Throwing things into your recycling bins is the best way to get rid of plastic bottles, glass, tins, paper, and other recyclable waste. While New Zealand’s recycling system is far from perfect, and many things are still destined to be thrown away rather than broken down and repurposed, it’s better than chucking your recyclables straight into the rubbish bin.
However, some things can’t be put in your usual recycling bin—and can still be recycled rather than taken to the tip or left to clutter up your garage. Community Recycling Centres, funded and set up by the Auckland Council, exist around the city to offer the opportunity to recycle as many household items as possible. It takes a little effort to find and use your closest centre, but the planet will thank you.
Find a recycling centre
If you live near one of those spots but aren’t sure where exactly you can find your recycling centre, check out this page which lists each one and their addresses. The centres are a fantastic initiative by the Auckland Council, and they aren’t the only facilities of their kind around the country. Places like Raglan, for example, have their own recycling centres, where residents can drop off not only their household recycling but larger items. Generally, such centres have a shop attached, where items that can be salvaged are resold. One man’s trash, after all, is another man’s treasure.
What you can recycle
- household bric-a-brac
- green waste and general rubbish (this is available only at specific sites).
Make it a lifestyle
Saving the planet isn’t a one-time thing, it’s a constant slog. Facilities like our community recycling centres, both the Auckland Council locations and other centres around the country, make it a little easier to mindfully dispose of waste. Find out whether there is one near you, and take advantage of it as a tool in your waste reduction efforts. Purely Natural’s sustainable and eco products are another great tool, so take a look at our range of products and think about how you can use them to make your lifestyle a little more friendly to the earth.