Council is running a 12-month recycling drop-off point trial in accordance with the Annual Plan 2016 – 2017.

The recycling drop-off point is located in Park Street, just outside Council’s depot, to the east of Maidstone Park. For a map and our media release announcing the beginning of the trial, please click here.

Residents are encouraged to use the facility to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic (numbered 1 – 7 but excluding polystyrene), cans, and glass bottles and jars.

Please observe the opening days and hours

Tuesday 7.30 am – 8.00 pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 7.30 am – 8.00 pm
Saturday 7.30 am – 8.00 pm

Outside of these times the bins will be unavailable to allow Waste Management to service the station.

Who is paying for the trial?

The recycling drop-off point trial is being funded through rates. The cost of providing and maintaining a recycling drop-off point was not budgeted within Council’s Long Term Plan 2015 – 2025. The drop off point is an additional project that has secured funding through the 2016 – 2017 Annual Plan.

Please take care of this facility

Success of the trial will be measured by uptake, cost, and the impacts on recycling rates and kerbside services. The drop-off point will be monitored to make sure that it remains tidy.

It is important to ensure that the recycling doesn’t get contaminated, so it can be used. Please make sure your containers are empty and rinsed out. Squash all plastic containers, and flatten cardboard. Glass should be separated into the various colours as indicated.

If you see people dumping rubbish, or leaving things next to the facility outside the opening hours, please report it to Council with as much detail as possible—including time, date, type of rubbish, and vehicle make and model. If you see taggers or people damaging the facility, you can anonymously call the Crime Stoppers Hotline on 0800 555 111.

New cardboard cage added

An additional cage for cardboard has now been delivered to the drop-off point to increase capacity for cardboard recycling. Waste Management will service the cage on the same days as the container, so opening days and times remain the same. We will continue to monitor the volumes and usage closely.


Kerbside collection

Council has a contract in place with Waste Management, who along with other service providers, offer kerbside recycling services to households and businesses. The ‘user pays’ system removes the need to pay for kerbside recycling services through rates.

Satisfaction levels for the existing kerbside services are high and the recycling drop-off point is intended to complement, and not replace the kerbside service. Introduction of the drop-off point will be supported by a media campaign to raise awareness and ensure ongoing commitment to kerbside service providers.

Council notes that the introduction of a recycling drop-off point may reduce kerbside participation rates at a time of increased competitiveness in the market, and that recycling rates are influenced by a range of factors, including convenience and cost.

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Last updated on 07 Nov 2017