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Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station now open to domestic rubbish

26 March 2019

Our Council had to close the Whitianga Refuse Transfer Station (RTS) rubbish pit at short notice yesterday afternoon after part of the concrete floor subsided.

Damage to rubbish pit at Whitianga RTS

(Photo, above and bottom: Damage to the rubbish pit at Whitianga RTS)

A temporary arrangement using large open-top bins is in place at the RTS for rubbish disposal, until the damage to the refuse pit is addressed.

General household and commercial rubbish in quantities such as a car load or small trailer load can now be left at the Whitianga RTS. However, larger quantities of commercial rubbish must be taken to Tairua RTS or Tirohia landfill until the pit at Whitianga can be repaired.

The Whitianga RTS is open as usual to leave recycling, green waste and scrap metal.

Tairua RTS is now open to extended hours of 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. Its weekend hours remain 10am to 5:30pm.

We're exploring options for a short-term fix to have the pit operational to all users as soon as possible while a long-term repair to the damage is investigated.

In the meantime, we apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and support.

See locations and hours of all our Refuse Transfer Stations on our website at

Damage to rubbish pit at Whitianga RTS