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Rubbish and recycling collection

Weekly residential kerbside rubbish and recycling collection is available for those living in urban and some rural areas of our district.

Each week those who receive the service must have their rubbish and recycling on the kerb by 7am for pick—up.

If your rubbish and/or recycling is not collected by 5:30pm on your usual day, please give us a call on 0800 492 452.

What day is my rubbish and recycling collected?

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Your next collection day is:


Self service

Monthly drop off

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Note: There is usually no change to rubbish and recycling collection days following public holidays. If there is a change, we will update this page and it will be included in our fortnightly newsletter. Sign-up to receive our newsletter. 

Sorry, we haven’t got that listed. If it isn't listed, it's likely that it can not be recycled in the kerbside collection.

Recycling rules

You can place your weekly recycling into a teal green Waikato District Council recycling crate. You can put out up to two recycle bins for collection per week.

  • Wash clean all items (like you would your dishes)
  • All lids must be removed and put in the rubbish bin (this includes milk bottle lids), these are often different to the plastic material of the bottle itself and get stuck in the recycling processing machinery.
  • Please put:
    • Glass in one crate 
    • Tins, cans and plastics (labelled 1, 2 and 5) in the other crate
    • If you only have one crate, please rotate your recycling. Glass one week and plastic, tins and cans the next week. A second crate can also be purchased from any council office. 
  • Place cardboard/paper between or under a crate or in a cardboard box not in the crate. 
  • Cardboard and paper can be no larger than 50cm x 50cm x 50cm. Please keep all cardboard and paper out of your recycling crates. 

Need a recycling crate?

Each household receives two crates free when they complete a new build, after that, replacement crates are $22 each. 

Recycling must be placed in the crate, unless it is cardboard/paper which can be placed between or under a crate or in a cardboard box not in the crate. 

You can replace lost, stolen and damaged crates or get two free crates for a newly built dwelling from any one of our council offices, for locations see our contact us page.