Rubbish and recycling collection days

Our goal - working towards zero waste for the Waikato district

Queen's Birthday collection changes

Rubbish and recycling collections will be one day later then normal next week except for Raglan.

Please continue to sort and wash your recycling. Place glass in one crate and plastic, tins and cans in the other. If you only have one crate, you can alternate your recycling from week to week, or purchase another crate for $18.50 from any of our Council offices.

The Huntly Transfer Station and Xtreme Zero Waste’s Resource Recovery Centre will be closed on Monday and the Glen Murray rural recycling collection will also be pushed back a week and will take place on 13 June. 

COVID-19 recycling collection updates

As waste is an essential service and we want to ensure these services continue there are some changes to ensure our drivers and runners are safe so please place your waste and recycling to the kerbside in the following way.

All items are to be washed clean (wash it like you would your dishes) - this is due to our awesome contractors not being able to handle the items for their health and safety during this time.

Please put:

  • Glass in one crate 
  • Tins, cans and plastics (labelled 1, 2 and 5)in the other crate. 
  • Secured and flattened cardboard/paper should go between or under a crate or in a cardboard box not in the crate.
  • If you only have one crate, please rotate your recycling. Glass one week and plastic, tins and cans the next week. 

Huntly Transfer Station will re-open on Thursday 14 May. Te Kauwhata Transfer Station will re-open on Sunday 17 May. Normal operating hours at both sites will resume. Both sites will only be accepting rubbish and greenwaste. At this stage no recycling will be accepted and there will be no onsite sorting from public loads – it’ll all be classed as rubbish. There will also be contactless payment at both sites – no cash.

Glen Murray

The monthly Glen Murray recycling drop off will be going ahead on May 9 (8:30am-12:30pm). 

Due to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, there will be some changes so please be patient on the day as it may take longer than normal. We want to make sure your recycling can be collected, but we need to make sure our drivers and runners are safe.

  • Please ensure your glass is clean and separated from the rest or your recycling and the containers you bring your glass in aren’t too heavy. Our drivers need to lift them safely
  • Keep you tins, cans, and household plastic #1, 2, and 5 together and clean
  • We’re sorry, but unfortunately we can’t take paper or cardboard this month
  • There will be traffic management on site. Please follow their direction
  • We’ll be recording your details so we can pass these along for contact tracing if needed


Xtreme Zero Waste 

Te Hutewai Road Resource Recovery Centre is open from Thursday 14 May and will continue with normal opening hours (Monday – Friday 12.30pm – 5pm and Saturday - Sunday 10am -5pm  – no drop offs after 4.30pm). Please follow the Xtreme guidelines on site

Xtreme’s rural drop off at Te Mata and Te Uku also resumes from Thursday 14 May. All recycling needs to be washed clean please

All miniskips have been removed from the rural collection road ends, and the standard collection will start again next week.


View our collection days map below to find out the day of your rubbish and recycling collection.

What you need to know about rubbish and recycling:

  • Where available rubbish and recycling collections will be the same day each week
  • Rubbish bags and recycle bins must be out on the kerbside by 7.30am
  • There is no limit to the number of bags that can be put out each week however all bags must have a pre-paid blue sticker attached except for Raglan where a pre-paid bag must be used
  • Any bag up to 60L can be used for refuse except in Raglan where a pre-paid 60L or 25L bag must be used
  • A bag must not weigh more than 20kg
  • Rubbish collection is usually not provided on public holidays. This website, Facebook or your local newspaper will advertise any changes
  • Rubbish or recycling not collected? Phone us 0800 492 452
  • Need more information on rubbish and recycling in Raglan?  Visit Xtreme Waste website.


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