Solid waste compactors project

Transportable rubbish compactors for tourism hot spots are being introduced on the Coromandel.

Please note: Breakdowns have occurred due to misuse and vandalism we ask people to be patient while we work to repair some compactors.

In 2016 our Council successfully obtained a $178,000 grant from the Government's new Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Fund to help pay towards building five rubbish compactors that could be placed in visitor hotspots that don't have refuse transfer stations.

compactor june 2017

These compactors are ideal because they can be moved around the district and placed at points where we have issues with rubbish disposal or high-use rubbish areas and take pressure off small communities that get overwhelmed by visitors using Council facilities.

The compactors are the first of their kind to be built in New Zealand and our Council is getting inquiries from other councils around the country with interest in using them as well.

"We know many other councils are facing this same issue, so if we demonstrate the value, there could be more of these units operating around the country in the future," says our Solid Waste Manager.

Rubbish compactor unit

The dimensions (6m h x 1.5m w), means it doesn't take up a considerable amount of space. The main frame, which contains the motor can stay on site, while the back section,  where the rubbish is stored, can be removed and emptied and replaced out with an empty unit. Rubbish compactor unit

"We’re now talking with schools and community groups about opportunities for local artistsand students to be involved in painting or designing imagery on the compactors.

The build of the compacting unit has also been a local focus with Thames firm Watson Engineering, winning the tender with its "most cost-effective," bid.

The compactors are solar powered and coin operated ($2 coin only). Any rubbish of approximately the size of a standard blue rubbish bag can be disposed of into the hopper.  Please do not use the compactors to dispose of any liquid or hazardous waste which must be taken to the nearest waste transfer station.

compactor exterior 2

The smell and noise nuisance will both be minimal.

The compactors are located at:

  • Kuaotunu boatramp
  • Opoutere, beside the Opoutere Community Hall.
  • Port Jackson intersection.
  • Port Charles intersection. 
  • Tairua, beside the Refuse Transfer Station.
  • Old Coroglen Saleyard site.

Before any compactor is placed on a site we discuss it with the local Resident and Ratepayer Groups, as well as informing the local community affected. We also welcome ideas from communities about any other possible sites where they can be trialled.