Weekly rubbish and recycling collection

Weekly rubbish and recycling by the Council.

Rubbish stations and collection days

Click on the coloured area to see collection day. When you open the map in full screen, you can look up any address in the district.

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Map Legend

Re:Sort centre icon for the rubbish map.  Re:Sort Centre
WDC transfer station icon for the rubbish map.  WDC Transfer Station
Purple-Monday.jpg Monday
Yellow-Tueday.jpg Tuesday
Pink-Wednesday.jpg Wednesday
Orange-Thursday.jpg Thursday
Green-Friday.jpg Friday
Red-Commercial-am.jpg Commercial Mon - Wed - Fri  am
Blue-Commercial-pm.jpg Commercial Mon - Wed - Fri  pm

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.

The current charges are:

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

Red and blue recycle bins

Each household is entitled to two recycling bins:

Red and blue recycling bins provided for kerbside collection.

  • one red bin - for plastic and metal recycling (i.e. type one and type two plastics, tins or aluminium cans)
  • one blue bin - for glass recycling (i.e. glass bottles and jars - clean, unbroken, any colour)

Kerbside collection times

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 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.
 No collections occur on Christmas Day or Easter Friday. If your collection is on or after one of these days, it will happen one day later.

Tips for kerbside collection

  • Remember to wrap any sharp objects before putting them in the rubbish bag.
  • Please double-bag tissues or other potentially hazardous items.
  • Plastic bottles need to be rinsed, squashed flat (if possible), remove the lids before you put them in your rubbish.
  • 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.
  • Whiteware, hazardous waste, and e-waste goes to rubbish and recycling stations.

What can I recycle?

Glass

  • Yes: glass bottles and jars - with lids removed.
    • Larger lids (e.g. jam jars) should be unscrewed from glass jars and placed in your red recycle bin.
    • Typically steel lids are lined with a very thin layer of plastic. Because of the high-temps used to recycle metal, it's burned off.
  • No: window glass, light bulbs, crystal, ceramics/pottery, drinking glasses, or broken glass.

Put clean, unbroken glass jars and bottles in your blue bin.

Bottle caps

  • Bottle caps for beer or drinks that come in glass jars can be metal or aluminium. Test it by using a magnet, and separate them.
  • Store steel caps inside of a steel can and aluminium caps inside of an aluminium one.
  • Fill the can half way full with the caps, and then place the lid of the can on top of the caps. Then crimp the opening of the can ensuring the caps and lid can't escape. You can now recycle this in your kerbside bin.

Paper and cardboard

  • Yes:newspapers, magazines, junk mail, envelopes, flattened cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, cartons, old phone books.
  • No:plastic coated paper and card - for example, cardboard milk and juice containers.

Make sure card is folded so it is smaller than your recycle bin. All paper and card should be flattened and placed beside your recycle bin. You can tie it in a bundle, or put in a plastic bag.

Put paper to be collected in a separate small box or bag.

Plastic

Plastic marked 1.Plastic marked 2.

  • Yes: all plastics marked '1' or '2' (except containers of motor oil, please see below). Maximum size of 4 litres for all plastic containers - larger ones cannot be collected at kerb side as they take up too much space in the truck. Plastic bottles need to be rinsed, squashed flat (if possible), remove the lids and put it in your rubbish.
  • No: plastic bags.

Plastic bottles that contained motor oil, even if they are marked with a '1' or '2', as the oil contaminates the plastic and is difficult to clean off.

Metal

  • Yes: aluminium drink cans, clean foil plates, steel food cans, empty aerosol containers.

Please squash cans flat to reduce volume.

If waste is unsuitable for kerbside collection i.e. bulky waste, green waste, hazardous waste or e-waste it can be dropped off at rubbish and recycling stations. Read more information on this page:

Rubbish and recycling stations

My recycling was missed

If you find that we have left some of your recycling behind, it may be that the materials are not currently recycled or that you have put out too much or in non-complying containers.

Check if we have put a sticker on your bin to indicate that there is a problem.

Replacing your recycle bins

Your recycle bin belongs to your property.

If your bin has been damaged, stolen or you have moved into a property where no bin has been left, you can pick up a new one at either of our Customer Service Centres. 

Contact Us

If you are not able to visit in person, a friend or neighbour can pick one up for you.

Damaged bins

If your bin is damaged please bring it in when picking up the new one so we can recycle it. Replacement bins are free of charge.

Moving house

If you move house, please leave it behind for the next occupants.

How recycled waste is used?

All the recycled waste collected is reused.

  • Cardboard is sent to a mill in South Waikato for processing.
  • Paper goes to an Auckland mill to become newsprint etc.
  • Glass is recycled in an Auckland plant which converts the old glass into new bottles.
  • Tin cans and all plastics go to Auckland, where they are separated before being sent on for recycling.