How Kaipara recycling works
Recycling is an important part to our waste management, yet it can often be confusing because every council treats recycling differently. Waste Management systems will continue to change and improve, for now we aim to provide you with the most up to date information on how to correctly manage your waste.
An up-to-date guide on Kaipara Recycling
Kaipara Refuse Ltd is the official collector & processor of recycling in Kaipara. They are based in Ruawai and cover Mangawhai, Paparoa, Whakapirau, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka, Baylys Beach, Ruawai, & Dargaville.
The Yellow Bags
- All clean recycling should be placed in the official Kaipara Refuse yellow recycling bags
- Bags can be purchased from your local grocery outlet.
- Refer to the attached flyer for a list of all eligible items for recycling, or see our FAQ for more info.
- Please remember to wash and squash your recycling! Dirty/soiled items have to be redirected into landfill.
- Bags are collected from the kerbside on various days (see collection days below for your area).
Wednesday Paparoa, Whakapirau, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka
Tuesday Baylys Beach
Thursday Ruawai, Dargaville
Transfer Station dropoff
You can take your clean recyclable items to the following transfer stations and sort into the different categories yourself for a $2 fee:
Dargaville Transfer Station
Address: 199 Awakino Road, Dargaville
Tuesday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Saturday Only 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday Monday and Public Holidays
CHECK DARGAVILLE TRANSFER STATION INFO FOR CHRISTMAS/NEWYEAR 2020-21 OPENING HOURS
Kaipara Refuse Depot, Ruawai
Address: 7-9 Porritt Street, Ruawai
Wednesdays Only – 8am – 3pm
Hakaru ReSort Centre (near Mangawhai/Kaiwaka)
Kaipara Recycling FAQ
Can we put soft plastics into the bag?
No. Soft plastics are currently not collected in the kerbside recycling. You can however take your soft plastics to your nearest Soft Plastics Recycling bin, located at selected supermarkets. A list of current locations of these bins can be found here: www.recycling.kiwi.nz/store-locator
Why do we have to use a PLASTIC BAG to put our recycling into?
We know it’s not ideal, but at the moment Kaipara recycling is collected and processed BY HAND, and there is not capacity to use wheelie bins. We are always working towards new solutions, so we hope we will be able to help offer something new in the future.
Why can't numbers other than 1 ,2 + 5 plastics be recycled?
These particular plastics are classed as “easy to recycle” and have several possibilities for reuse. Offshore recycling plants are no longer accepting our trash (and rightly so!) In NZ at this stage, we cannot recycle anything but #1, #2 and #5 plastic and some soft plastic, and it is likely other types will be banned here soon anyway.
Currently all other plastic in NZ goes to landfill.
Where do I find the number on my plastic?
The number will generally be on the bottom of the plastic container, inside a triangle recycling symbol. Sometimes you do have to look quite hard! If there is no number to be found, unfortunately it will have to go into landfill.