Containers that are difficult to clean (contaminated) can be removed from the recycling stream and sent to landfill. Badly contaminated containers, particularly liquids, can also contaminate other containers. To save water, rinse containers in your washing-up water. They don’t need to go through a dishwasher. Have a look at what we call clean and dirty containers here.

It’s also good practice to squash plastic, tin and aluminium containers to save space. Whether you leave the lid on the container or not depends on where in NZ you live. We recommend having a look at your local council’s website or getting in touch with them. The following major cities recommend:

  • Auckland – Leave lid on
  • Hamilton – Take lid off
  • Wellington – Take lid off
  • Christchurch – Take lid off

Take our Rinse and Clean Thursday Quiz.