Recycling - Household Collections

This page provides information about Porirua City Council’s weekly kerbside recycling collection for residents in both urban and rural areas.

Collection time and days

The kerbside recycling collection is weekly on the same day as the household refuse collection.
Recycling must be outside your gate by 8am on the collection day.
View a Map of Collection Routes (1 page pdf).

Urban areas

Titahi Bay, Takapuwahia, Elsdon, Kenepuru, Part Ranui, (Southside of Mungavin Ave) and all Mungavin Ave
Part Ranui (North of Mungavin Ave, excluding Mungavin Ave), Cannons Creek and Waitangirua
All of Warspite Ave and Caduceus Place, Part Ascot Park (Southside of Warspite Ave)

Part Ascot Park (North of Warspite Ave, excluding Warspite Ave and Caduceus Place), Aotea, Papakowhai and Paremata

Whitby and Omapere Street

Mana, Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay and Camborne

Rural Areas

Belmont Road, Bradey Road, Flightys Road, Grays Road, Jones Deviation, Moonshine Road, Motukaraka Point, Mt Cecil Road, Mulhern Road, Murphys Road, Paekakariki Hill Road, State Highway 58.
Collections take place on all public holidays (including ANZAC Day) as scheduled, except for Christmas Day. Any other changes will be advertised.

Recyclable items can be collected in various containers

Recycling can be collected in the 60 litre recycling crates, or in other containers such as supermarket bags and cardboard cartons.
Please separate the paper and cardboard from the plastics, glass and cans. You can tie paper and cardboard in bundles or put in a supermarket bag.
There is no limit for households on the amount of material that can be left for collection. If you have large quantities, you can also visit the public recycling facilities opposite Trash Palace.

Only specific items can be recycled

  • Paper or Cardboard

Example of paper suitable for recycling.Can be recycled

All clean cardboard and paper such as newspaper, cardboard, milk cartons, egg cartons, windowed envelopes, glossy magazines and junk mail.
Please put loose paper into a supermarket bag to avoid it being blown about.
Break down and flatten large boxes and tie together for easy handling.
Can’t be recycled

Dirty (eg, food contaminated), waxed or foil lined paper or cardboard (such as fruit juice cartons).
  • Glass

Example of glass suitable for recycling.Can be recycled
Clear, brown and green bottles and jars – please clean .
Can’t be recycled

Broken, ceramic, frosted, window, mirror, drinking glasses, light bulbs and Pyrex glass.
  • Cans

Suitable cans which can be recycled.Can be recycled
Empty and clean aluminum, steel and paint cans. Labels do not have to be removed.
Can’t be recycled

Silver foil including food trays, aerosol cans, chippie and ice cream packets.
  • Plastics

Example of plastics suitable for recycling.Can be recycled

All household plastics except Glad Wrap, plastic bags and polystyrene can be recycled through kerbside recycling.
Contact the Council for a copy of the “How To Reduce Your Waste” and "Kerbside Recycling – What Can Be Collected?" leaflets with information on household recycling, or from the links below.

Items in recycling bin need to be clean

All items included in your bin need to be rinsed out to minimise smells and health issues.
Recycling is collected in all weather. It doesn’t matter if your recycling gets wet.
To stop items being blown about by the wind and creating litter, please:
  • put all loose paper into a tied shopping bag.
  • put light plastics and cans together into a tied shopping bag.
  • put heavy materials on top of light materials in the crate.
If the weather forecast is for very strong winds, you may want to hold back your recycling until the following week if you are in a very exposed area.

Unacceptable materials will not be collected

If non-recyclable materials are included in your recycling bin, they are left behind, and a sticker will be put on your crate indicating why the items were not collected.

Buying recycling crates

Owners of new houses on newly subdivided properties are allocated a crate at no charge. These are available from the Council's public counter in Hagley Street.
If you move into a house that does not have a crate or if you have lost your crate, you can buy a replacement crate from the Council's public counter in Hagley Street for a cost.

Front/back Door Collection Service for recycling

For recycling, a back or front door collection service is available for people with limited mobility as a result of disability or impairment. This allows for the collection of one the contents of one Porirua City Council official recycling crate.

To apply, please fill in the form Backdoor Frontdoor Recycling Collection Application Form and send into Porirua City Council, together with a written statement from a health professional or organisation (eg, district Nurse, doctor, Foundation for the Blind) confirming the disability/impairment of household member(s).

Recycling is collected by a contractor

Council’s contractor Transpacific AllBrite Ltd is a specialist recycling company. The recyclables are transported to their Gracefield facility and processed there.
More information about Transpacific AllBrite Ltd can be found on their website from the link below.

More information on reducing waste

Porirua City Council pages

Legislation and Policy

Waste forms and information fliers

Local Waste Minimisation Organisations

National Waste Minimisation Organisations

Council Contractor