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Rural Recycling Trailers

Two rural recycling trailers will be rolling out across the district in October 2021 during a month long transition period toward CHB's new Rubbish and Recycling Service

CHB Rural Recycling Trailers


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Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is rolling out two brand new recycling trailers on Monday, October 4, to meet increasing demand for recycling services in wider rural areas.

This change came about as a result of the Long Term Plan 2021-2031 consultation process, which saw Council respond to an overwhelming call for kerbside recycling to be extended to wider rural communities in the District. Because of this, the use of permanent recycling drop-off centres was expected to decline.

Trailers were being introduced as substitute support for Council kerbside recycling collection services in Ōtāne, Ongaonga, Takapau, Tikokino. The mobile option was set to replace static drop-off centres in those locations, following a month-long transition period.


Being on wheels meant trailers could also meet the needs of rural coastal communities that hadn’t received access to recycling services in the past, and could be used at community events on weekends.

Check out the Rural Recycling Trailers schedule below:


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Rural Recycling Trailers - FAQs

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These Rural Recycling Trailers will be able to reach parts of the district that were not easily reached through the typical drop off-centre system. Our rural communities now have the ability to recycle more readily than before.

See an initial schedule below. Trailers will be onsite from 8am to 4pm.

We have the ability to adapt the schedule based on volumes and frequency required for each site. Each community will be advised prior to any change.

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The drop off centres in Otāne, Ongaonga, Takapau and Tikokino will be removed between November 1st and November 5th. The two Rural Recycling Trailers will replace the Drop Off Centres.

Recycling volumes are expected to decrease at all four recycling drop off centres due to the extension of the kerbside recycling collection service in Otāne, Ongaonga, Takapau and Tikokino. The Rural Recycling trailers will support our rural communities who do not receive kerbside recycling.

The initial schedule is able to be adapted based on volumes of recycling received. This will also provide us with an idea around frequency for each township.

Remember there are only two trailers and they need to visit a number of rural areas across the district not just one area. Locations and hours have been chosen to ensure the trailers are visible and no illegal dumping occurs. We also selected areas close to halls and local schools to coincide with families doing school drop off and pick up, meaning that the whole family can take part in recycling.

If the hours or day chosen for your area do not suit you, the recycling drop off centres in Waipawa and Waipukurau remain accessible 24/7 – Recycling at these sites could be part of your trip to town.

Yes! - Of course. Large one off (per year) community events within Central Hawke's Bay can utilise the trailers to support recycling at their event e.g. Matariki at Russell Park. These trailers will require CHBDC staff with them at all times so please ensure you provide the Solid Waste team at least 2 months notice prior to your event. Contact us on 06 857 8060

Originally it was Council's intention to move the drop off centres within the transfer station gates. This would make the containers only available during transfer station open hours. The reason for this was due to high contamination at those sites in recent years. However, we believe that with the significant education and communication during the recent kerbside recycling roll out, there has been greats improvements at both sites.

 Subsequently we have made the decision to keep those drop off centre sites accessible 24/7. However, we need our community to help keep their drop off centres accessible by ensuring that only clean, recyclable material is deposited into the correct slot of each recycling container.

We look forward to hearing you. Please provide your feedback below:



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