kerbside Recycling Service Changes

Image of a 240 Litre recycling wheelie bin for upcoming recycling changes. Recycling in the Horowhenua District is set to change as Council introduces improvements to the kerbside recycling collection service. 

Between now and the end of June 2019, Council will deliver a new 240-litre recycling wheelie bin to residents who receive kerbside recycling services. After the new recycling service starts on 1 July, glass will need to be separated out from other recycling.

The new bin can be used to recycle paper, cardboard, hard plastics, and tins and cans, whilst the current green recycling crate will be for putting your glass recycling in. Glass needs to be separated from other recyclable materials because it is processed differently at sorting facilities for safety reasons.

Why are these changes being made?

The improvements we’re making 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're being made in response to feedback from the community during consultation on the Waste Minimisation and Management Plan last year. 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 will not change, and will continue to be collected weekly.

Details of what the changes mean for you will be provided in a flyer with your new recycling wheelie bin.

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 upcoming changes and the corresponding answers on our FAQs page.