A - Z Zero Waste Directory

Your local directory of zero waste options for donating, recycling and disposing of your items safely and correctly.


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Aluminium cans

Put aluminium cans into your recycling bin for kerbside collection. Please rinse thoroughly before recycling. 

Antifreeze (glycol)

Contact ERS NZ Ltd (0800 377 977) regarding disposal of antifreeze.

Batteries - AA/AAA and other small sizes

Standard alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of to landfill as these don’t contain any hazardous materials. Batteries containing nickel, cadmium or lithium (NiCad batteries, for example) can be dropped off at the New Plymouth or Hawera Transfer Stations. Domestic quantities are accepted free of charge.

Batteries - button (watches, calculators and hearing aids)

Contact your local jeweller or drop off at the New Plymouth or Hawera Transfer Stations.

Batteries - larger quantities

Contact a commercial service provider such as Waste Management (ph 06 757 8381 or get in touch online)

Alternatively you can contact a specialist battery recycler like Aircycle or Upcycle to find out if they will collect from your facility (charges may apply).

Batteries - other (cellphones, power tools or cameras, for example)

Contact the supplier of the appliance or your local electrician. Ask at your local Spark, Vodafone or 2Degrees dealer as they have a 'take back' policy for cellphones and cellphone batteries.

Batteries - vehicle (boats, cars, motorbikes, trucks)

Contact a local battery recycler like Century (Click here to find your nearest store – the map view will show you which stores also have a Battery Recycling Centre) who will take your old lead acid battery FREE of charge. Alternatively, take to a scrap metal dealer, Repco (137 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth or 57 High Street, Hawera), or ask at your local garage.

Cans (aluminium or steel)

Put into your recycling bin for kerbside collection. Please rinse thoroughly before recycling.

Car bodies

Enquire at your local car wreckers or scrap-metal dealers regarding collection.


3R provides a collection and disposal service for industrial, agricultural or household chemicals. It's called ChemCollect.

Clothing (clothes, shoes, boots, handbags etc.)

Donate good-quality used clothing to Red Cross or church groups, charity collections or clothing bins, or take to second-hand clothing shops near you.

Computers, monitors, printers and fax machines

If your unwanted computer equipment, printer or fax machine still has life left in it and you are happy to give it away, you could offer it to a charity shop (Hospice shop, for example). Or you could list it on Freecycle or offer it to a local school, Be sure to delete all personal data from your computer before disposing of it. If in doubt about how to do this, contact a computer service shop. See also our information on recycling electronic waste.

Concrete and bricks

Clean used concrete and bricks can be dropped off for recycling at Jones Quarry, Mahoetahi Rd, between New Plymouth and Waitara. Call 06 754 8500 or 027 276 2498 or see www.jonesquarry.co.nz.

Concrete can be dropped off for recycling to Taranaki Concrete Recyclers, Rifle Range Rd, New Plymouth. Call 027 896 4288 for details.

Cookware - metal pots, pans, tins and utensils

Donate good quality items to your local charity shop. Here is a suggestion on what else you can do with your cooking equipment that cannot be donated

  • Pots and pans could be remade into planters - simply drill drainage holes into the bottom of the pot and add dirt and plants.

Some cooking equipment can be recycled. Copper pots and pans can be recycled through your local scrap metal dealer or transfer station. Fees may apply.

Items which cannot be repurposed or donated need to be put in your red general waste bag or bin depending on your district.

Electronic waste (e-Waste)

There are drop-off points for e-Waste recycling in New Plymouth, South Taranaki and Stratford. Charges apply, but most are subsidised by the New Plymouth District Council, South Taranaki District Council and Stratford District Council in their respective areas.

New Plymouth: Transfer Station, Colson Rd (EnviroWaste Ltd, ph 06 758 7601). Hours: 8am-4.30pm daily. More information and price list

South Taranaki: Hawera Transfer Station, Scott Street (Envirowaste Ltd, ph 06 278 8404 (Office)). Hours: 8.30am-5pm Monday – Friday; 9.30am-5pm Friday; 12:30pm-5pm Saturday-Sunday. More information and price list

Stratford: Transfer Station, Cordelia St. Hours: 2pm-5pm Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 10am-1pm Wednesday; 1pm-5pm Saturday-Sunday. Prices: $10 per unit (stereo, computer), $20 per unit (TV)

  • E-waste from Taranaki is shipped to E-cycle in Auckland where products are dismantled and separated into component or material categories. These materials are then sent to local and international specialist recyclers for conversion back into raw materials or for re-use in new products. For more information visit E-cycle

Food waste

Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website to find tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money.

