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Our handy recycling guide will help you make sure your household waste items end up in the right place.

Item
Where it should go Alternatives for disposal
 Aluminium can

This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.  You can take this item to our recycling facilities.
 Aluminium foil Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
 Asbestos This is a hazardous item. You cannot put it in your rubbish or recycling bin. Do not take it to a transfer station. To dispose, contact a professional asbestos removal company. The WorkSafe website has a list of certified asbestos removers.
Batteries (car) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.

 

Batteries (household, lithium) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can recycle your batteries free at the Ferguson Street Recycling Centre, Council's Customer Service Centre, or your local library.
Bedding

If this item is in good condition, it could be reused. Contact your local charity shop about making a donation.

Otherwise place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.

You can also take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.
Bicycles/bike parts (good condition) This item is not currently collected kerbside.
If this item is in good condition, it could be reused. Contact your local charity shop about making a donation.
You can also take this item to Green Bikes.
Bicycles/bike parts (poor condition, rusted) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to a recycler.
Board games (broken, parts missing) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. You can also take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.
Board games (good condition, all parts included) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.
 

Books



These could be reused. Contact your local charity shop about making a donation.

Alternatively, this item can be recycled in your Council wheelie bin.

You can also take this item to our recycling facilities.
Bottle (glass)
This item belongs in your glass crate.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Bottle (plastic number 1/2)

This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Bottle Tops

Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Box (cardboard)

This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. No dirty or wet cardboard.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Bread Tags

Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
It can also be taken to Environment Network Manawatū.
Bubblewrap

Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 

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Item
 Where it should go  Alternatives for disposal
Cans/tins

This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.  
Car parts This item is not currently collected kerbside.
These could be taken to an auto wrecker if in good condition (contact auto wrecker to find out if they will take it), otherwise take to a metal recycler.
Cardboard

This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Carpet This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.
Cars (unwanted, for scrap) You could get cash for your old car. Contact your local car wreckers.
CDs

If this item is in good condition, it could be reused. Contact your local charity shop about making a donation.

Otherwise place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.

Alternatively, you can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.
Chemical waste Please protect our waterways – never put this item in the bin or pour it down the drain.

Instead, save it for Council’s chemical waste day or phone 3R for collection (there will be a cost associated with this). More about chemical waste disposal.

Child Car Seat This item is not currently collected kerbside. For a $5 fee, you can recycle this item at Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Clingfilm

Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
Clothing (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.   
Clothing (poor condition, wet, stained, torn)

Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.

You can also take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.

Coffee Capsules

Some manufacturers provide recycling options. Check their websites for information.

Otherwise place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.

 
Coins This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.
 
Computers and Computer Accessories This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Concrete This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to:
Central Environmental
12 East St
Feilding, Feilding 4702
021 434 641

Longburn Shingle Co. Ltd
Walkers Road
Palmerston North 4477
06 354 6654
Cooking Oil This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre. More info.
Coolant

Please protect our waterways – never put this item in the bin or pour it down the drain.

Instead, save it for Council’s chemical waste day or phone 3R for collection (there will be a cost associated with this). More about chemical waste disposal.


Copier Toner This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Corks

Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Cream Cheese Container

Please check the plastic recycling number. If there's a 6, place the item in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Crockery and cutlery (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Crockery and cutlery (poor condition, broken) Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Curtains

If this item is in good condition, it could be reused. Contact your local charity shop about making a donation.

Otherwise place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.

You can also take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station.

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Item Where it should go Alternatives for disposal
Diesel This item is not currently collected kerbside. Suitable disposal options for this item are currently being investigated and this site will be updated once a solution is found.
Dirt/clean fill/soil This item is not currently collected kerbside.

For a fee, you can take this item to:

Longburn Shingle Co. Ltd
Walkers Road
Palmerston North 4477
06 354 6654

Dishwashers This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Disposable plates Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Disposable wipes Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.

Drinking glasses (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.
 
Dryer This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Egg Carton This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. No dirty or wet cardboard.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
E-waste This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Fabric (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Fabric (poor condition, wet ,stained, torn) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
Alternatively, it can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.
Fan This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Fireworks This item is not currently collected kerbside. 
You can ring Palmerston North arms officer for more information 
06 213 9381

Flax

Unfortunately we can’t accept flax in our green waste because it clogs up the shredder.

Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. 

 
Food scraps Turn food scraps into compost for your garden, or place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Fridge/freezer This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Furniture (good condition) This item is not currently collected kerbside. This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.
Furniture (poor condition,broken) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.
Gaming Consoles This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Garden/green waste This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can recycle this item at our recycling facilities at Awapuni or Ashhurst. More info.
Gas cylinders This item is not currently collected kerbside. For a fee, you can take this item to National Gas Ltd.
Glass (broken) Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Glass food jars This item belongs in your glass crate. Please make sure your jars are empty and clean. You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Glasses/eyewear (broken) Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Glasses/eyewear (good condition) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Specsavers.

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Item Where it should go Alternatives for disposal
Hair/fur Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.   
Heater (electric) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Heater (oil) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station.
Herbicides Please protect our waterways – never put this item in the bin or pour it down the drain.

Instead, save it for Council’s chemical waste day or phone 3R for collection (there will be a cost associated with this).

More about chemical waste disposal.

Ice cream containers Please check the number first.

These are normally number 5 and can be put into your recycling wheelie bin.

Some smaller containers of ice cream are packaged in non-recyclable grades of plastic, or in waxed cardboard, which can’t be recycled. 
Iron (electric appliance) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Joinery This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.
Junk mail This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Kettle This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Laptop Battery This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Lids (metal) This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. Metal only, no plastic.
 
