When we buy a product we also buy any waste associated with the product. We are all responsible for waste, it starts with us and ends with us

Paper, glass and aluminium are best. If plastic is the only option, choose types 1, 2 and 4 as they are the most common and cost effective to recycle and represent 84% of all plastics that are recycled in New Zealand.

Recycling has many benefits such as:

  • Conserving natural resources like timber, water, and minerals.
  • Preventing pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials and by reducing waste.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.

Recycling fun facts:

  • Manufacturing plastics from recycled materials saves 70% of the energy required to make virgin plastic product from fossil fuels.
  • Recycling one tonne of paper saves approximately 25,000 litres of water
  • Five 2-litre recycled PET bottles produce enough fiberfill to make a ski jacket.
  • Producing 20 new aluminium cans from recycled material uses the same amount of energy as making just one can from raw materials.

Everyday items that you recycle can be made into all sorts of useful products:

  • Milk bottles Sturdy underground warning tape for electrical lines and slip sheets for the base of pallets.
  • Aluminium Recycled into cans, industrial products such as window and door frames, bikes.
  • Plastic bottles Sorted into the various different grades and recycled into that type of plastic again but not re-used for food or drink containers.
  • Soft plastics Recycled into soft plastic products such as shrink wrap and plastic bags.
  • Glass Glass can be recycled into food grade bottles and jars.
  • Paper Mainly recycled into paper.
  • Cardboard Recycled into cardboard.


Test your recycling knowledge by taking our Procurement Monday Quiz.