What can’t be recycled yet

Plastic shopping bags


New Zealanders use over 1.6 billion plastic bags in the home every year.

Soft plastics such as bread bags, frozen food bags, food wrap, toilet roll wrap and plastic shopping bags aren’t able to be recycled through your kerbside collection, but they can be recycled at your supermarket or The Warehouse.

Hamilton is the second city in New Zealand to be a part of this great idea funded by industry and supported by Fight the Landfill and Hamilton City Council.

The plan is that within a few years, about 70% of New Zealanders will have access to soft plastic recycling bins within 20km of our homes. How cool is that?

Take any plastic bag or wrapper that can be scrunched into the palm of your hand and drop it off at any one of the 16 locations around central Hamilton. Drop off points are Countdown, Pak N Save and New World supermarkets and The Warehouse stores.


  • Countdown Rototuna – cnr Hukanui & Thomas Road
  • New World Rototuna – 44 Horsham Downs Road
  • Countdown Chartwell – Chartwell Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukunui & Comries Roads
  • Countdown Hamilton East – 160 Peachgrove Road
  • The Warehouse Clyde Street – 265 Clyde Street
  • New World Glenview – Ohaupo Road
  • Countdown Bridge Street – Cnr Bridge & Anglesea Streets
  • Pak’n Save Clarence Street – Clarence Street
  • The Warehouse City – Cnr Ward & Anglesea Streets
  • Countdown Anglesea St – Cnr Anglesea & Liverpool Streets
  • Pak’n Save Mill Street – 17 Mill Street
  • Countdown Dinsdale – 47 Whatawhata Road
  • Countdown Nawton – Cnr Grandview & Hyde Ave
  • New World Te Rapa – 751 Te Rapa Road
  • Countdown Te Rapa – 8 Eagle Way
  • The Warehouse Te Rapa – The Base, cnr Te Rapa Road & Avalon Drive
  • Waikato University – Ground Floor Students Centre – Knighton Road, Hillcrest

The Soft Plastic Bag Recycling programme is run by the Packaging Forum and is funded by industry brands such as Mother Earth, Wrigleys, Kimberly-Clark (plus many more) to help Hamilton City householders reduce plastic waste to landfill.

The soft plastics can be recycled and made into park benches, fitness circuits and bollards.

Other plastics 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

At this stage our recycling team only pick up plastics 1 and 2 from your recycling bin but collecting a wider range of plastics at the kerb in the future is currently being considered by Hamilton City Council.


aerosolAerosol cans have a warning – do not puncture. They’re filled with gas and under pressure.

If liquid is left in the can and it’s punctured, it could explode causing fire and injury. This is dangerous for our recycling team, their truck and your street.

Aluminium foil, plates and trays



Currently these items are not collected at kerbside.

Broken glass, drinking glasses or cups, crockery, pyrex, window glass, lightbulbs, mirrors and crystal

brokenGlass is 100% recyclable and can be made into new bottles and jars over and over but it is dangerous if broken. That’s why our recycling team want your glass bottles and jars put safely in the recycling bin, not in any other container such as a cardboard beer box, and why we can’t collect broken glass.

Window glass, frosted glass, blue glass, drinking glasses or cups, crockery, Pyrex, crystal and light bulbs are made from different materials and cannot be recycled with your glass bottles and jars.

Pizza boxes

pizzaPizza scraps and fatty oils inside the box make them a ‘no go’ for recycling.

Unfortunately, the contamination means they could compromise our paper and card collection, so at this point, they have to go to landfill. Fold them and pop them into the rubbish bag.