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Make sure these 10 items go in your recycling bin every time

Published: 11 January 2019

Most Aucklanders are good recyclers, but it's easy to get confused about how to 'recycle right'.

Just because a something has a recycling symbol on it, doesn’t always mean it can be recycled. 

Play the Recycle Right game to test your knowledge and see if you know what is supposed to go in your recycling bin.

Note: If you are playing on your computer's browser, click the buttons beneath the objects to choose whether they can or cannot go in your recycling bin.

Once you've played the game, check out the list below. To help you get it right every time, we've highlighted 10 items that should always make it into your Auckland Council kerbside recycling bin.

Plastic Biscuit Trays 

Throw the plastic trays from cakes, biscuits, and crackers in your recycling bin. The soft plastic on the outside cannot be recycled and needs to be put in your waste bin. 

Plastic Meat Trays

Don’t confuse these with polystyrene trays.

Plastic Takeaway Containers

Remember to rinse the container first.

Plastic Bottles

Keep your lids on.

Glass Bottles

Chuck them in the recycling or clean them out and use them again.


Remember to flatten your cardboard.

Aluminium Can         

Squash your aluminium cans to make more space in your bin.


Both the lid and the container can go in your recycling bin.

Tetra Pak

Soy milk containers, juice boxes, you name it.

Used Pizza Box

The box can go in your recycling – but keep the leftover pizza out.

Over to you

Overall, a great rule of thumb to follow is that you can recycle most containers from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Just remember to rinse and leave lids on bottles and containers before placing them in the recycling bin.

If you’re unsure about whether an item can be recycled or not, check out our recycling search tool.

Test your recycling knowledge and find out more about recycling in Auckland by heading to

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