Other ways to recycle

We're keen on the three Rs here in Porirua City - check out all the ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle..

Trash Palace

Head to Trash Palace to drop off your pre-loved goods and recycling.

Head to Trash Palace to drop off your pre-loved goods and recycling. You may even find some treasure at the Trash Palace shop.

Household goods

You can drop off household items such as clothing, linen, toys and working small appliances to the following places:

Please note, these stores may not always be accepting items – you can check in with them first.

Soft plastics

There are six locations in Porirua where your clean and dry soft plastics can be dropped off for recycling. The plastic is turned into fence posts and planter boxes. You can read more about the nationwide scheme here: www.recycling.kiwi

The Porirua drop-off points are:

Trash Palace – 20 Broken Hill Rd

Woolworths – Cnr Parumoana St & Lyttleton Ave

New World Porirua – Lyttelton Ave

New World Paremata – 93-97 Mana Esplanade

The Warehouse – Cnr Tutu Pl & Wi Neera Dr

New World Whitby – 69A Discovery Dr

Tetra Pak cartons

Tetra Pak cartons were previously sent to the landfill because they could not be recycled in New Zealand, but this has now changed. You can now drop off your clean Tetra Pak cartons at Spicer Landfill to be recycled.

Tetra Pak cartons are now being recycled for use for a sustainable building material called saveBOARD. It is made by compressing chipped waste material from used cartons - more info on saveBOARD can be found here.

There is a special cage for them at the recycling station at Spicer Landfill, opposite Trash Palace. Earthlink will collect, bale and ship the cartons to saveBOARD's processing plant in Hamilton.

Residential customers and approved small businesses are welcome to drop them off during opening hours. Businesses first need to contact the Council's front desk (04 237 5089) to apply to use the service.

No. Recycling material from your kerbside bins go to the sorting plant at Seaview, which has not been set up for collecting Tetra Pak cartons. So, save up your Tetra Pak and drop them in to the recycling station at Spicer seven days a week from 8.30am to 5pm.

  1. Cut along the top and side of the carton. Note - leave the lid on
  2. Completely open the carton up
  3. Rinse clean
  4. Drop off at Spicer Landfill

The lids are the glue that helps form the saveBOARD.


Electronic waste

Several businesses accept or collect old computers and electronics:

Contact them first to find out any charges that apply and whether they’ll accept your goods.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries can be dropped off for free into the E-waste container at the Spicer Landfill refuse transfer station. You will still need to pay for any other waste being dropped off.

Used oil and car batteries

Spicer Landfill accepts used vehicle oil, batteries and gas bottles (conditions apply).

Car batteries:

Vehicle bodies

Spicer Landfill accepts vehicle bodies for a fee. The cost is higher if the vehicle has rubbish in it.

Other local businesses that accept vehicles:

Scrap metal

Any metal from steel and iron objects, such as chairs, cars or motorcycle frames, should be taken to scrap metal dealers for cash.

Scrap metal can be taken to:

As long as the item is no bigger than a reusable bag, you can drop it off at the Sustainability Trust. This includes any of the following:

  • Metal drink bottles
  • Metal tools
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Metal pots, pans, saucepans and other metal cookware (even Teflon-coated items)
  • Metal cutlery and blunt knives
  • Keys
  • Copper piping
  • Blunt scissors
  • Wire clothes hangers
  • Razor blades

Printer cartridges

  • Warehouse Stationery (inside the Warehouse, cnr Tutu Pl and Wi Neera Dr): (04) 238 9415

Paint and paint cans

Leftover paint can be donated at selected Resene or Dulux stores, which may donate them to community groups. A small charge applies to non-Resene or non-Dulux branded products to help offset the costs of the programme.

Clean and empty metal paint cans up to 4 litres can either be used for other storage or placed in your yellow-lid Porirua City Council kerbside recycling bin.


Second Life Plastics in Levin has a collection service for various types of plastic. Phone (06) 364 5152.

Fluorescent lights and ECO lightbulbs

Interwaste in Porirua provides a recycling service for these products, including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). You can buy a pre-paid postage box and send it back for recycling. Phone (04) 237 6982.

Farm waste

The Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme provides sustainable systems for recovering and recycling “on-farm” waste products.