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Recycling Hub

There are a number of items that you can recycle at our store which is located within Prima Roastery Café at 387 Brougham Street, in Ōtautahi Christchurch. While you're here we would love to show you our range of waste-free products which will help to avoid waste and the need for recycling. We love to chat so say hello and ask about alternatives next time you're here.

Recycling Station at Earthlove


You can drop off the following items for recycling: 

- Metal bottle caps and lids separated into steel (jar and beer bottle lids) and aluminium (drink and wine bottle lids)
- Batteries
- Razor related waste (more information below)
- Plastic caps and lids, separated into plastic numbers 2, 5 and 6. (milk bottles are generally number 2, you'll see the number in a triangle inside the lid)
- Plastic Bread tags - do the tear test as we are getting a lot of paper ones, the paper ones generally have a recycling symbol on them.
- Oral related waste - Colgate brand only (more information below)
- Bamboo toothbrushes, to be made into soap dishes

We also have a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box that can technically take a wide variety of difficult to recycle items. We purchased this box for $504 and to prevent it from filling up to quickly with items that can be recycled elsewhere (like clothing) we are limiting the things that can be recycled in it to 1 - blister packs from tablets (panadol for example) and 2 - pens / all writing instruments. Due to the cost of this box we are asking that anyone using it makes a gold coin donation.

We kindly ask that all recycling is clean and dry and that you to sort your recycling into the correct bins/jars. Some customers find it works well to set up a small recycling station at home so that they can sort as they use items and don't have to spend a long time resorting the whole lot again later. They then bring their pre-sorted recycling with them in jars or bread bags for a super quick and easy drop off.

Razor Recycling

TerraCycle and Gillette have partnered to create a recycling programme for any brand of used razors, their blades and their packaging and we are a Community Collection Hub for this programme.

The Community Collection Hub network is a network of locations around New Zealand where members of the community can take their 'non-recyclable' waste to be recycled with TerraCycle. Find out more at the TerraCycle Website.

Accepted waste: 
Any brand of used razors, their blades and their packaging, including:

  • All brands of blades and razors (refillable and disposable products, and replaceable-blade cartridge units)
  • Rigid plastic packaging
  • Flexible plastic packaging

Please note:
Cardboard and paper packaging is recyclable through regular Council recycling. Please do not include these for this programme.

Once collected, the razor blades and their packaging are broken down and separated by material. Plastics are cleaned and pelletised to be recycled into new products like picnic tables and park benches, and metal materials are sent for smelting and conversion to new alloys. 

For each unit of used razor blades and packaging that we send to TerraCycle, we will receive one TerraCycle Point, which we will redeem for a payment of NZ$0.01 to a non-profit organisation or school of our choosing.

TerraCycle and Gillette recycling programme accepted waste infographic.

Oral Care Recycling

Colgate®, has partnered with TerraCycle® to help provide a second life for toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, toothpaste caps, floss containers and their plastic outer packaging materials. We are a Community Collection Hub for this programme.

Accepted waste:
Colgate brand only. Toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, floss containers, interdental brushes, mouthwash bottles, electric toothbrush heads and all associated plastic packaging.

Please note:
Cardboard and paper packaging is recyclable through regular Council recycling. Please do not include these with your waste. Electronic toothbrushes and electronic toothbrush parts are not recyclable through this programme.

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover toothpaste or floss). And if you choose to rinse your product, please ensure that it is completely dry prior to dropping it off.

Once collected, the oral waste is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be re-molded to make new recycled plastic products.

For every shipment over 5kg, we will be awarded 2 TerraCycle Points per piece of oral care waste collected. These TerraCycle points will be redeemed for a payment of $0.01 per point to a non-profit organisation or school of our choosing. So don't delay, gather up your recycling and drop it off to us next time you're passing and lets raise some much needed money for these organisations!

Colgate and TerraCycle Oral Care Recycling Programme accepted waste infographic.