Rubbish and Recycling

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The South Taranaki District Council takes waste very seriously.

The Council provides the district’s communities with a cost effective and eco-friendly system of waste management that includes; refuse collection and disposal, a kerbside recycling service, transfer stations with free recycling drop-off, and a voluntary green waste service.

How the Service Will Work for You

The kerbside collection service for domestic waste is available to all urban residents (and rural residents who are on the waste trucks’ collection route). The service is charged as a separate targetted rate so rural residents who do not receive the service do not pay the rate. The service operates as follows:

All rubbish and recycling bins need to be out at the kerbside by 7.30am on the morning of collection facing the road and spaced about half a metre apart so they can be picked up. No waste is to be left next to or on top of the bins, or this will not be picked up by our contractor. All lids must be completely closed.

If you don't live in one of South Taranaki's urban areas, you may still be able to have your refuse collected. If you are able to take the bin to a safe pick-up point on the refuse collection route, a pick-up can be arranged and charged to your rates – please call Council’s solid waste team on 0800 111 323 to find out if this is an option for you.

There are also refuse transfer stations in Hawera, Manaia, Opunake, Eltham, Waitotora, Waverley and Patea.

For all enquiries about rubbish disposal and recycling, including details regarding collection times, please phone the Council on (06) 278 0555 or toll free 0800 111 323 or email