Plans to standardise recycling have been binned for now, with the cost of change too high for some councils.
Standardising recycling is the first step towards a new waste strategy announced by the Labour Government last year.
All councils were originally required to accept the same materials from next month.
Four councils, unable to meet the deadline, have until 2027 - so standard recycling across New Zealand will have to wait.
Maia Ingoe reports.