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Recycling collection days. Advice on recycling + recycling centre locations. Farm chemical recovery, clothing recycling options, charities. Events.


A substantial amount of the rubbish in our rubbish bags could be reused or recycled. Around 30% of the rubbish going into the Transfer Stations could also be recycled.

Each urban household in Waipukurau and Waipawa has been issued with a black or blue 60 litre recycling crate for plastics, paper and cans, and a red 40 litre crate for glass (bottles and jars). Please put your recycling on the kerbside for collection on the relevant collection day.


Waipukurau Residents

  • Mondays from 7.30am

Waipawa Residents

  • Fridays from 7:30am

Recycling Advice

  • All rigid plastics numbered 1-6 are accepted for recycling.
  • Do NOT include polystyrene, meat trays, cling wrap, plastic bags or plastic toys.
  • Rinse and squash your recycling to make more room.
  • If your recycling is not picked up, a pink or orange sticker will give the reason why e.g. The products were not clean and were therefore unhygienic OR there was broken glass in the crate OR the crate was overloaded and too heavy to pick up, etc.
  • Each household is entitled to one black crate and one red crate. Recycling crates are available from Council on request.

Location of FREE Recycling Centres for glass, plastic, cans and paper.

Open 24 hours 7 days a week.

  • 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 - Beach Rd (next to White Domain)
  • OngaOnga - Bridge St (western end of village)
  • Otane - campbell St (eastern end of village)


Refer to Hazardous Waste

Recycling oil, paint & e-waste

The following recycling facilities

are available at the Waipukurau Transfer Station:

Oil recycling

Used oil is collected at the Waipukurau Transfer Station free of charge, stored in a purpose built and bunded storage tank and collected by Exoil NZ a division of Petroleum Services. The collected oil is re-processed where required and then used as a fuel in high temperature industrical burning applications such as asphalt plants and timber production. These applications require stringent controls over the quality of used oil consumed and must meet emission standards as consented by local authorities taking what has traditionally been considered a waste product and giving it a second life as a consented industrial fuel. This reduces the demand on raw fuel fossil fuels and supports primary New Zealand industries. You can visit the NZ Petroleum Services website for more information on oil recycling.

Paint recycling

The used paint is collected at the Waipukurau Transfer Station and stored in purpose built storage bins. Where possible, usable paint will be put to one side for use by the community and the remainder will be transported to the Enviropaints manufacturing plant in Otaki where it is recycled back into paint for use on graffiti, paint for residential homes as well as farm and commercial buildings. You can visit the Enviropaints website for more information on paint recycling.


Second Hand Sunday

This usually takes place in CHB in February. It is similar to a garage sale but has no money involved. You can give away items you no longer want and/or collect items you can use from others and all for free. Offload your items by registering your property with Central Hawke's Bay District Council.

Free Composting Workshop

These take place periodically. It includes Bokashi, Worm farming and hot & cold composting hosted by the CHB Permaculture Group.

CHB Lions Bookarama

This usually takes place in April/May. You can donate your surplus books, magazines and puzzles at the advertised drop off points or phone one of the contact people to have your books collected



Any recycling queries please contact Council


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