Turn your unavoidable veggie scraps into compost which can be spread on your garden to make it healthy and lush. For tips on how to create your own compost bin or worm farm visit Composting and Worm Farming.

Mitre 10 also has some great information on how to make your own compost.

Gas bottles

LPG bottles (including out-of-date bottles with surface rust)can be swapped at Swap'n'Go or OnGas facilities when purchasing a new full bottle. See ongas.co.nz/bottle-swap/for-customers or www.elgas.co.nz/swapngo for more details.

Rockgas Taranaki will accept cylinders, depending on available space.  Phone 06 757 9264 to confirm details, or call in to see them at 18/20 Constance St, Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth.

Some metal recyclers may also accept bottles, but phone first to check

Glass (whole bottles and jars - without lids)

Put into your recycling bin for kerbside collection. Please rinse thoroughly before recycling.

Green waste (grass clippings, hedge trimmings, leaves)

Try composting at home. Turn your garden waste and lawn clippings into compost and make your garden healthy and lush. It's easy and convenient, and doesn’t need to take up much space. For more information on how to compost at home Composting and Worm Farming.

Mitre 10 also has some great information on how to make your own compost.

Or check out your local transfer station for green waste disposal options (charges may apply) or check out the Yellow Pages for green waste collectors in your area. South Taranaki District Council has a kerbside green waste collection service. Click here for more details.

Hazardous domestic waste (lead-based paint, garden chemicals)

Dispose of hazardous waste at transfer stations at Colson Rd (New Plymouth), Scott Street (Hawera) or Cordelia Street (Stratford). Domestic quantities only.

Hazardous waste - commercial

Contact Waste Management Ltd (Ph 04 568 0780 or get in touch online) or Envirowaste (Ph 0800 246 978 or click on ChemWaste) who both offer disposal options for commercial quantities of hazardous wastes.

Hot Ash

To properly dispose of ashes or coals we recommend the following:

  • If possible, allow ashes and coals to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. The fireplace or grill is designed to contain their heat safely.
  • When it's time to dispose of the ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down.
  • Keep the container outside your home and away from any combustibles until you general waste collection day.
  • DO NOT use galvanized containers as hot coals on the galvanized metal will release noxious fumes.
  • DO NOT place other combustibles in the container.
  • DO NOT use a combustible container such as your yellow recycling bin

Lightbulbs (energysaver)

Energysaver lightbulbs can be recycled at Bunnings stores in Hawera (click here for map) or dropped off at your local transfer station.

Medical waste (Needles, syringes and unused medication)

Always place your loose needles and sharps into approved sharps containers.

Many pharmacies offer a take-back service for needles and syringes and some sell sharps bins. Ask at your local pharmacy to see what services they can provide you with for disposing of your sharps safely and correctly.

  • DO NOT flush them down the toilet.
  • DO NOT place them in your red general waste bag or bin, public bins or your yellow recycling bin

Unused prescribed medication can also be returned at no charge to your pharmacy for safe disposal. Please contact your local pharmacy for further details.

Metals - ferrous (machinery, whiteware, steel drums, steel cans, galvanised steel)

Take to a scrap metal dealer. Some transfer stations have separate areas for recycling scrap metal

Metals - non ferrous (copper, brass, bronze, lead, stainless steel, aluminium)

Take to a scrap metal dealer. Some transfer stations have separate areas for recycling scrap metal.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones can be sent to "Recycling for Charity" address at:
· Recycling for Charity, 1 King Charles Drive, Upper Hutt OR
· Main Reception, Atrium, Wellington Regional Hospital

By donating your old mobile phones for recycling, not only are you saving the environment but supporting a great children’s charity, Wellington Children's Hospital.

You can also post your phone directly to the recycler. See www.bit.ly/REMOBILE

Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees accept old equipment and have drop-off bins in their shops for phones, chargers and batteries.



