Bags for lakeside residents
Who gets plastic rubbish bags?
Residents in some lakeside areas are entitled to 52 plastic council rubbish bags each rating year (1 July to 30 June).
Why do I have to use plastic bags?
Bags are used in some areas because the terrain makes it difficult for Council's waste contractors Smart Environmental to service the area using wheelie bins. This includes areas with narrow or steep roads.
I have a property in an area that uses bags - how to I get them?
Initially bags were delivered to each property but this service resulted in a significant number of bags not reaching their intended recipients. In order to secure residents annual allocations Council has decided to keep bags at several locations and allow people to collect them using a unqiue letter.
Where do I collect the bags from?
A letter was sent to your property - please take this letter to any one of the following locations:
- RLC Recycling Centre - 24 Te Ngae Road (opposite Countdown)7.30am - 4.30pm Mon - Sat9.30am - 4.30pm Sun
- Okere Falls Transfer Station - 15 Okere Road Z8.30am - 12pm Thurs & Sun
- Tarawera Transfer Station - 1113 Tarawera Road1pm - 4.30pm Thurs & Sun
- Mamaku Transfer station - 14 Kaponga Street8.30 - 11.30am Wed & Sat
- Reporoa Transfer Station - Corner Birch and Massey Roads1 - 4.30pm Wed & Sat
The letter is valid for one year only and should be redeemed by 30 June. A new letter will be sent each year. If you misplace your letter, don't worry just bring along proof of address with photo ID to the Recycling Centre on Te Ngae Road on a weekday and you'll be able to collect your bags.
Why did we change?
- Increasing recycling will reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill and have a positive environmental impact
- We can reduce health and safety risks to waste management staff
What can you put in the bags?
- Your red bag is for general household rubbish that can't be recycled
Here's what can't go into your rubbish bag:
- Explosives and flammable material including gas bottles
- Hazardous waste
- Liquid chemicals
- Household cleaners
- Dry chemicals
- Automotive products e.g. car, boat or truck batteries
- Paints and solvents
- Dead animals/pets
- Hot material e.g. ashes
- Medical sharps
Tips to reduce your waste
> Choose products with little or no packaging
> Give unwanted clothes to opportunity shops or use clothing bins
> Start a compost heap or worm farm, then use the compost/vermicast in your garden
> To reduce food waste, use your leftovers up, plan your weekly meals and buy only what you need
> Freezing food can significantly reduce food waste
Where can I buy more council rubbish bags?
Additional bags can be purchased individually for $1.70 or in a bundle of 10 for $17.00. You can buy them from these places:
- Recycling Centre (24 Te Ngae Road, Rotorua)
- Landing Caf, Tarawera (RD5 Lake Tarawera Road)
- Rotomā Roadhouse Store (178 State Highway 30, Rotomā)
- Ōkere Falls Transfer Station (during opening hours)
- Tarawera Transfer Station (during opening hours
For most lakeside residents:
- Make sure that your bags are firmly tied and wherever possible, place them away from other objects on the verge of the kerbside
- If the roadside is not suitable, you can place your bags on the other side of the road or in a better location on your street
- Place them away from cars
- Do not place them on the road.
Please put your rubbish out by 7.30 am on collection day, Monday
Can I switch between bags and bins?
- If you live in the lakeside area, you can switch from bags to bins.
- We encourage the switch to bins as they are more environmentally friendly and are safer for our collections staff.
- Please make your choice carefully as residents who switch to bins cannot return to a bag service.
- If you decide to switch to bins please give us a call on 07 348 4199
Stop and Collect
The 'Stop and Collect' service was an option allowing residents to collect their paper rubbish bags from the council rather than having them delivered to residents' homes.
This service will no longer be offered by the council.