- They can't recycle most receipts. Practically all the receipts we get are on heat-sensitive paper. Turns out that they have a coating that makes them unsuitable for recycling. Since I learned that, I've followed their advice and started putting them in the compost.
- They can't recycle really small things. In the 'paper and cardboard' category, they note that they can only recycle jigsaw puzzle pieces if they're in an envelope. Similarly, under 'plastic' they say that any bottle caps that go into the recycling need to be attached to their respective bottles, presumably for the same reason. I don't find myself recycling jigsaw puzzle pieces very often, but I do frequently throw tiny paper offcuts from my card making into the recycling, and I throw unattached milk bottle lids into the recycling all the time. No more!
- Baking paper can go in the compost. I've tended to put this into either the recycling or the general rubbish somewhat at random. But, under 'paper and cardboard', I not only learned that I really shouldn't be putting it into the recycling (coatings again), but that it happily breaks down in the compost. Should I find un-decomposed baking paper in the compost when everything else has broken down in the coming months, I'll let you know!
So, if you have any questions about what you can recycle in Auckland (both through the council and through commercial companies) I highly recommend their well-designed and easy-to-use recycling page and recycler directory :-)