Recyclable Materials

If it can’t be re-used, the next best option is to recycle. Here is a summary of what materials can and can’t be recycled at the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park:

What can you recycle?

So what has happened?

The Waitaki Resource Recovery Park (WRRP) has been proudly supporting Oamaru in responsible waste management since 2003. Unfortunately, external factors have now forced us to make some changes to what materials our facility can and can’t accept until further notice.

Recycling the WRRP accepts:


Types 1 & 2

(Domestic General – excludes industrial or farm plastics)

Clear PET plastic bottles. We can only accept bottles such as soda, juice, and water bottles.

Harder, less flexible plastic. We accept all type 2 plastic including all milk and cream bottles, shampoo and detergent bottles.


Paper & Cardboard

All paper including magazine, newspaper, and flyers. Brown paper and cardboard should be separated and flattened where possible.



We accept clean glass bottles and jars only. Please do not include drinking glasses, crystal, light bulbs, ceramics, or window glass.

Please wash and remove lids.

Separate colours: brown, green, and clear.


Steel & Aluminium

WRRP recycles steel and aluminium items such as cans, lids, foil, and plates.

Please wash or rinse.


Other Material

We also accept cooking oils, used motor oil, batteries, cell phones and chargers, printer cartridges, fluorescent tubes, and low energy light bulbs. Please note that standard light bulbs are treated as rubbish.

Items the WRRP does not accept as recycling:


Types 3 to 7

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept certain plastics. This includes all trays and punnets as well as coloured PET bottles (even if marked with a number 1). These, along with plastics marked with number 3 through 7 will be treated as rubbish until further notice.

This includes clear food wraps and packaging, cling film, bread bags, yoghurt containers, meat trays, plastic cutlery, polystyrene, and milk cartons. Please ensure that you separate these items from your recyclable plastic items.

Chemical dispensers, packaging, plumbing pipes, and carpet backing.

Cling film such as Glad Wrap, squeezable bottles, bread and frozen food bags.

Yoghurt and margarine containers, straws, medicine bottles.

Meat trays, plastic cutlery, polystyrene, toys.

Sports bottles, baby bottles, lids, oven bags.


Window glass, light bulbs, drinking glasses/crystal, and ceramics can not be recycled and will be treated as rubbish.

Dirty recyclables

It is very important that recyclables are clean to be processed. Even pizza boxes with a little bit of oil or grease cannot be recycled.

Thank you for continuing to do your bit for our town and planet.