Wanting to do more? Check out a range of alternative recycling schemes that the Council is currently aware of.

Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling

The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling programme has been suspended from 31 December 2018 until April 2019 in order to build up recycling capacity. In order to fulfil its recycling needs, the Packaging Forum, which facilitate the soft plastic recycling programme and local businesses are building facilities in New Zealand during the suspension period. In the meantime, all soft plastics should go in your rubbish bin. For more details, please see the official statement by the Package Forum.(external link)

Did you know that soft plastics such as supermarket bags and biscuit wrappers can’t go in your yellow bin? Unfortunately compostable bags, cling film and heavy foiled bags can’t be recycled in these bins so these will need to be put into your red bin.

Why can’t you put them in the yellow bin?

Soft plastic packaging is not collected for recycling by councils because it can contaminate the recycling process.

New Zealanders use over 1.6 billion plastic bags in the home every year. The project is supported by major brands(external link) and if one of your favourite brands isn’t on board, let them know. We can only provide this recycling service because brands help pay for the collection, processing and recycling costs.

There actually isn’t any value in soft plastics – it's not like other recyclables like glass and aluminium - so we have to pay to have it recycled. That’s why we need to have manufacturers and big brands contributing to the costs of recycling this soft plastic.

Disclaimer: To help the public finding alternatives to recycle items that are not accepted in the wheelie bins collection, Christchurch City Council wishes to inform the public of the following schemes. This information is provided on an indicative basis only, and the Council does not warrant the accuracy, correctness or completeness the information provided.

The RE:MOBILE programme

Run by the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum, RE:MOBILE offers an environmentally friendly way to recycle mobile phones. 

There are two ways to make sure your phone gets to RE:MOBILE for safe recycling:

Drop it off

There are a number of locations across the country where you can drop off unwanted mobile phones. Visit remobile.co.nz(external link) to find the one nearest you.

Post it

Put your unwanted phone inside any envelope and send it to this FreePost address:

Private Bag 208004

RE:MOBILE fits with Christchurch City Council's objective of making sure that as much recyclable material as possible is diverted away from the landfill.

The programme also helps to look after our waterways through a partnership with Sustainable Coastlines(external link). The award-winning New Zealand charity has partnered with RE:MOBILE to collect and recycle mobile phones.

The proceeds from this partnership help to plant trees alongside our waterways to restore our native animals, natural habitats, reduce sediment and improve water quality.