Get Rid of the Lid

Resource Recovery Team


The Councils (STDC, SDC AND NPDC) are working on a regional campaign called ‘Get rid of the lid’.

The aim is to eliminate lids from being disposed of kerbside in our yellow recycling bins. Loose lids are a huge problem. These lids clog up Material Recovery Facility (MRF) machinery and the bottles with tops left on are treated as contaminated and disposed of to landfill. Unfortunately our staff don’t have the time to remove every lid so we need your help!


 We would like you to focus on removing household cleaning bottle triggers and pumps, fizzy drink bottle lids, and milk/cream bottle lids as well as Ice cream and yogurt container lids

  • Lids – remove from container/bottle and put in red landfill bin.
  • Container/bottle- rinse and put in your recycle bin

Some lids eg. milk bottle tops, can be recycled by an alternative recycler. Save them up and drop off on your next visit to The Junction, Colson Road New Plymouth or Egmont in Hawera.

Take a free tour of our MRF to see this dynamic sorting process in action through Sustainable Taranaki. Enquires and Bookings.