Wednesday, 3 February 2021
How do you make sure your old cardboard pizza box gets recycled? In New Zealand, it depends on the council of the area you live in.
Some councils write on their website that they accept "clean" cardboard pizza boxes for recycling. Some write that they prefer the boxes to be put in the organics bin. At the same time, some councils treat these boxes as landfill.
While data from WasteMINZ suggests that 63 out of the 67 councils in New Zealand accept clean cardboard pizza boxes in their recycling programs. However, if you enter some of their websites, you'll see that isn't quite accurate.
More precisely, areas like Auckland, Dunedin, Palmerston North, and Taupo say that they accept cardboard pizza boxes with no food leftovers in the recycling bins. As for Waimakariri and Christchurch, the two say that the boxes should be put in the organics bin. Napier says they accept cardboard pizza boxes in recycling but also in compost.
Grey, Hurunui, and Waikato districts don't even mention pizza boxes on their websites' recycling guidelines. While in Hamilton, the council's website tells residents to put the pizza boxes in either recycling or landfill.
How to deal with old pizza boxes in New Zealand, based on the area you live in