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Recycling FAQ’s

What materials can be recycled on campus?

You can recycle the following materials on campus: Paper, cardboard, copier/printer cartridges, cell phone batteries, small batteries, glass, aluminium, and plastic (Type 1&2). Paper recycling is available at most buildings. If you have small A, AA, AAA, C or D batteries, please place in an internal envelope, address as “Battery Recycling” and place in your mail bag. If your department currently has a stock pile (more than 1kg) of small batteries for recycling then email to have them uplifted.

What kinds of paper can I recycle?

If your paper is not screwed-up, waxy, or contaminated by food, odds are its recyclable. Simply leave it flat and deposit it in the green wheelie bin. Our paper is collected by  Fullcircle (Carter Holt Harvey) for recycling.  Below are the types and conditions of paper that can and cannot be recycled:

Recyclable Paper Paper for the Rubbish Bin
White or coloured copier, computer or fax paper Waxed or greaseproof paper (food bags/paper cups/plates)
Newspapers/magazines Paper contaminated by food
Letterhead Photocopy paper wrappers
Ripped up pieces of paper Plastic coated paper/labels
Staples & paperclips don't need to be removed Carbon paper
Self-copying (no carbon required) forms Window envelopes
  Screwed-up/shredded paper (shredded paper picked up by confidential service is recycled)

What kind of cardboard can I recycle?

Any kind of cardboard or paperboard that does not have a waxy coating is recyclable. For example, milk, ice-cream containers, and long-life Tetra-Pak containers ARE NOT RECYCLABLE via currently available services. Items like muesli boxes and standard cardboard boxes are recyclable. The most important thing to do with cardboard is flatten it. Cardboard takes up a tremendous amount of space, and bins quickly fill to overflowing if boxes are not flattened.

What kind of plastic can I recycle?

For now, only type 1 and 2 plastics are being recycled. This includes most milk and beverage containers. Make sure the container is empty, crushed and separate the lid (the lids are a different kind of plastic). To learn about the different kinds of plastics and what they are recycled into, see the Plastics New Zealand, Inc. website. If you're not sure if your plastic container can be recycled, simply look for the number on the bottom within the recycling loop:

Recycle Icons

          photos of plastic types

What kind of glass can I recycle?

Most disposable glass food and drink containers are recyclable. Just empty the containers and put the lids in the rubbish (they are not recyclable). SORTING YOUR GLASS BY COLOUR IS CRITICAL. Glass recycling companies have a very low tolerance for contamination and will send truckloads of glass to landfill for the smallest amount of cross-colour mixing or inclusion of non-recyclable glass. Examples of glass that CANNOT be recycled include labware, cookware, ceramics (coffee mugs), window panes, Pyrex, auto glass, light bulbs and fixtures and mirrors.

Where can I recycle paper on campus?

You can start in your own office.  All staff should have their own paper recycling box that they can collect their office paper in - if not, email to obtain one.  Once your box is full, empty it into your department's 240 litre paper recycling bin.  Most departments have their wheelie bin located near the department's MFD printer/copiers or similar central location.  Once the 240 litre bin is near full the department should email who will exchange the bin within 3-4 days. Download a map of the recycle bin stations on campus.

Where can I recycle other materials on campus?

Other materials that can be recycled on campus include aluminium cans, and printer/copier cartridges. Download a map of the recycle bin stations on campus.

When are the recycled paper hallway boxes and central bins emptied by the cleaners/porters?

The preference is that staff should empty the box into your department's 240 litre paper recycling bin.  The backstop position is that staff can leave their box outside their office and the cleaners will empty it.  Refer to Paper Recycling.  Once the 240 litre bin is near full the department should email who will exchange the bin within 3-4 days.

What happens to the different recyclable materials picked up on campus?

