Inorganic collection

Our inorganic rubbish collection will start in July, rescheduled from an end-of-May start due to the COVID-19  crisis.

Only properties that have rubbish and recycling picked up weekly by Waikato District Council are entitled to the kerbside inorganic collection.

Collection dates

The collection will start in the central/southern area on a weekly basis, determined by the day you usually have your rubbish collected.

The service will then move up to the northern part of the district, determined by the area you live in.

Note: The Raglan area does not receive this service.

Central/Southern area collection dates
Please put your inorganic items out the day before your collection.

Collection dates for communities living in the central and south areas of the Waikato District Council area are as follows:

If your weekly rubbish and recycling collection is on:

  • Mondays (Whatawhata, Te Kowhai, west of Huntly areas) – starts from 6 July
  • Tuesdays (Huntly, Glen Massey, Pukemiro areas) – starts from 13 July
  • Wednesdays (Ngaruawahia, Horotiu, Gordonton areas) – starts from 20 July
  • Thursdays (Tauwhare, Tamahere areas) – starts from 3 August
  • Fridays (Te Kauwhata, Puketaha, Meremere areas) – starts from 10 August

Northern area collection dates
Please put your inorganic items out the day before your collection.

  • Pokeno, Mangatawhiri, Mangatangi, Mercer (east of the river) – starts from 17 August
  • Aka Aka, Otaua, Puni, Pukekohe South – starts from 24 August
  • Pukekawa, Onewhero, Mercer (west of the river), Port Waikato – starts from 31 August
  • Tuakau, Harrisville, Whangarata – starts from 7 September.

View the northern Waikato district inorganic collection map

Do's and don'ts

Fridges/freezer have not been included in the inorganic collection due to health and safety issues; these items require degassing and cannot be put into a compactor truck.

Please contact Huntly transfer station, Te Kauwhata transfer station or Waikato Environment Centre to dispose of e-waste or whiteware responsibly.

If you have placed a fridge/freezer on the verge for collection, we kindly ask that you take it back.

You need to make sure your pile of inorganic rubbish is less than two metres long, no more than one metre wide and one metre high.

Anything over this amount will be left behind – it is then your responsibility to remove the remainder.

It is also important to remember that inorganic rubbish should not be put out on the kerb until the day before your week of inorganic collection.

Unfortunately we cannot collect all of your unwanted items. Below is a list of items that are suitable and a list of those that are not.

Prohibited items will not be picked up and it will be your responsibility to dispose of items that are not picked up by contractors.

Please note, you risk being prosecuted for illegal dumping if items are left out on road frontages after the inorganic collection has been completed.

Yes we can collect

  • Furniture, eg chairs, tables, cabinets
  • Lawnmowers and bikes
  • Carpets
  • Metal items from household renovations, eg corrugated iron, pipes up to two metres long
  • Appliances, eg. washing machines, stoves (excluding fridges and freezers).

Sorry we can't take

  • e-waste (electronic goods, computers, TVs etc)
  • Any standard bagged rubbish
  • Glass windows and windscreens
  • Garden waste, tree trimmings and soil
  • Commercial and farm waste
  • Bricks and broken concrete
  • Oil, paint and chemicals
  • Fibrolite or asbestos
  • Car bodies or car engines
  • Builders waste
  • Household renovation materials, eg timber
  • Batteries and gas cylinders/gas bottles
  • Wire of any description
  • Tyres
  • Fridges and freezers

Have a question?

View our inorganic FAQ's or free phone 0800492452.