Public Place Recycling Scheme

This page has information on the Public Place Recycling Scheme, an accredited product stewardship scheme.

About the scheme

Accredited: 22 October 2013 for 7 years

The scheme funds projects that promote the recycling of plastic, paper, aluminium and glass containers in public places (such as shopping malls, sports stadiums, parks, and tourism and hospitality venues).

It aims to reduce the amount of litter in our communities by installing 3400 recycling bins in public places across the country by 2020. This will help to recycle an estimated 140 million cartons, cans, glass and plastic bottles each year.

It is funded by brand owners and packaging manufacturers working with event organisers, councils and other organisations. The scheme works with the Love NZ brand which is stamped on recycling bins in public places.

Products covered

  Scheme scope

Scheme manager

End of life packaging (and where applicable food waste)


The scheme includes the funding of projects, research, infrastructure and educational programmes to increase the recovery and recycling of plastic, aluminium, paper and glass packaging from food and beverages consumed in public places.


Public places include street locations, transport hubs, tourism and hospitality venues, shopping malls, stadiums, canteens and other venues which are managed by commercial entities.


The scheme does not include kerbside recycling collections or other non-packaging products which might be associated with the Love NZ brand.

The Glass Packaging Forum

The scheme’s progress

The scheme provides annual data on the amount of packaging and organic waste collected for recycling.

In 2015:

  • 4276 tonnes of material for recycling were collected
  • 362 new recycling bins were installed
  • membership of the scheme increased by 25 per cent.

Find out more

Read more about the scheme on the Public Place Recycling website.