All the materials in lead acid batteries (e.g. car batteries) have a high environmental impact if disposed of improperly, and the lead in these batteries is a valuable recoverable resource.
We take all batteries but we only collect nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), lithium ion (Li-ion) and other batteries which contain hazardous metals. These hazardous batteries are often rechargeable batteries and found in mobile phones, cordless power tools, laptop computers, shavers, electric toothbrushes, motorised toys, and digital cameras. The average alkaline household battery cannot be recycled in NZ, and are disposed of in landfill.
Solution: Using rechargeable batteries and a battery charger, this will save you money as well as reduce the number of batteries sent to landfill.
All aluminium cans are collected for recycling. Aluminium does not degrade during the recycling process and can be recycled endlessly unlike many other materials. Aluminium is also the most cost-effective material to recycle. Recycling scrap aluminium requires only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminium, producing 95% less air pollution. Tiwai Smelter – which produces new aluminium in NZ, consumes 14% of New Zealand’s power Aluminium cans are baled and then sent to scrap metal dealers.
Please wash and squash steel (tin) cans. Aerosol cans can also be taken, but must be completely empty. Steel cans are 100% recyclable. They can be recycled over and over again into new products like bikes, cars, steel reinforcing rods, fencing wire and of course new steel cans. Steel cans, often called tin cans, have only a very thin layer of tin - 15 millionths of an inch thick to prevent corrosion – thinner than the skin of a soap bubble. Most steel is recycled in NZ. Steel cans are sent to scrap metal dealers.
We take flattened and clean cardboard for recycling. Cardboard includes boxes, cereal boxes, hard book covers and cardboard rolls. Cardboard is baled and exported overseas or processed locally to be made into new cardboard boxes and egg cartons.
Good quality clean carpet can be resold at Kaahu’s Nest. Outdoor or dirty carpet can be used in gardens or mulch. Ripped and very bad condition carpet is $45/m3.
Clear film is No.4 plastic: LDPE (Plastic Wrap/Shrink)
We take clear film for recycling. Clear film includes the following types of plastics – prepacked produce bags (like apple or carrots come in), cling film (glad wrap), shrink wrap, bubble wrap, zip-lock bags, bread bags, toilet roll and hand towel plastic wrapping. Clear film is recycled into new products like rubbish bin liners, floor tiles, compost bins and outdoor furniture. Clear film must be clean.
We take clean, unripped, unstained, unmarked, clothes with working zips.We do not take underwear or socks or dirty clothes. Clothes are resold in Kaahu’s Nest, our reuse shop, given to charities in Hamilton or sent to rag makers. We have an excess of clothes. We encourage people to think about their consumer habits. When purchasing new clothes, buy quality clothing that will last. Please contact us if you have ideas for reuse of excess clothing.
Concrete and rubble can be used for clean fill.
E-WasteSee E-Waste prices
Electronic products contain toxic chemicals that can leach into the land and contaminate water streams over time or are released into the atmosphere, impacting nearby communities and the environment. Up to 60 elements from the periodic table can be found in complex electronics including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury. In many European countries, regulations have been introduced to prevent e-waste being dumped in landfills due to its hazardous content. We work with E-Waste (Link) to offer electronic recycling. Current prices are listed on our price guide (Link) E-waste fees cover expenses including, machinery, labour, administration, freight and related logistics activities.
Aluminium foil (tin foil) can be dropped off at the recycling bay but it must be clean, with no food sticking or attached to it. Aluminium foil is sent to scrap metal dealers.
Garden (green) waste
Glass (and kitchenware)
Glass (bottles and jars)
Furniture in good condition can be dropped off to Kaahu’s Nest. Staff will let you know whether or not your furniture can be taken for free or whether its condition means it needs to be landfilled. Some of the furniture we will repair and then resell in the wood yard. Some upcycled furniture pieces may be for sale at the Whaingaroa Environment Centre.
