Rubbish and recycling collection

Weekly rubbish and recycling by the Council.

Please have your rubbish and recycling items at the kerbside before 7:30am on the day of collection.

If you don't live on a rubbish collection route, please take your rubbish bags and recycling to the nearest intersection with a collection route, or to your nearest rubbish and recycling station.

If your bags are not collected, please report your missed collection to us. 

You can also use our recycling and disposal guide to help with the reuse, recycling and safe disposal options for everyday products and household items.

Find your collection day

You can view your collection day on our colour-coded Rubbish and Recycling Collection Days map. The map also shows the locations of the rubbish stations. 

Rubbish and Recycling Collection Days GIS map

Collection information - Central Business District (CBD)

Rubbish

Leave rubbish out Monday, Wednesday and Friday after 4.30pm.

Note: Only use official council rubbish bags or official council stickers on black bags of 60 litres or less. Place bags together as close to the kerb as possible.

Cardboard

Leave flattened cardboard out on Wednesdays after 4.30pm as close to the kerb as possible.

If you have more than a 1m3 of cardboard, then please take that directly to Re:Sort yourself or arrange for cardboard collection service with a commercial provider.

There are no provisions for recycling collection in the inner city by Council - this must be arranged through a commercial provider.  However, there is no charge to take recycling to the Re:Sort Centre, 201 Kioreroa Road, Port Whangārei.

Collection information - suburban areas

Rubbish

Please have your rubbish and recycling items at the kerbside before 7:30am on the day of collection.

Note: Only use official council rubbish bags or official council stickers on black bags of 60 litres or less. Place bags together as close to the kerb as possible.

Collection days 

Day Area
Monday Bland Bay
Glenbervie (from Huanui Orchard to Kiripaka)
Te Kamo (west)
Matapōuri
Ōakura
Pātaua
Tutukākā
Whananaki
Whangārei Heads
Whau Valley
Tuesday Glenbervie
Te Kamo (east)
Langs
Ruakākā
Tikipunga
Waipū
Wednesday Hikurangi
Kensington
Otangarei
Pipīwai
Ruatangata
Springs Flat
Three Mile Bush
Vinegar Hill
Western Hills
Whareora
Thursday Manganese Point
Maungakaramea
Maungatapere
Onerahi
Parua Bay
Portland
Twin Bridges
Friday

Maunu
Morningside
Raumanga
The Avenues

Note: Some suburbs have collections across two days, for example Whau Valley. To check your collection day please enter your address in the Rubbish and Recycling Collections Days map below.

Rubbish and Recycling Collection Days GIS map

Bags, bins and recycling

  • Remember to wrap any sharp objects before putting them in your rubbish.
  • Please double-bag tissues or other potentially hazardous items.
  • Plastic bottles need to be rinsed, squashed flat (if possible) and lids removed before you put them in your red recycling bin.
  • If you have more items than can fit into a standard recycling bin or rubbish bag, please keep the excess until the next week's collection or take it to a rubbish and recycling station. 

A to Z recycling and disposal guide

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.

Approved container statement(PDF, 58KB)

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.

An image showing kerbside rubbish collection in the District.

Charges for rubbish collection bags

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

Rubbish disposal fees

Red and blue recycle bins

Each household is entitled to two recycling bins:  one red bin and one blue bin.

An image of a red and blue recycling bin provided for kerbside collection with plastics in the red bin and glass in the blue bin.


What goes in which bin?

Blue bin

Blue bin is for clean, unbroken glass bottles and jars of any colour with lids removed.

Red bin

Red bin is for plastics 1, 2, and 5, and metal food and drinks cans. 

Recyclable plastic numbers which are plastics 1, 2 and 5/

Paper and cardboard

Paper and cardboard should be kept separate from the other bins, flattened into a small pile, in a bag or flattened box.

Printable kerbside recycling guide(PDF, 416KB)


Where to get the bins?

You can get red and blue bins from the below locations:

Opening hours may vary.

Damaged or replacement bins

If your bin is damaged, stolen or you have moved into a property where no bin has been left, you can pick up a new one.

Please don’t bring in your old broken bin to prove the need for a new one. If you are not able to visit in person, a friend or neighbour can pick one up for you.

You will need to let the team know why you need a new bin. If you need an extra bin (on top of the two you already have) it will cost $16.

You can recycle your old bins by taking them to a transfer station. You can use them for any other purpose or break them into smaller pieces and put them in your rubbish for kerbside collection.


Moving house

Your recycle bins belong to your property. If you move house, please leave it behind for the next occupants.

What can I recycle?

You can use our A to Z recycling and disposal guide to see what can be recycled. 

What can't go in your kerbside recycling?

You can use our A to Z recycling and disposal guide to help with the reuse and safe disposal options for everyday products and household items that cannot be recycled, such as:

  • takeaway coffee cups and lids
  • broken glass
  • liquid paper board cartons
  • containers over four litres (4L). 

What can be recycled elsewhere?

You can use our A to Z recycling and disposal guide to help with the reuse, recycling and safe disposal options for everyday products and household items, such as:

  • e-waste
  • light bulbs
  • batteries
  • soft plastics etc.

Where does your recycling go?

Glass is recycled in a plant at Auckland. The glass is then mixed with other raw materials and fed into a furnace where it is melted down to make bottles and jars.

Cardboard is sent to a mill in South Waikato for processing. This mill uses recycled cardboard and new wood fibres to make new cardboard.

Paper goes to an Auckland mill to be processed. This mill uses 100% recovered paper to make corrugated cardboard.

Tin cans and all plastics go to Auckland, where they are separated before being sent on for recycling.

Recyclable plastics 1, 2 and 5 depending on the type, are either processed here in New Zealand or sent to Australia and Southeast Asia to be made into just about anything, for example buckets, polyester fibre and wheelie bins. 

Clear PET (Plastic Grade 1) bottles and containers are processed in Wellington. These are recycled into food grade packaging.

White and coloured HDPE (Plastic Grade 2) like milk, bathroom and laundry bottles go to Auckland for reprocessing. 

Natural HDPE (Opaque milk bottles, Plastic Grade 2) is currently sent overseas for recycling and is reprocessed into plastic pallets which will be used in manufacturing of new products.

Plastic Grade 5 (Polypropylene) goes to Palmerston North where it is granulated and made into new products.

Aluminium is used to make new aerosol and drink cans overseas.

Steel is made into food cans, wire and building materials in Asia. 

So why does New Zealand export some recyclable materials?

Since New Zealand has a relatively small population, we don’t generate a lot of recyclable material, so there’s not as much demand for recycling processing facilities in this country.

Even though exporting our recyclables overseas means that they need to be transported further, it’s often a better environmental option than using raw materials.