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Together we're working toward a Waste Free CHB!

Let’s be Waste Free CHB!

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Have your say on the future of our waste here.

Most of the things we do, buy, and consume generate some form of waste. This not only costs money when we have to throw things away but, if we don’t manage the waste properly, it can also cause problems with the environment and with people’s health.

You have told us that together we need to reduce what is going into our landfill, increase re-use and recycling, raise awareness and education and ensure that our services are practical and affordable.

While Council has a leading role in many aspects of how we manage and minimise waste in the district, we need the support and skills of our communities to deliver on our joint plan and vision of a Waste Free CHB.

Last July, during the development of our current Waste Minimisation Plan, we asked you how you would like to see Central Hawke’s Bay’s waste be managed and minimised across the district.

And as a community, we have identified that we want to:

  • Be committed to minimising waste sent to landfill.
  • Consider, and where appropriate implement, new initiatives and innovative ways to assist in reducing, reusing and recycling wastes.
  • Minimise environmental harm and protect public health.
  • Work in partnership with others.

Behind the scenes, Council have been working to set targets and goals, to directly tackle these issues.

As a community, we’ve set targets to:

  • Increase diversion from landfill to 70% by 2040
  • Increase diversion from landfill to 48% by 2025
  • Increase participation in kerbside recycling services to 60% by 2025

Now, it's time to make it happen. Please take a look through our Waste Free CHB hub for information and tips, and let's be Waste Free CHB!



On 23 November 2020, the day of kerbside collection for residential rubbish and recycling was changed in Waipukurau.

Please view the map below to find out if your property is located in the ORANGE ZONE or the GREEN ZONE

IF YOU'RE ZONED ORANGE, put your rubbish AND recycling to the kerb by 7.30am on a MONDAY

IF YOU'RE ZONED GREEN, put your rubbish AND recycling to the kerb by 7.30am on a TUESDAY

Click here to view a printable version of this map

Racecourse Road Residents: 

  • Racecourse Road - all properties with even numbers are in the orange zone, your rubbish and recycling collection is on Monday 
  • Racecourse Road - all properties with odd numbers are in the green zone, your rubbish and recycling collection is on Tuesday

There are a few reasons for this change:
• We’re responding to an increase in volume of recycling in Waipukurau – thank you for doing your bit to help us become a Waste Free CHB!
• We’re making room for greater efficiencies of service, by collecting your rubbish and recycling on the same day, and on time.
• We’re looking after the health and safety of contractors as we accommodate the increase in kerbside recycling.

For clarification or if you have further questions, please contact Council.

Please note that all rubbish and recycling must be put to the kerb by 7.30am on your day of collection. Please ensure that you are only including recyclable materials in your crates for collection.


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Did you know only plastics 1,2 and 5 can be recycled in new Zealand?!


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Have you had a clear out over summer and have items you'd like to give away, or is there a household item you’re hoping to come by? Here is your opportunity to give away items you no longer have use for, or collect items from others around Central Hawke’s Bay, for free!

For more information and to register pick up a form from the Council Office in Waipawa , Waipawa Library or Waipukurau Pop-Up Service Centre or fill in the form below:

Fill out my online form.



Meet Waste Free Wendy!

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Meet Wendy, she's dedicated to helping all of us in Central Hawke's Bay become Waste Free!

You'll see Wendy pop up over the coming months, to provide tips and tricks on how we can divert our waste from landfill.

Kia ora Wendy!




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