Recycling collections

Better recycling is here – wheelie bins have replaced crates for kerbside recycling in Porirua.

Recycling wheelie bins

Check our online recycling calendar to find out when to put your bins out and print a copy of your zone calendar.

You'll need to type in your property address first.

We provide each household with two bins:

Recycling wheelie bin - yellow lid Recycling wheelie bin - blue lid  - small 

Your recycling will still be collected on the same day of the week, just not every week. Your mixed recycling bin will be collected every two weeks and glass bin every four weeks. 

Check the recycling calendar provided when your bins were delivered.  This has a black magnet on the back so you can put it on your fridge.

What day do I put my recycling bin out?

Your recycling will still be collected on the same day of the week, just not every week. 

Your mixed recycling bin will be collected every two weeks and glass bin every four weeks.   

Listed below are the days for your reference, but you need your Zone calendar as well.  

We have an online calendar where you can type in your address to confirm your zone and days.

Day Area
Monday Titahi Bay, Elsdon, Takapūwāhia, Kenepuru, Rānui (part) and rural areas
Tuesday Rānui (part), Cannons Creek, Waitangirua and Ascot Park (part)
Wednesday Ascot Park (part), Aotea, Papakōwhai and Paremata
Thursday Whitby
Friday Pukerua Bay, Camborne, Plimmerton and Mana

How do I get my bins?

Bins were delivered to all Porirua residences during June and early July.  If you didn't receive yours, please call our contact centre.  There are still a few residents awaiting their bins, so don't panic just yet.  Each bin has a unique serial number specific to your address. 

When your bins arrive, check your letterbox for an envelope (pictured below) with an info pack and calendar.  Keep this for future reference.

recycling envelope

When do I put my bin out? 

A calendar was delivered with your bins showing which weeks to put your bin out  (see picture above).

You can also be able to use our recycling calendar to check when your collection days are. 

The day of the week stays the same as it is now, just not every week.

Rubbish is still collected weekly on your usual day.

How do I put my bin out?

Wheel your bin/s out to the kerb or your usual collection point by 8am on your collection day. 

Leave space for pedestrians to get past, and your bins are clear of driveway entrances and vehicles so the truck can grab the bin easily.

Try to bring your bin back in to your property as soon as practicable after it has been emptied so it doesn't blow over or block the footpath.

Make sure the writing on the bin is facing the road, so the truck can grab it for emptying.

The mixed recycling bin has a bin clip. This will stop things falling out and blowing around if the bin falls over – but the clip opens automatically when the truck empties it.

You're welcome to paint your address on the bin - just make sure it doesn't cover the serial number.

Do I have to have a bin?

From July we can’t pick up recycling in the old crates or other containers – the trucks aren’t set up to do this. 

What happens to my old recycling crate?

The old recycling crate is yours to keep and reuse in another way.  You could use them as planter boxes, garden waste or for storage.

When do I put my rubbish bag out?

Rubbish is still collected weekly on your usual day.  Put your PCC official black rubbish bags out by 8am.  See our rubbish collections page for more information.  Other types of bags will not be accepted.

What shall I do with other recyclable material?

Have a look at our other recycling options page for ways you can recycle items that we don't collect in the kerbside service.

What can I recycle in the new bins?

Recycling wheelie bin - yellow lid

In the mixed recycling (yellow lid) bin, you can put the following items:

  • plastic containers
  • pottles
  • plastic bottles
  • aluminium and tin cans
  • empty aerosol cans
  • cardboard and paper, including windowed envelopes, magazines, junk mail, clean pizza boxes and egg cartons

Please rinse your items clean before you put them in the bin.  There's no need to bundle items together.

You cannot recycle the following types of items:

  • polystyrene, such as meat trays
  • foil packaging
  • plastic food wrap
  • tetra pak cartons
  • food scraps
  • electronics and batteries
  • wooden items
  • rubbish

At the moment we recommend you take plastic bags and other soft plastics to the soft plastic recycling bins found at local supermarkets.

See our other recycling options page for how you can recycle these items.

Recycling wheelie bin - blue lid

In the glass recycling (blue lid) bin, you can put the following items:

  • glass bottles
  • glass jars
  • it's okay to leave the lids on the bottles and jars

You cannot recycle:

  • drinking glasses
  • light bulbs
  • pyrex glass
  • broken glass such as mirrors or windows

See our other recycling options page for how you can recycle these items.

Where does our recycling go? 

At the moment paper, cardboard, glass and cans are recycled in New Zealand, and plastic is exported to Malaysia and Indonesia. 

Other ways you can recycle

Recycling is great, but don’t forget to also reduce and reuse when you can. Here are some ideas:


  • can you or someone else use your unwanted items?
  • donate clothing and textiles to Trash Palace, op shops or charity clothing bins
  • offer books or toys to local kindys or hospitals
  • search the internet for ideas on how to reuse items


  • use reusable shopping bags
  • don’t buy heavily packaged items
  • buy second hand
  • reduce food waste

Have a look on our waste minimisation page for more information.