Oil (cooking)

Cookright (Vatman) - free collection service. Ph 0800 Vatman or 0800 828 626. 20-litre drums provided. Tallowman - free collection service. Ph 0800 432 862. 44-gallon drum provided.

Oil (Motor oil for vehicle engines)

Take to transfer stations at Colson Rd (New Plymouth) or Scott St (Hawera), ask at your local garage or, if you have large volumes, contact Transpacific Industrial Solutions (Ph 06-755 9150 New Plymouth) (charges may apply).

Oil filters

Two companies offer a recycling service for oil filters to motor vehicle workshops and other major oil filter users in Taranaki: ERS NZ Ltd (0800 377 977) and Ecocrush (Stuart Edwards, 027 434 5837). They collect the filters, extract the oil for reuse, and recycle the metal. There is a charge. Contact them for more information.


PaintWise (managed by the Resene Foundation) is available through the New Plymouth Resene Colorshop. PaintWise accepts any brand of decorative paint, but not automotive and marine paints, and not paint thinners, solvents or aerosols. A small charge applies to non-Resene branded product and trade returns to help offset the costs of the PaintWise programme.  Rusty and empty tins are also accepted.

The collected paint has a mix of end uses including community donation (paint as is), community donation for anti-graffiti work (blended waterborne grey paint) and other uses such as manufacture into PaintCrete. Containers collected through PaintWise will also be recycled.

The New Plymouth Resene Colorshop is at 132 Molesworth Street (view map). See www.resene.co.nz/paintwise for more information.

Note: If paint is already partially dried out, it is unsuitable for recycling. Simply leave the top off the container until the paint is dried out completely, then put  the tin out in the rubbish, or take it to PaintWise.


Newspaper, magazines, printer paper, office paper and flattened cardboard boxes can be put into your recycling bin. Paper can also be composted. Confidential items can be shredded, then composted. Note: Waxed paper, such as milk cartons, and carbon paper cannot be recycled or composted.

Pharmaceuticals (medicines, drugs and other pharmacy waste)

Ask your local pharmacy about disposal of old medicines.


If you have an unwanted photocopier, contact the manufacturer (for example. Fuji Xerox, Konica Minolta, Ricoh or Canon), as they may be willing to collect it for refurbishing or recycling. There might be a cost, depending on location, age of machine and other factors. See also the information on e-Waste

Plastic (milk, water and soft drink bottles, plastic containers with recycling numbers 1-7)

Remove lids and put into your recycling bin for kerbside collection. Please rinse thoroughly before recycling.

Plastics (soft scrunchy ones) - plastic bags, cling wrap and packaging

Reduce plastic bag use by taking your own reusable bag to the supermarket and try to choose produce that is not packaged in plastic by opting for loose fruit and veg, asking for your fish and meat to be wrapped in paper and buying your nuts and seeds from shops like Bin Inn where you can take your own container to fill up.

Plastic bags can NOT be put into your yellow kerbside recycling bin. If you cannot reduce or reuse then please dispose of your soft plastic in your red general waste bin or bag! If in doubt put it in the red bin.

Plastic bags can be dropped off to Egmont Refuse and Recycling Ltd, 19 Scott St, Hawera, ph 06 278 6170.

The Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme is currently suspended as the team work on building capacity with existing processing partners and find new and innovative processing solutions. For more information about this scheme please visit Soft Plastics Recycling


Polystyrene is recycled at Egmont Refuse and Recycling Ltd, 19 Scott St, Hawera, ph 06 278 6170. This service is free for small domestic quantities but there is a charge of  $2 a kilogram for larger quantities.


Check with your supplier, as some offer a take-back system; otherwise contact Transpacific Industrial Solutions (Ph 06-755 9150 New Plymouth).

Steel cans

Put into your recycling bin for kerbside collection. Please rinse thoroughly before recycling. 


Ask at your local transfer station or contact a local building recycler.

Toner cartridges

To recycle copier and printer toner cartridges, contact Cartridge World New Plymouth on 06 757 4380 or the Toner Recycling Company (TRC) on 0800 180 160.


Old and non-operating whiteware can be recycled. Contact your local scrap metal dealer or local transfer station (charges may apply). Fridges and air conditioners should be degassed before recycling.