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Well done Nelson - a massive 92% of you recycle weekly, fortnightly or monthly!
Council contractors Nelmac collect the following materials for kerbside recycling:
Hard copies of the Nelson recyling calendar will be delivered to Nelson addresses from the week beginning 21 January 2013. Or you can download a copy here. (153KB PDF)
What can you recycle and what happens to?
|Symbol||Common uses||Recycled into|
|Soft drink and water bottles, salad
domes, biscuit trays, salad dressing and peanut butter containers
|Pillow and sleeping bag filling, clothing, soft drink bottles carpet|
|Crinkly shopping bags, freezer bags, milk bottles, ice cream containers, juice bottles, shampoo, chemical and detergent bottles||Recycling bins, compost bins, buckets,detergent containers, posts, fencing, pipes|
|Cosmetic containers, bottles, garden hose, shoe soles, cable sheathing, watch straps||Flooring, film and sheets, cables, speed bumps, packaging, binders, mud flaps and mats|
|Garbage bags, squeeze bottles||Rubbish bin liners, pallet sheets|
|Dip bottles and ice cream tubs, potato chip bags, straws, microwave dishes, kettles, lunch boxes, blue packing tape||Pegs, bins, pipes, pallet sheets, oil funnels, car battery cases, trays|
|CD cases, plastic cutlery, imitation ‘crystal glassware’, low cost brittle toys, video cases||Coat hangers, coasters, whiteware components, stationery trays and accessories|
|Water cooler bottles, packaging||Car parts, concrete aggregate, plastic timber|
Some items can't be recycled for a variety of reasons, either through the kerbside collection or the public drop-off bins.
For health and safety reasons, plastic items containing or contaminated with liquids (other than rinse water), blood, juice, food, etc, will not be accepted for recycling.
Wash, squash and at the kerbside outside your property by 8.00am on the same day as the blue Nelmac bags are collected.
To encourage recycling when the scheme first got underway, every household was given a recycling bin. It is the responsibility of the householder to care for their bin. Write your house number on the bin to avoid confusion with other bins. Replacement or additional bins may be purchased for $18.60 from Nelson City Council's customer service centre or Nelmac at 8 Vickerman Street.
Glass only will be collected one week, and the rest of your recycling will be collected the next week. Download the calendar and put it on your fridge or other prominent place. If glass is put out on the wrong week, a sticker will be placed on your Blue Bin to inform you of the mistake and the material will not be picked up.
Hard copies of the Nelson recyling calendar will be delivered to Nelson addresses from the week beginning 21 January 2013. Or you can download a copy here.
Only paper - this is to stop it blowing away,and getting wet. All other materials can be washed and squashed and placed in your bin. Please remember that the recyclables are sorted by real people, not machines. Contaminated items can cause health and safety problems and also have the potential to ruin an entire run of a particular item.
Plactic bags containing clean recyclable materials separated into the categories will also be collected if placed on the kerbside. Replacement or extra bins can be purchased for $18.60 each from NELMAC at 8 Vickerman Street. Follow our handy guide to preparing your recyclables for pickup.
Recycling at public events is easy and provides an opportunity to educate Nelson households on how to recycle. A great deal of help is available to event organisers, who can also find commercial benefits in being able to advertise that they recycle at their event. Find out more with our recycling guide for events.
For more information visit the Waste Education Services website and check out the Waste Service Providers.
Clothing, toys, and re-useable individual items may be accepted for resale at the Nelson Recycling Centre shop on Pascoe Street.
Items that are unsuitable for resale may be rejected.
Telephone +64 3 548 5601.
Non-commercial used engine oil can be dropped off at the Transfer Station at no charge, providing the oil has not been contaminated with other products. Please see the Transfer Station attendant.
Maximum container size 20 litres. Over-filled containers are not accepted.
Telephone +64 3 548 5760.
Energy-saving light bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescent lamps because they contain a small amount of mercury. Mercury is toxic to human health and harmful to the environment (the small amount of mercury in one bulb is not a hazard to users).Learn how to dispose of energy-saving light bulbs and batteries properly and safely.
A great range of second hand dealers are listed in the Yellow Pages. They include outlets for appliances, musical instruments, furniture, garden tools, house parts and building supplies. The Nelson Mail under $100 free ads, and the Buy Sell Swap paper are other ways to recycle.
In Nelson there are also several collection bins run by charities that accept clothing, sheets, towels, books and toys.
The Sunday Market runs from 8am - 1pm in Montgomery Square and includes the sale of secondhand clothing, music, books and appliances.
Garage sales are advertised in local papers and with roadside signs.
Waste Education Services is contracted by Council to advise schools and businesses on how to minimise waste. Visit their website for a comprehensive list of options for recycling waste or go here for information on Council waste education activities.
Nelson now has it's own e-Cycle depot. This is to cater for the growing number of electronic waste which needs to be recycled.