Our summer 2020/21 Kerbside rubbish and recycling schedule, with additional collections for some areas, begins on Boxing Day - 26 December 2020 - and runs until 30 January 2021. Download it here. There are no delays in collections following public holidays during the summer collection period. Missed your Kerbside collection day? Drop your blue Council rubbish bags and recycling for free at one of our seven Refuse Transfer Stations, or at one of our drop-off sites or portable compactors ($2 per bag of domestic rubbish) Change to plastic recycling We are now only collecting plastic types 1 and 2, instead of types 1 to 7 at the Kerbside and at our Refuse Transfer Stations. Paper, cardboard and cans/tins will still be collected as usual in wheelie bins. The change only applies to plastics. Check our Guide to Recyling on the Coromandel for more information on what can and cannot be recycled on the Coromandel. What are plastics 1 & 2? Most hard plastics have a number on the bottom in a triangle made of arrows. The number refers to the type of plastic. Typical examples of plastics 1 and 2 are milk bottles, drink bottles, food jars, personal cosmetics. The best way to be sure of the plastic type is to LOOK FOR THE NUMBER. If the number is not 1 or 2, or if there is no number, put it in your general rubbish. The recycle.co.nz website has good information on identifying recyclable plastics. Why the change? Plastics numbered 1 and 2 can be recycled within New Zealand but types 3 to 7 have to be shipped overseas for processing and are no longer accepted by most global markets. A number of initiatives have been investigated across New Zealand for recycling plastics 3 to 7, however the viability of this remains largely impractical, so these plastics will be going to landfill in New Zealand for now. Recycling sent overseas can end up as someone else’s rubbish. Shipping our recycling overseas also incurs a large carbon cost and can be processed in countries with significantly different employment practices to New Zealand – potentially putting those workers at risk handling refuse in unsafe conditions. For these reasons, it’s best that we handle all our recycling here in New Zealand. We are asking that people on the Coromandel avoid buying products that use non-recyclable plastic where possible, in order to lessen the amount of plastic going into landfill. How to put out your rubbish and recycling for Kerbside collection: When it's Kerbside collection day in your area, put out your blue Council rubbish bag, and if it's your area's turn for recycling collection, your crate for glass bottles and jars and your wheelie bin for other recyclables - by the kerb at the side of the road. Stay informed: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to the "rubbish and recycling" eNewsletter.