Wakatipu Recycling

Everything you need to know about recycling services and facilities in the Wakatipu.

Kerbside Recycling Collection Days

Please put your recycling wheelie bin out by 7am on your normal rubbish day.

Recycling - what you need to know

The below brochure has been produced for residents and visitors to print out and stick to their fridge. it is particularly useful for those with rental homes or anyone letting rooms to visitors (such as Airbnb).

NOTE: Wakatipu glass recycling

At present kerbside glass collected in the Wakatipu is not recycled and is sent to the landfill.

The issue with the kerbside glass collection in Wakatipu is that the glass colours are all mixed together and also mixed with other recyclables.  This glass is separated out at the Wakatipu Recycling Centre, but as it is contaminated by other recyclables and not colour sorted, it is of low value and unable to be sold.  As the glass is inert it assists as a face stabiliser at the landfill and prevents the need to import other materials for this purpose. Previously it was being crushed and used as a roading aggregate.

This is different to the glass collected kerbside in the Wanaka Ward which is colour sorted at the kerb allowing it to be sold in Auckland who turn it back into glass bottles.

A new kerbside collection service for glass will commence district wide in July 2019. This means the glass material will be clean and uncontaminated (not mixed with other materials) and will not be sent to landfill. What we end up doing with the glass material is yet to be decided.


The following materials can go into your recycling wheelie bin:

  • Plastics 1-7.  Washed, not squashed and lids off.
  • Steel tins and aluminium cans.  Washed.
  • Empty aerosol cans.
  • Clean aluminium foil.
  • Glass bottles and jars.  Washed with the lids off (the lids can also go in the recycling container).
  • Clean paper and cardboard.  For example office paper, magazines, newspaper, egg cartons, cereal boxes, envelopes. 


Recycling No-no's

  • Plastic bags or cling film.
  • Pesticides, oil or hazardous chemicals.
  • Pyrex, ceramics, window glass or broken glass.
  • Materials contaminated with food.
  • Plastic or metal binding.
  • Wax coated or foil lined cartons, for example milk or juice cartons.
  • Polystyrene.


If you have extra recyclables that don't fit in the wheelie bin - please drop them off at Wakatipu Recycling Centre


Wakatipu Recycling Centre

The Wakatipu Recycling Centre is operated by Smart Environmental. Visit their website for more information.

Glenda Drive, Frankton Industrial Estate.
Phone 03 451 0105
Open 8 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week

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The Wakatipu Recycling Centre also accepts:

  • used mineral oil*
  • used batteries
  • compact fluorescent light bulbs (there is a fee of $1.50 for each bulb)

* Only engine oil and machinery lubricating oil will be accepted.  No oil mixed with fuel or cooking oil will be accepted.  Please ask for assistance if you are dropping off oil.


Please note that the Wakatipu Recycling Centre does not accept any electronic waste.

Does the Wakatipu Recycling Centre have a re-use shop?

Yes! The Wakatipu Recycling Centre's ‘re-use’ shop accepts items that are in working order and good condition. Items for sale include second hand goods such as furniture, bedding, clothes, electrical items, books and sports equipment.

Wakatipu Recycling Centre Tour Visits

If you would like to book a tour or get further information please phone Smart Environmental on 03-451-0105.