A rise in commodity prices for paper and plastics has enabled Nelson City Council to save kerbside recycling services.
After a slump in prices last year, the council had planned to stop collecting household paper and plastic.
However, council spokesperson Alec Louverdis says prices have rebounded enough to again make the service economic.
Mr Louverdis says some of the plastic will now be recycled in New Zealand instead of being exported.
The council is also planning to recycle lower-grade plastics, he says.