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Rubbish Collection

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This page contains information about rubbish collection in the Whangarei district.
Updated: 26/03/2020 12:41 p.m.
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Kerb side rubbish collection​​

Collection routes and days

Rubbish collection is considered an essential service and will run to the normal schedule during COVID-19 Alert Level 4. Please put bags out early and double-bag tissues or other potentially hazardous items.

For information about regular collection days and routes for urban and rural areas, select from the links below.

Urban Rubbish Collection Schedule [311kb]

Rural Rubbish Collection Schedule [748kb]

Rubbish collection bags

You can use an official Council rubbish bag or any other approved bag as long as it has an official rubbish sticker on it. Official bags and stickers are sold at most dairies, service stations and supermarkets.

Non official bags must be 65 litres or less (large kleensak or black trash sack for example). Oversized or garden bags, even if only partially filled, won't be collected.

If you have a wheelie bin, please put your rubbish in a bag inside it for collection.

Please remember to wrap any sharp objects before putting them in the rubbish bag.


Charges for transfer stations and official rubbish bags for kerbside collection are set annually.

The current charges are:

  • Official rubbish bag (65-litre) or sticker $2.80
  • Small rubbish bag (35-litre) $1.80

Collection times

Please have your rubbish and recycling items at the kerbside before 7.30am on the day of collection.

If your bags were at the kerbside by 7.30am but were not collected, please contact us as soon as possible so we can arrange for them to be collected.  

If you put your rubbish bag out late and miss the collection please remove it from the kerbside and either wait for the next week's collection or take it to your nearest transfer station (rubbish and recycling stations) or Re:Sort Centre.

Link to the Rubbish Disposal page for more information.

Contact us

If you wish to make a complaint or enquire about enforcement activities related to parking, please contact us on 0800 932 463 (24 hrs).

Follow the link below for our main contact details page.  


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