Kerbside Recycling Collection Changes: FAQs

Recycling in the Horowhenua District is set to change on 1 July 2019 as Council introduces improvements to the kerbside recycling collection service.

We've put together some common questions about the upcoming changes and the corresponding answers.

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The kerbside recycling service is being extended to cover:

  • Bergin Road, Foxton 4814
  • Florida Road, Muhunoa East 5570
  • Grefor Lane, Waitārere Beach 5510
  • Ivy Lane, Ōhau 5570
  • Speldhurst Country Estate, Levin 5571
  • Ōhau Gravels Way, Ōhau 5570
  • Pinot Cresent, Ōhau 5570
  • Pretoria Road, Shannon 4474
  • St Laurent Way, Ōhau 5570
  • Tui Glen Drive, Levin 5571
  • Woven Stone Way, Ōhau 5570

If you live in these areas, you will get a wheelie bin and a green crate for your recycling, and your kerbside recycling service will start from 1 July. Check our Zero Waste Hero Locations page for your collection day and start date.

However, properties on some rural roads will still not receive the kerbside recycling service. Rural roads often have high speed limits and are too narrow for the recycling truck to pull safely off the road while workers collect the recycling. This creates a safety hazard for workers and other traffic.

Yes. In 2018, we consulted the community about our Waste Minimisation and Management Plan, which said we would procure a new recycling collection contract. Additional information was provided for the community public engagement on the Annual Plan 2019/20.

New recycling wheelie bin  Green recycling crate
Paper and cardboard – Newspapers, magazines and circulars, egg cartons, boxes, envelopes Glass bottles
Tins and cans - Aluminium drink cans, steel food tins, metal jar and bottle lids, metal aerosol cans Glass jars
Hard plastics – Plastic bottles, plastic containers  
Please don't recycle...
Soft plastics – Plastic bags, bread bags, food wrappers Broken glass
Polystyrene  Light bulbs
General rubbish  Window and mirror glass
Food waste  Pyrex and heatproof bakeware
Garden waste  Drinking and crystal glasses
Electrical and electronic waste   
Hazardous waste   

A table and maps (Levin only) showing collection dates are provided below.

Recycling Changes 2019 - Levin Maps(PDF, 564KB)

New recycling service start dates
Monday 1 July Foxton, Foxton Beach
Monday 8 July Waikawa, Waitārere Beach, and rural north-west Levin*

*Kawiu Road from corner of Tiro Tiro Road, Avenue North Road, Lindsay Road (partial collection), Lea Grove, Te Whanau Road, Clay Road
Tuesday 2 July North-west Levin from Queen Street West to 45 The Avenue and corner of Tiro Tiro and Kawiu Roads
Tuesday 9 July South-west Levin from Queen Street West, Hōkio
Wednesday 3 July Half of urban north-east Levin and rural south-east Levin*

*Rural south-east Levin includes: Arete Lane, Denton Road, Garth Road, Gladstone Road (partial collection), Milbel Way, Pohutukawa Drive, Pukematawai Lane, Redwood Grove, Wakefield Road and Tararua Road.
Wednesday 10 July Other half of urban north-east Levin*
Thursday 4 July Half of south-east Levin and rural north-east Levin*

*Rural north-east Levin includes: Emerald Hills Road, Heatherlea East Road, Heatherlea West Road, Jacksons Road, Koputaroa Road (partial collection), Kukutauaki Road, McDonald Road, Paiaka Road, Potts Road, Serenity Lane, Sorenson Road, Tavistock Road, Twin Peaks Grove, Waihou Road, Wallace Road, Wallace Loop Road
Thursday 11 July  Other half of urban south-east Levin*
Friday 5 July  Shannon, Tokomaru, Mangaore, Speldhurst
Friday 12 July  Ōhau, Manakau

Horowhenua District Council sends recycling to a materials recovery facility in Palmerston North for sorting and processing prior to sale on the recycling market. Many recycled materials are bought and used within New Zealand.

You can request a smaller 80L bin or a second recycling crate to use instead of your 240L bin – you will still need to separate your glass recycling from your other recycling if you choose these options. In addition, we will sell tow hitches at cost price to enable you to tow your recycling wheelie bin behind your car.

There will be several key differences between your current kerbside recycling collection and the kerbside recycling collection you will receive after 1 July:

  • Glass will need to be separated out from other recycling. Between May and July you will get a 240-litre recycling wheelie bin for paper, cardboard, plastics and cans. Please keep your existing green recycling crate and use it for glass.
  • Your recycling will be collected every two weeks. Your kerbside rubbish will continue to be collected every week.
  • Your recycling day will stay the same, and your recycling wheelie bin will be collected on the same day as your green recycling crate. 

After 1 July 2019, a three-level system will operate for contamination of bins with non-recyclable material.

  • Level 1 Contamination – The first time your recycling wheelie bin contains minor amounts of non-recyclable material, you’ll get a Level 1 sticker on your bin and we’ll provide you with information to help you recycle right. Your bin will be emptied.
  • Level 2 Contamination – If we are unable to collect your recycling because of major contamination with non-recyclable materials, or minor contamination occurs for the second time in six weeks, you’ll get a Level 2 sticker on your bin and we’ll provide you with information to help you recycle right. Your bin will not be emptied.
  • Level 3 Contamination – In cases of serious repeat contamination with non-recyclable material, your kerbside recycling collection service may be suspended indefinitely or your recycling bin may be removed. You’ll need to contact us to have your service resumed. You will still be able to take your recycling to a recycling station.

Why do we need the three levels system?

Horowhenua District Council sends kerbside recycling to a materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting and processing prior to sale on the global recycling market. If a truckload of our kerbside recycling is contaminated with more than about 11 per cent non-recyclable material, the whole truckload can be rejected. If there is serious repeat contamination from our district, the MRF may eventually stop accepting recycling from Horowhenua.

It’s important that we all do our bit to prevent this from happening and protect our environment. 

We will be providing an increased level of recycling service from 1 July this year. As a result, there will be changes to the kerbside recycling collection service.

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