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No Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections on Auckland Anniversary Day

24 January 2020

There will be no Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections Monday 27 January because of the Auckland Anniversary public holiday, and collections for the rest of the week will be one day later than normal except for the Saturday collections, which remain the same.

All seven of our Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) are open from 10:30am to 6:30pm on 27 January. Check locations at

If you're visiting one of our RTS sites over this busy time, please be patient, especially at the Whitianga RTS, where a new traffic layout to improve site safety is being trialled. If there's a queue, please wait your turn and follow the directional signage.

There will also be no Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections on Waitangi Day, 6 February, and collections for the rest of that week will be one day later than normal except for Saturday’s, which remain the same. Our extra summer Kerbside collections around the district end on 8 February. We revert to our non-summer Kerbside schedule on Monday 10 February.

Check the schedule for your area on our website at

Please remember to put your blue Council rubbish bag, wheelie bin (for non-glass recycling) and crate for glass recycling on the kerbside by the road the morning of your scheduled collection day.

If you miss your rubbish collection or leave town before collection day, blue bags and recycling can be dropped off at one of our RTS free of charge. RTS locations and hours are at

Our Matarangi, Pauanui, Tairua and Whangamata RTS have 24/7 after-hours drop-off facilities and we also have portable rubbish compactors.

Check out our new-look portable rubbish compactors

Portable rubbish compactor at Opoutere 23 Dec 2019

(Photo: Our new-look rubbish compactor at Opoutere)

We also have portable rubbish compactors at three visitor hotspots. We’ve just finished putting new “skins” on the compactors to make it really clear what their function is and how to use them. Compactors take one bag of domestic rubbish in the chute at a time for $2 in any combination of New Zealand coins.

If your rubbish isn’t in a bag, please don’t use the compactors. Either take it home or drop it at one of our RTS sites.

The compactors are located at:

  • Kuaotunu Boat Ramp – also known as Quarry Point Boat Ramp. SH25 opposite 88 Kuaotunu-Wharekaho Rd.
  • Opoutere - beside the public toilets on the corner of Ohui and Opoutere roads, near the campground.
  • Old Coroglen Saleyard site – immediately south of the SH25 bridge over the Waiwawa River. 1909 SH25 Tairua-Whitianga Rd, near the junction with the Tapu-Coroglen Rd.

The skins have been paid for out of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Responsible Camping Fund, which is also paying for increased servicing of 59 toilets at our visitor hotspots over the summer as well as "Responsible Camping Ambassadors" who educate visitors on where to freedom camp and how to responsibly dispose of rubbish and recycling.

For more information on the compactors, visit our website:

Kerbside glass crates graphic

Here are some top tips for successful Kerbside rubbish and recycling:

  • Please put your rubbish in pre-paid, blue Council bags and recycling on the kerbside on the morning of your collection day.
  • Glass goes in the crate.
  • Paper, cardboard, hard plastic numbered 1-7, and tins go in the wheelie bin. Details of what can be recycled are heat-stamped on the bin's lid.
  • Please don’t leave blue Council rubbish bags on top of recycling wheelie bins. The drivers have to get out to take them off, slowing them down and risking incomplete collection runs.
  • Bags left hanging in trees or from poles will not be collected; nor will bags left in cages. Please leave your bags on the side of the kerb for Kerbside collection.
  • Glass recycling crates that are filled to overflowing won’t be collected. Please don’t fill them beyond the rim of the crate. If they’re overfilled, bottles drop out and smash. If you’ve got more than will fit in your crate, ask if you can use some room in your neighbours’ crates, or come into one of our service centres and get an extra crate for $16.
  • If your existing crate is from our district and it’s broken, bring it in to get a free replacement. Broken crates from other districts won’t be exchanged.

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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