Recycling saves you money | recycling costs about one third of the equivalent volume in waste through the kerbside contractors operating in Upper Hutt. This means when you put all your recyclable products out for recycling, you’re saving yourself money on extra rubbish bags. If you have a big bin, you can get a smaller one and divert more to recycling which will still save you money!

Recycling conserves resources | when we recycle, the used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry. Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for future generations.

Recycling saves energy | using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc.

Recycling helps protect the environment | recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.

Recycling reduces landfill | when we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to Silverstream landfill reduces.

What Waste Management collects

Waste Management collect recycling from Upper Hutt households who have subscribed to their recycling service. Refer to the list below for more information on the types of materials that can be recycled or visit their website –

To prepare your recycling for collection, each week simply:

  • wash and squash your recyclables
  • check what products are being collected on the calendar on the morning of your collection day
  • have your recycling ready at the kerb (urban area) or edge of seal (rural area) by 7.30am.

Council does not provide a kerbside recycling collection service. To find out more about signing up for a recycling collection service, please visit our recycling page.

Paper / cardboard
green_tick Magazines, junk mail, photocopy paper, newspaper and cardboard.
blue_x Milk cartons, fruit juice cartons or waxed paper, these cannot be recycled.
 green_tick Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars.
blue_x Window glass, light bulbs, mirrors or broken glass cannot be recycled.
 green_tick All plastics numbered 1 to 7 (except expanded polystyrene) – check the Plastic Identification Number usually on the base of the container. This includes milk bottles, soft drink bottles, bread bags, shopping bags, detergent and shampoo bottles.
blue_x Polystyrene (expanded) cannot be recycled. Items like polystyrene meat trays, foam hot drink cups and polystyrene fillers should not be put out for recycling.
 green_tick Soft drink and beer cans.
blue_x Aluminium foil and other aluminium products cannot be recycled.
green_tick Food cans.

Plastic identification codes

Check with your recycling service provider to find out which plastics they can recycle.

The table below lists plastic identification codes and is is a general guide only.

Symbol Type of plastic Properties Common uses Recycled into
Polyethylene Terephthalate
Clear, tough solvent resistant, barrier to gas and moisture, softens at 80°C Soft drink and water bottles, salad domes, biscuit trays Pillow and sleeping bag filling, clothing, soft drink bottles carpet
High Density Polyethylene
Hard to semi-flexible, resistant to chemicals and moisture, waxy surface, opaque, softens at 75°C, easily coloured, processed and formed Crinkly shopping bags, freezer bags, milk bottles, ice cream containers, juice bottles, shampoo, chemical and detergent bottles, buckets, rigid agricultural pipe, milk crates Recycling bins, compost bins, buckets, detergent containers, posts, fencing, pipes
Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride PVC-UnPlasticised Polyvinyl Chloride PCV-P
Strong, tough, can be clear, can be solvent welded, softens at 80°C. Flexible, clear, elastic, can be solvent welded Cosmetic containers, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes and fittings, blister packs, wall cladding, roof sheeting, bottles, garden hose, shoe soles, cable sheathing, blood bags and tubing, watch straps Flooring, film and sheets, cables, speed bumps, packaging, binders, mud flaps and mat
Low density Polyethylene
Soft, flexible, waxy surface, translucent, softens at 70°C, scratches easily Plastic Food wrap, garbage bags, squeeze bottles, black irrigation tube, garbage bins Rubbish bin liners, pallet sheets
Hard but still flexible, waxy surface, softens at 140°C, translucent, withstands solvents, versatile Dip bottles and ice cream tubs, potato chip bags, straws, microwave dishes, kettles, garden furniture, lunch boxes, blue packing tape Pegs, bins, pipes, pallet sheets, oil funnels, car battery cases, trays

Clear, glassy, rigid, brittle, opaque, semi-tough, softens at 95°C. Affected by fats and solvents.

Foamed, lightweight, energy absorbing, heat insulating

CD cases, plastic cutlery, imitation ‘crystal glassware’, low cost brittle toys, video cases,foamed polystyrene hot drink cups, hamburger takeaway clamshells, foamed meat trays, protective packaging for fragile items Coat hangers, coasters, white ware components, stationery trays and accessories
Other 7 Other
e.g SAN, ABS, PC, Nylon
Includes all other resins and multi materials (e.g. laminates). Properties depend on plastic or combination of plastics


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Last updated on 11 Jan 2019