From 1 February, the Government is standardising what materials can be collected from households for recycling and organics across New Zealand.
The only items able to be recycled from home will be plastic bottles, clear meat trays and containers number 1, 2 and 5, food and drink tins and cans, paper and cardboard, and glass bottles and jars.
Christchurch residents will be able to put empty pizza boxes into the yellow recycling bin.
Tea bags, shredded paper, serviettes, paper towels and aerosol cans will need to go into the red rubbish bin. All lids, soft plastics and drink cartons must continue to go in the red bin.
Collecting the same materials through kerbside collections will make it easier for everyone to put items in the correct bin, no matter where they are in New Zealand.
Residents can still drop off their recycling and hazardous waste items for free at the EcoDrop recycling centres, as well as dispose of large quantities of green waste or refuse at the transfer stations.
“As usual, it’s important to prepare your items for kerbside collection,” says Manager Resource Recovery Dr Alec McNeil.
“This means taking the lids off any bottles or containers and rinsing all items before placing them in your recycling bin, without bagging or squashing them.
“Christchurch residents are good at recycling, so it’s important to keep it this way and continue to put the right items in the right bins.”