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Recycling in 2023

Saturday 4 Februry is the day that our recycling programme kicks off for the new year. Every first Saturday of the month, we will be at the Ngaio Union Church in Crofton Road, collecting items for recycling that are not collected in the kerbside recycling.

What we accept for recycling each month

  • Plastic lids type 2. These lids must be marked with the type 2 recycling symbol. Anything without a symbol will need to be sent with your household rubbish. The plastics will need to be separated into the correct buckets, as the different plastics are processed differently.
  • Plastic lids type 5. These lids must be marked with the type 5 recycling symbol. As above the type 5 plastics will be separated into individual buckets.
  • Metal Lids –including for example Crown caps, metal screw tops, sparkling wine wires, metal jar lids, ring-pull caps.
  • Colgate only oral care products and packaging including brushes, floss containers, tubes. Make sure excess product is removed, and that all is dry. Electric toothbrush heads are not recyclable.
  • Tetrapaks – best squashed, even better, cut opened out and dried.
  • Household and hearing aid batteries.
  • Curtains – must be mould free so they can be re-purposed.
  • Wool balls of wool which Crafty Volunteers, can use in their knitting for charity.
  • Bread bag tags.
  • Rubber bands from delivered Dominion Posts

We will also soon publish a schedule of larger item collections for 2022. If you have space, hold onto your car batteries, small metal items (supermarket bag size), E waste, coffee capsules and food grade silicon)

How can you help?

please make sure that your collection is sorted into the correct containers. We recommend sorting at home, but there is always the opportunity for a chat if you choose to sort into our buckets.

And if any plastic lids are not marked with a recycling number – the need to go into your rubbish unfortunately.

We can no longer collect razors and shaving equipment, but are looking for alternate ways of recycling these. The Sustainability Trust is now promoting shaving equipment that is plastic free.

Please only bring in Colgate oral care recycling. The Sustainability Trust no longer collects these items, so we are sending our collection directly to the Colgate recycling programme.

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No January Recycling

7 January will be the first Saturday of the month, but please note that our recycling day is NOT held in January.

Recycling for 2023 will recommence on Saturday 4 February 2023.

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Christmas Live 2022

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Refuse a Rubbish Christmas

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Christmas Ceilidh

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Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association Annual General Meeting

7:30pm Wednesday 16 November 2022,
Ngaio Union Church (corner Kenya St /Crofton Rd)

The Council’s Ngaio Cycleway Team will be joining our AGM discuss the proposed Ngaio Connection cycleway which will run from Kaiwharawhara to Ngaio.

Consultation on the cycleway is now open, this is an opportunity to learn about the proposed trial, and how to make an informed submission. Go to the WCC website at for more information on the cycleway, including maps, and the submission form (on line or printed).

We will also announce the winners of our 2022 photography competition.

All residents of Ngaio and Crofton Downs are invited to the AGM.

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Ngaio Connection Cycleway

Consultation is now open for 3 weeks, closing on 21 November – this link to the Council’s website provides plenty of information on the proposal, and how to make a submission:

All businesses and residents on the route should by now have a flyer delivered to your letterbox.

There are also two drop in sessions remaining, which are opportunities to talk to the team that are managing this project about the plans, next steps, and how to let Council know your views.

  • 7.30am to 9.30am at the Immigrants Son Cafe, Ngaio Gorge Road, Kaiwharawhara,
  • Thursday 17 November, 12pm – 2pm at the Hub, Kelburn campus, Victoria University of Wellington, 
  • Plus, the cycleway team will presenting at our AGM on the evening of 16 November. Details of the AGM are in a separate post on this page.
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‘Greening your garden – welcoming nature at your place’

Join Ngaio Union Church and the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association as we welcome Tim Park and members of the Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush team for a practical, all-age, workshop:

Greening your garden –welcoming nature at your place’

Saturday 5th November, 10.30-11.30am
at Ngaio Union Church, cnr Kenya St and Crofton Rd

Bring along samples of native plants or weeds that you may have from your garden for identification, and photos of your garden for advice.

This is a Recycling Collection day, so we will be collecting your recycling at the same time (More information on the recycling programme is here – What do we collect for recycling? | Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association).

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Ngaio Crofton Downs Photo Competition

It is time again for our annual photo competition, which we tie in with the AGM.

We are very lucky to have photographer Colin McDiarmid ( as our judge again this year.

The categories for 2022 have been agreed – they will be: water, letterboxes, and relationships – a very wide interpretation of each category will be accepted, and Colin will put them into one of the categories when they are submitted.

Eligible entries will need to be still photos taken in Ngaio or Crofton Downs, with no restrictions on date or type of camera. They can be taken at any time – if you have a favourite sitting in an album, then that can be entered as long as it was taken locally.

There is also no age limits on the photographer – all budding photographers are welcome to enter.

To submit your entry, email it to (preferably as an attachment) and Colin will sort them into a category.  The deadline for entries will be Sunday 6 November, with the winners announced at our AGM on the evening of 16 November.

There are prizes of $50 for the winner of each section, and all entrants will receive a one year membership of NCDRA.

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