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Recycling collection days. Advice on recycling + recycling centre locations & what can be recycled


Recycling Drop-Off Centres


Open 24 hours a day, for free recyclable disposal

  • Waipukurau:  177 Mt Herbert Rd (next to Transfer Station)
  • Waipawa:  43 Tikokino Rd (next to Transfer Station)
  • Takapau:  Charlotte St (next to Four Square)
  • Tikokino: Murchison St (beside Primary School)
  • Porangahau:  41 Dundas St (next to white Domain)
  • Ongaonga: Bridge St
  • Otane: Campbell St

Normal drop off recycling (cardboard, paper, plastics (1-7), cans and glass will be accepted if it is clean)

Please continue to practice safe hygiene practices and social distancing for your protection. If the NZ Covid-19 tracer app QR code is available onsite please use it


Kerbside Recycling Collection

  • Waipukurau:  Mondays
  • Waipawa:  Fridays

All recycling must be placed at your kerbside on your collection day by 7.30am and must be in a Council crate.

  • Red crate - for glass only
  • Black/Blue crate - for paper, cardboard, plastics (1-7) and cans. Recyclables must be clean and lids/tops removed (for rubbish)


Allocation of Two Recycling crates 

If your house receives kerbside recycling collection as part of your rates, your property has been allocated two crates – one red for glass recycling, and one black/blue for all other recycling (paper, cardboard, plastics (1-7) and cans). Recyclables must be clean and lids/tops removed (for rubbish).

If you haven’t already got these, one crate in each colour is available to you free of charge. It is really important to use these crates, as it allows our team to easily identify recycling crates for pick-up which speeds up the collection process. It also means we know that these crates can be lifted safely by our staff, as long as they aren’t overfilled!

The crates belong to your property and must remain with your property when you move. If you require a crate for your recycling, please call the Council on 06 857 8060, or pop in and see us at our Waipawa office on Ruataniwha Street, or at the Waipawa District Library.

 Larger volumes of recycling can be taken to the Recycling Drop-Off Centre at any time and disposed of for free.


Reasons for non-collection

To ensure your recycling is able to be processed, it is important that the correct recycling is put out in the correct crate.

As from 1 July 2020, recycling crates which contain the following items will not be collected

  • Items not in a council crate (black/blue or red crate)
  • Glass mixed with other recyclables
  • Contamination - items were now washed/clean
  • Non-recyclable glass included - mirror, broken glass, window pane, cutlery/crockery
  • The bin(s) was/were overfull and items on the ground
  • Cardboard not flattened/collapsed
  • Items mixed with non-recyclables/rubbish (wrapping plastic, polystryrene, tetra paks, children's toys, aerosol spray cans, take away coffee cups, supermarket bags)

Cardboard Boxes

  • Cardboard boxes that cannot fit in your Council crate must be all folded (flattened/collapsed) and should not be placed in a cardboard box for collection
  • Folded boxes can be secured under your Council crate for kerbside collection (must not be tied together)
  • Larger boxes and volumes can be taken to the Recycling Drop-off Centre at any time and disposed of for free

Kerbside Recycling for Businesses

Businesses have a separate Commercial arrangement with the Kerbside Collectors and this does not form part of Council’s Kerbside collection. Businesses will be collected as per usual and a separate arrangement is being worked out and will be communicated in due course.

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