Garden (green) waste
Green Waste can be dropped off or placed in a hired mini-skip
. Garden waste is piled into mounds, where it starts to break down. About every five months, the mobile mulching machine shreds everything and lays it in long piles, called windrows. Every few weeks the digger turns the windrow, to enable the composting process. With the help of microbes, worms and fungus, the windrows break down into a dark and rich compost - perfect for the garden. Compost
is sold from Kaahu's Nest by the bag or on-site by the trailer load and it can also be delivered. Green waste is Whaingaroa's largest volume of waste, around 40% of the total community volume.
The following noxious weeds and plants will not be accepted into green waste and must go to landfill.
- Kikuya Grass
- Bamboo roots
- Climbing Dock Weed
- Agapanthus seed heads
- Asparagus Fern
- Wandering Willy
- Wooly Night Shade
- Seeding Privet
- Bone Seed
Glass (and kitchenware)
Drinking glasses and all kitchenware can be dropped off to Kaahu's Nest (our reuse shop) for resale. Drinking glasses must not be chipped and all resale items must be in good condition.
Glass (bottles and jars)
Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity – something few other food and beverage packaging options can claim. Glass bottles and jars can be recycled according to colour. They are sent to O-I glass manufacturers in Auckland to be made into new bottles and jars.
All broken glass must be wrapped thoroughly and placed in the middle of your blue bag, please!
Glass panes can be dropped off at the Wood Yard. Glass panes are resold from the wood yard. Broken glass panes cannot be recycled and must be landfilled.
Hazardous waste from households can be dropped off for free. Please see an attendant before unloading. A waste is considered hazardous if it poses a risk to people or the environment if not properly managed, stored or disposed of. All household hazardous waste should have information on how to dispose of it, either on the container label or on the accompanying information. At Xtreme Zero Waste, we receive hazardous waste such as; farm chemicals, drenches, chlorine, fertilisers, organophosphates, insecticides, or home garden chemicals. We do not take hazardous waste from businesses. Businesses should make arrangements for collections directly with an appropriate collection company.
We DO NOT take asbestos. It is illegal for any transfer station to take asbestos and also it is very dangerous. The only way to confirm asbestos in a suspected product is to have it tested by an approved laboratory. Testing can be carried out by the Public Health Unit, Community Health PO box 505, Hamilton Tel: 07 838 2569.
All household goods in GOOD condition can be dropped off at Kaahu’s Nest for resale. These goods are then resold from Kaahu’s Nest. Goods that are not resaleable will be landfilled.
Metal heaters can be dropped off for free. Plastic heaters can be dropped off as e-waste for $6.
Vacuum cleaners are also categorised as e-waste and are $3 to drop off so they can be recycled appropriately
See e-waste charges and prices
for more info.
Landfill, rubbish, waste can be dropped off at the tip-face. Please see an attendant. Presorting your load before you arrive at the Raglan Recycling Centre into what can be recycled and what can’t will save you money. If you live in Raglan rubbish can be picked up from your kerbside in the prepaid blue and yellow bags. Just remember, waste doesn't go away, but these resources are lost to us!
Normal household bulbs can go into your rubbish bag, put please wrap carefully to protect our staff.
Energy saving (efficient) lamps, fluorescent tubes and CFL's can be dropped off to Kaahu’s Nest. These bulbs last around 10 times longer than the old bulbs and use a fifth of the energy but they contain a small amount of mercury, so responsible disposal is extremely important. We send these tubes and bulbs to InterWaste in Auckland who offer a zero-to-landfill 100% recycling service. For further information, please go to: www.interwaste.co.nz
All metal can be dropped off either at the metal yard, or if you have a load that you are unloading, then the metal can be pulled off your trailer at the tip face. Metal should also be placed at the top of your mini-skips.
Metal products are assessed to ascertain whether they can be reused and resold on-site, or if no use can be found, the metal is sent to a scrap dealer. They bale the metal in Hamilton and then send it to Auckland where it’s shredded. Magnets separate out copper and aluminium, and the metal is then put into a furnace to make reinforcing steel.
