Kerbside Refuse and Recycling Collections

Check the Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection schedule for your area by downloading the "2017 Kerbside Calendar" on the right of this page, or scroll down.

Our summer 2017-18 schedule begins the week following Christmas and runs until 10 February 2018. Download the schedule from the right side of this page.

Please have your rubbish in official blue Council bags and recycling out on the kerbside by 7:30am for collection.

If you're not sure when to put out your recycling, check which week of our fortnightly collection schedule your property is in by looking at the white sticker on the side of your wheelie bin. In the example below, Kerbside rubbish collections are every Tuesday and the fortnightly recycling collection is on Week 1:

Kerbside bin sticker

Then check the calendar below to see if we're in Week 1 or Week 2. The week beginning Monday 13 February 2017 is Week 1.

The entire Thames-Coromandel District will always be on the same week number. For example, if it's Week 2 in Whangamata, it's Week 2 in Whitianga Town and everywhere else in the District - so you don't even need to know which sub-area your property is in. 

If you need an extra crate or two for glass recycling, you can purchase them from our Service Centres for only $15.00.

From 31 July 2017 our contractors will only accept recyclable glass bottles and jars from the kerbside presented in Council crates. Other crates may not have handles and be too large to pick up when full - posing a safety hazard for the recycling truck crews. From 31 July 2017, glass in non-Council crates will not be collected.

Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection schedule by area for 2017:


Onemana and Opoutere



Mercury Bay South


Mercury Bay North

Coromandel Rural North

Coromandel Town and Te Kouma

Thames Coast

Thames and surrounds

Thames South Rural

Remember, your regular collection day (for blue bags and recycling) is printed on the sticker on the side of your wheelie bin.

Your recycling week (1 or 2) is printed next to the collection day on your sticker.

Blue Rubbish Bags

Blue bags are collected every week - so put out your blue bag on the day of the week indicated on your wheelie-bin sticker.

To keep gulls and dogs from getting into my blue bag you can buy a TCDC Gullinator from our Service Centres for $15.



Your wheelie-bin and green crate will be collected every fortnight (every 2 weeks) except for summer, when most places have extra collections.

  • Use your green crate for collecting glass, which is glass bottles and jars only - no glass dishes, lightbulbs, window glass, decorative glass objects etc. Only glass left in Council crates will be collected, but you can use a crate from any Council, not just TCDC.
  • Use your black wheelie-bin for collecting paper, hard plastics (numbers 1-7), tins and cardboard.
  • Your wheelie bin's lid shows which items go in your bin.

If you need an extra crate or two, you can purchase them from our Service Centres for only $15.00. Our contractors will accept glass bottles from the kerbside presented in a similar plastic receptacle - like they do now. Just make sure the 'crate' is easy to pick up and safe for our team.

If you need to tow your wheelie bin to the kerbside by car, you can purchase special wheelie bin tow bar attachments from our Service Centres.

The wheelie-bin is allocated to the property and must stay with the property for the new owners or tenants to use. Damaged or stolen wheelie-bins will be replaced at a cost to the customer. TCDC pays for the delivery, making the system a risk share scheme helping to keep the rating costs down.

What do I put in my wheelie-bin?

  • Hard plastics (numbers 1-7). Soft plastics such as grocery shopping bags aren't recycled here. Some shops in Auckland and Hamilton and elsewhere have Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling bins where you can leave plastic bags for recycling. Check for locations.
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Tin cans

Place your wheelie bin at least half-a-metre away from other objects

This gives the truck’s mechanical arm the room it needs to pick up the bin.

  • If you have trouble measuring, use the bin-width as a handy spacer.
  • Make sure lids are closed and the front of the bin faces the road (wheels are at the back)

Wheelie bin graphic

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