Commercial recycling

We provide an optional recycling collection and food waste service for local businesses, with a focus on long-term sustainability and strong commitment to service delivery.

There are three service options depending on your business needs:

  • commingled (mixed) recycling – a scheduled collection on Tuesday and/or Thursday (choose one day or two, depending on your business needs)
  • glass recycling – an on-call collection
  • food waste and compostable items collection – a scheduled weekday service

We'll pick up your recycling from an agreed location that's mutually convenient. In other words, a location that works for you and for us – our trucks and collection team need easy access to the pickup point.

Glass collection

Kerbside glass recycling collection services have been stopped temporarily due to Omicron. If you are a commercial glass customer, who receives a regular invoice from us, your glass recycling will still be collected. Please continue to place it out for collection and get in touch if you have any questions.

City centre businesses must now have recycling in containers

From 1 January 2022, we will be triggering a term in our Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw which requires recycling to be contained.

This means all businesses will need to pay for a commercial recycling service for cardboard and other recycling, and it must be contained in crates or wheelie bins.

We will have a grace period while this change occurs but from Monday 31 January, we'll start treating this as litter or illegal dumping as we do in other parts of the city.

A range of companies in town offer commercial recycling services and their details are all online.

We encourage you to investigate options and have a service in place before the change in date on 1 January 2022.

To join our commercial recycling service or find out more, please fill out the form. We'll be in touch to discuss the options with you, and which of our services can best support your business. In some cases, our rated kerbside collection may be more suitable. This is the collection funded through your annual property rates.

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Commercial recycling service options

Our commercial recycling services are invoiced quarterly. All prices listed below exclude GST.

Commingled recycling

  • clean paper and cardboard
  • clean cans and tins
  • clean hard plastic containers

We offer 80-litre and 240-litre wheelie bins at $6 per bin, per scheduled visit.

This service operates on Tuesday and/or Thursday and offers flexibility as you can choose the frequency of collections.

Glass recycling

The glass recycling service requires the customer to sort the glass by colour: clear, brown, and green. We'll provide you with a wheelie bin or crate for each colour. Simply contact us to pick them up when they're full.

We offer:

  • 45 litre crates
  • 80 litre or 240 litre wheelie bins

For the 45 litre or 80 litre options, the callout charge is $6 per visit. For the 240 litre option, the callout charge is $14 per visit.

We're also able to provide a customised service, with different sized bins for different colours of glass. Please contact us for pricing if you’re interested in this option.

Food waste and compostable items collection

This service operates daily and offers flexibility as you can choose the frequency of collections.

We accept:

  • food scraps, including meat bones and coffee grounds
  • paper towels
  • certified compostable packaging

We take your food waste and use it to make compost at the Awapuni Resource Recovery Centre. The compostable packaging must adhere to our required standards. We can advise you on this.

We offer 80 litre and 240 litre wheelie bins at $6 per bin per scheduled visit.