Plastic nappies must be landfilled. The solution is to use reusable nappies
which can be washed again and again, thereby saving money and energy. There are some compostable nappies
available, but they still have plastic parts that must be sieved out after composting. Xtreme does not take compostable nappies in its organic collections.
All types of CLEAN paper can be dropped off at the Recycling Bay. Books (remove plastic covers), glossy magazines, newspaper, leaflets, office paper, egg cartons and more are all suitable for recycling. Please ensure no plastic is put into the paper bin, all plastic coverings for example from mailed brochures must be removed. Paper is sent to Reclaim in Penrose, Auckland and usually sold to local paper mills.
Polysterene (inc. meat trays)
All plastic bottles and containers can be dropped off to the Recycling Bay. Plastics must be sorted there into PET clear (coke, fanta, etc and juice bottles), PET coloured (sprite, L&P and water bottles), Fonterra Milk Bottles, Standard Milk bottles and all other (numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). Check the number (contained within the recycling arrow, usually on the base or side of containers). Plastic is compressed into bales and sent to Reclaim and then on to national and international markets. Compacting a high volume of lightweight recyclables enables us to reduce the volume and therefore fit more bales into the truck. The more we fit into the truck, the less petrol we use in transportation. It also aids storage until they are picked up. Most plastics are currently sold overseas. Number ones (soft drink bottles) are often used in the garment industry to be made into polar fleece. Numbers two milk bottles are primarily made into plastics like recycling crates - it takes 32 milk bottles to make an average sized recycling crate!
We do not collect plastic bags for recycling, and these must be landfilled. The solution is to use reuseable bags and to refuse plastic shopping bags as a customer. We do accept clear film. So if your bag is clear soft plastic (stretchy) without printing. We can accept and recycle it.
Polysterene (inc. meat trays)
We do not collect polystyrene for recycling, and it must be landfilled. Polystyrene may be used as a protective packaging part or as a takeway container. The solution is to refuse polystyrene as a customer, unpack it and leave it in the store. Take the product home and leave unnecessary packaging behind. If you are in a takeaway store, let the owner know that you do not want your food packaged in polystyrene.
Silage Wrap can be dropped off for recycling if it is CLEAN. Dirty silage wrap will not be recycled and will be landfilled costing $45m3. Please remove bale net, twine or any other foreign objects from you clean silage wrap.
Tetrapaks including milk cartons and soy milk containers cannot be recycled and must be landfilled. Tetrapaks are made of a combination of materials which are difficult to turn into a new product, but research is taking place on recycling options within New Zealand. However, currently the solution is to not buy products contained within a tetrapak.
Tyres can be dropped off. Please see an attendant. Tyres are sent
to Carbon Recovery, where the are chipped and then sent to Korea as fuel for a concrete factories. Eventually this resource will be used to power some of this country’s most energy hungry industries but until then this fuel is shipped to facilities offshore. New Zealand lags far behind most other developed countries when it comes to recycling waste tyres. About 4 million tyres are disposed of every year in New Zealand.
Used oil can be dropped off for free opposite the metal yard, but please see an attendant. The oil is collected by R.O.S.E oil collection and recycling services. Potential uses for recycled oil include: Re-refining - removal of impurities and use as a lubricant (currently not done in NZ); Reprocessing - Filtering or gravity separation to remove impurities to produce partially clean oil; Burning - this is form of energy recovery as it is used as a substitute fuel.
Whiteware (fridges, stoves, washing machines) can be dropped off at the metal yard. Please see an attendant. Whiteware goes to scrap metal dealers and is sometimes resold in Raglan for spare parts or repair.
All wood brought to the recycling centre is examined to determine whether it can be reused. Wood deemed suitable for reuse is charged for at $10m3 to cover processing costs which are not recovered through resale. Untreated wood off cuts are kept and sold as firewood. Good reusable lengths of wood, doors and windows are denailed, sorted and resold at the wood yard. Wooden furniture is often repaired, refurbished or reupholstered. Good quality wood parts are upcycled into new products.