Lids (plastic) New national recycling guidelines say no to plastic lids. Place this item in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Light-bulb (broken, halogen, incandescent, LED) Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Light-Bulb (energy saver/compact fluorescent) This item is not currently collected kerbside. Fee a fee, you can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Magazines This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Makeup Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Mattress (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Mattress (poor condition, wet, stained, torn) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More details.

 

Meat Tray

Please check the plastic number, as some containers can be recycled but not others.

In Palmy, we recycle plastic numbers 1, 2 and 5.

 
Medicine Take to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.  
Microwave This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Mirrors Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
It can also be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.

 

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Monitors This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Motor Oil This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Motor Oil Filter This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Musical instruments (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Musical instruments (poor condition/broken) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.

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Item Where it should go Alternatives for disposal
Needles/syringes Take to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.  
Newspaper This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Oven This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre, or contact a local second hand whiteware dealer.
Paint This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Resene Palmerston North, or contact Dulux Paint Take-Back Service.
Paper This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Pens Take your used pens to Just Zilch, which recycles them to raise money.
 
Perfume bottle Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Pesticides

Please protect our waterways – never put this item in the bin or pour it down the drain.

Instead, save it for Council’s chemical waste day or phone 3R for collection (there will be a cost associated with this).

More about chemical waste disposal.
Petrol This item is not currently collected kerbside.
Suitable disposal options for this item are currently being investigated and this site will be updated once a solution is found. 
Phone books This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Phone charger This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Photos Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Pink batts Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Pizza boxes This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. Please ensure that food scraps have been removed. No dirty or wet cardboard.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Plant pots These are normally number 5 so can be put into your recycling wheelie bin.
Better still, take them to our Ferguson Street Recycling Centre for reuse by the community.
Plastic bags Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Plastic number 1
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This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.  
Plastic number 2
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This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.
 
Plastic number 3
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Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Plastic number 4
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Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Plastic number 5
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This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.
 
Plastic number 6
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Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Plastic number 7
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Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Plastic wrap/soft plastic Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Polystyrene Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Pool chemicals

Please protect our waterways – never put this item in the bin or pour it down the drain.

Instead, save it for Council’s chemical waste day or phone 3R for collection (there will be a cost associated with this).

More about chemical waste disposal.
Pots and pans (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Pots and pans (poor condition, broken) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. Metal pots and pans can be taken to a local metal recycler.
Printer cartridges This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Warehouse Stationary.
Pyrex glass (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Pyrex glass (poor condition, broken) Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. It can also be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.

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Item Where it should go  Alternatives for disposal
Rubbish (household) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Scrap metal This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to a metal recycler.
Seedling trays Ask friends and family if they want them – reuse is better than recycling!
Otherwise check the numbers. We can accept trays made from 1, 2 and 5 in wheelie bins.
If they don’t have one of these numbers, please put them in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Shoes (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Shoes (poor condition, wet, stained, torn) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Shredded paper Unfortunately we can’t accept shredded paper in our recycling because it clogs up the machines.
You can compost it at home or put it in your rubbish bag.
 
Solvents

Please protect our waterways – never put this item in the bin or pour it down the drain.

Instead, save it for Council’s chemical waste day or phone 3R for collection (there will be a cost associated with this).

More about chemical waste disposal.
Sour cream container Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Soy/almond milk containers This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre during opening hours.
Sports equipment (good condition) This could be reused, please contact REPLAY about making a donation.
 
Sports equipment (poor/broken condition) This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Spray cans (empty) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Stainless steel This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to a metal recycler.
Suitcase If this item is in good condition, it could be reused. Contact your local charity shop about making a donation.
Otherwise place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Takeaway coffee cup Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
 
Takeaway food containers Please check the Plastic number, as some containers can be recycled but not others. In Palmy, we recycle plastic numbers 1, 2 and 5.
 
Tetra Pak cartons and containers  This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre during opening hours.
Telephones This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Till Receipts Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Timber/wood This item is not currently collected kerbside. For a fee, you can take this item to Reclaimed Timber Traders.
Toaster This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Toner cartridges This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Tools (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation。  
Tools (poor condition/broken) Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. It can also be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Toothpaste tube/ toothbrush
This item can be recycled at various locations in the city through Terracycle.  
Toys (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Toys (poor/broken condition) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Trees/stumps This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station.
Tyres This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can bring your old tyres to Awapuni Resource Recovery Park for a small fee. More info.

U V W X Y Z

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Item Where it should go Alternatives for disposal
Underlay This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
UPS This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Vacuum cleaner This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Vapes This item is not currently collected kerbside. For a fee, you can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Videos and DVDs (good condition) This could be reused, please contact your local charity shop about making a donation.  
Videos and DVDs (poor condition, broken) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Vinyl records If this item is in good condition, it could be reused. Contact your local charity shop about making a donation.
Otherwise place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.
It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Wallpaper Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Washing Machine This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to a metal recycler or Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Waxed cardboard cartons Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Whiteware This item is not currently collected kerbside. You can take this item to Ferguson Street Recycling Centre.
Window (complete with frame) Contact your local building recycler. They may pay you for whole windows still in their frames.  
Window glass (broken) Wrap in newspaper and place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.  
Wood pallets This item is not currently collected kerbside.
Untreated wood can be taken to Awapuni Resource
Recovery Park to be made into compost. Treated wood needs to go to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.

Wool Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag. It can be taken to Envirowaste Refuse Transfer Station or Ashhurst Transfer Station. More info.
Wrapping paper (foil or glitter-decorated) Place in your Palmerston North City Council wheelie bin.
 
Wrapping paper (standard) This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin. You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Yoghurt pots (large) This item belongs in your Council wheelie bin.
You can also recycle this item at our recycling facilities.
Yoghurt Pots (six-pack pottles) Place in your Palmerston North City Council rubbish bag.