Paper: Most paper on campus is collected by Facilities Management Porters.  This is taken to a collection area at the Ruakura Satellite Campus to be collected by Fullcircle (Carter Holt Harvey)  Paper collected for recycling in New Zealand will either be processed into cardboard liner by Carter Holt Harvey in Auckland or shipped to Australia or Asia.  Paper records that are confidentially destroyed (shredded by Proshred) enter Paper Chain's recycling process as well..

Cardboard: The cardboard bins around campus are owned and serviced by Fullcircle (Carter Holt Harvey). Like paper, cardboard collected for recycling in New Zealand will either be processed into cardboard liner by Carter Holt Harvey in Auckland, or shipped to Australia or Asia.

Cell phone Batteries:  Batteries from University cell phones can be taken to the Campus Computers Store where they are picked up or sent to Gen-i.

Glass: Most glass collected for recycling in New Zealand goes to ACI Glass in Auckland where it is melted down into disposable glass food/drink containers. Some glass is shipped to ACI's plants in Australia.

Plastic (Type 1&2): Type 1 PET plastic is exported in bales to be reprocessed in Australia, China and Asia. Common uses include pillow and sleeping bag filling, clothing, soft drink bottles, and carpet. Most Type 2 HDPE plastic and commercial film is being reprocessed here in New Zealand. Type 2 plastic can end up as recycling bins, compost bins, buckets, detergent containers, posts, fencing, or pipes.

Printer/Copier Cartridges:  Place your used cartridges near your department's 240 litre paper recycling bin - not in.  When the University porters empty your department's paper recycling bin they will uplift the used cartridges and deliver them to Campus Computers.  Campus Computers manages the return of HP cartridges to HP and MFD cartridges to Konica Minolta

Do any of the materials I recycle end up in landfill?

Recyclable materials can end up at landfill at two different stages of the recycling process: Recycling operators may reject bins here on campus due to excessive contamination, or entire shipments of goods may be later rejected by recycling plants/shipping ports due to contamination. Rejected bins of contaminated recyclable goods will go into rubbish skips here on campus, as it is neither cost-effective nor safe to sort post-consumer recyclable materials.

Glass recycling operators are particularly intolerant of contamination, especially of mixing different glass colours or types. If you have ever noticed bubbles or other imperfections in your glass bottles, this is usually due to contamination by glass types that melt at different temperatures (like a coffee mug getting into a batch of beer bottles). It is not uncommon for glass to end up at landfill since people participating in recycling are either unaware or choose not to sort materials properly.

Loads of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, or aluminium will also be rejected if they are contaminated by food, drink, or lids. This includes items such as pizza boxes, newspaper used to wrap fish-n-chips, or partially-filled plastic bottles with lids attached.

Most recycling bins around campus have signage telling you what materials are appropriate. If you don't want your recyclables to end up in landfill, GET IT SORTED!

Why are we phasing out polystyrene on campus?

The University is making an effort to reduce polystyrene on campus, in alignment with our Strategy and Environmental Sustainability Policy.

The reduction and eventual phasing out of polystyrene on campus has been initiated for a variety of reasons:

  • Polystyrene has the highest landfill charge.
  • Polystyrene cups and plates are not recyclable.
  • Polystyrene does not decompose well in landfill.
  • Polystyrene is an environmental issue in regards to litter and marine debris.
  • Polystyrene does not biodegrade well.
  • There are concerns over the toxicity of styrene and benzene used to manufacture polystyrene.
  • Visitor concerns have been raised where polystyrene plates and cups are used.

Who should I call for a paper, cardboard, or printer/copier cartridge recycling pickup?

Facilities Management Division Portering Service: Email

Who should I contact about starting a new recycling service on campus?

Support Services Manager, Facilities Management Division: Ext 4095

Who should I contact for general questions about recycling?

Support Services Manager, Facilities Management Division: Ext 4095

Who should I contact about information on landfills and recycling processes?

Rachael Goddard, Environmental & Sustainability Manager - Ext 4771 or email


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