Collection days and bins

​​​Collection Dates

Your red bin will be collected weekly, while your recycling bin and crate will be picked up once a fortnight. Click on the calendar to check which week your recycling collection is on. You will have either a Week 1 or Week 2 sticker on your wheelie bin which lets you know when to put your yellow and blue crate out.

There will be no collection on Christmas Day.

If Christmas Day falls on a weekday, collection will be on the following day and each remaining day of that week will move to one day later than normal.

There will be no collection on Good Friday. Your collection will be changed to Saturday, the day after Good Friday.​

All other public holidays are normal collection days. 

Anything not contained within your supplied bins and crates will not be collected. Excess glass or other recycling can be taken to a transfer station, in town recycling centre or the recycling section of the landfill, free of charge.

Sorting your rubbish and recycling

Yellow bin

Here's what you can put into your yellow recycling bin:

  • Metal tins
    • Rinsed food tins
  • Paper and cardboard
    • Cardboard packaging
    • Clean pizza boxes
    • Egg cartons
    • Envelopes and junk mail
    • Newspaper and magazines
  • Plastics (Numbers 1 – 7)* except plastic bags/plastic film
    • Cleaning bottles
    • Ice cream containers
    • Plastic drink bottles
    • Plastic milk bottles
    • Plastic tubs (e.g margarine containers)
    • Yoghurt tubs

*Plastic Shopping Bags/plastic film : Plastic shopping bags or soft pliable plastics such as clingfilm, bubble wrap or resealable bags cannot be placed into your yellow recycling bin. They must be placed in the general rubbish bin. 

We are currently investigating how we can recycle plastic shopping.  But, please check if your nearest supermarket will take your plastic shopping bags.

*Batteries (AA, AAA etc) - small batteries can be recycled at the in-town Recycling Centre only. Please do not put them in your yellow lidded bin. You can also place them in your red lidded bin.

*Polystyrene - cannot go in your recycling bin (this includes meat trays and types of packaging).

Please ensure your recyclables are washed before they go into your bin and remove the lids from plastic bottles. To save space, it is a good idea to squash items before putting them in the bin.

Here's what should not go into your yellow recycling bin:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Empty aerosol cans (e.g deodorant)​
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic film, such as cling wrap
  • Building paper
  • Batteries (these can be recycled at the recycling centre only)
  • CD, videos and cases they come in
  • Clothing or shoes
  • Coat hangers of any sort
  • Crockery and ceramics
  • Dead animals/pets
  • Drinking glasses or crockery
  • Electronic items
  • Fireworks
  • Food
  • Foil or other metal objects including machinery
  • Garden waste
  • Glass
  • Light bulbs or window glass
  • Liquids or food
  • Medical products
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene (e.g noodle containers, meat trays or foam packaging)
  • Small household appliances
  • Tetrapaks
  • Wet paper or used paper towels
  • Lithium batteries (fire hazard risk) 

Blue crate – glass recycling

Here's what you can put into your blue glass recycling crate:

  • Brown glass bottles and jars
  • Clear glass bottles and jars
  • Green glass bottles and jars

Please ensure that you have rinsed out glass and removed the tops from the bottles and jars and placed tops in the yellow bin.

What should not go in the blue glass recycling crate:

  • Broken glass
  • Cookware
  • Drinking glasses
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Window or windscreen glass

Red bin – household rubbish

The red household rubbish bin is for all other waste that cannot go 
into your yellow bin or blue crate.

Here's what should not go into the red bin:

  • Automotive products (e.g car, boat or truck batteries)
  • Car parts
  • Large bits of wood/timber
  • Dead animals/pets
  • Dry chemicals
  • Explosives and flammable material including gas bottles
  • Hazardous waste (e.g asbestos, petrol)
  • Hot material (e.g ashes)
  • Household cleaners
  • Liquid chemicals
  • Medical sharps
  • Paints and solvents
  • Lithium batteries (fire hazard risk)

Bin placement

We encourage residents to place bins and crates about a half a metre apart and as close to the grass verge of the kerb to make it easier for the collection vehicle to pick them up. Please make sure the lids are closed with the front of the bins facing the road and away from any parked cars.

Note: Please, do not place the bins on the road.

Assisted Collection Service

If you are having trouble putting out your wheelie bins each week give Council a call on 07 348 4199 (8am - 5pm Monday to Friday) and speak to a Customer Advisor.

They will work with you to find a more suitable option.

What if I have additional recycling

You can either buy an additional 240 litre Bin or take y our recycling to the Recycling Centre or rural Transfer Stations for free.

Larger / additional bins

Residents can upgrade their bins or buy more bins through the Council's contractor, Smart Environmental. For more information phone Smart Environmental on 07 346 8327 or email

You can also find out more about Smart Environmental at

Here's how much it will cost to upgrade your bins:

Rubbish bin options (red lid)

Fee per annum

Upgrade 140 litre bin to to 240 litre bin$136.25 (GST incl)
Additional 140 litre bin$196.20 (GST incl)
Additional 240 litre bin$294.30 (GST incl)

Recycling bin options (yellow lid)

Fee per annum

Additional 240 litre bin$272.50 (GST incl)

Blue crate options (glass)

Fee per annum

Additional 40 litre crate (maximum 3 per household)$43.60 (GST incl)

**Smaller bins are unavailable**

Bin difficulties

(Size / weight)

The bins are normally light and easy to manoeuvre.  Residents will be provided with big recycling bins because recycled materials tend to be lighter and take up more space.

(Long / steep driveway)

Feedback from across the country shows that most people cope with using their bins.  Alternatively, you could house your bins in a place closer to the roadside, otherwise you could make or buy a tow bar hitch for about $15. We encourage you to use your bins for a few months, and if these suggestions do not work please call the Council.

Damaged bins

If your bin is damaged phone Council on 07 348 4199 and speak to a Customer Advisor about repairs or replacement.

Surplus paper bags

If you have surplus brown paper bags after 31 October you can drop them off to the following community associations:

  • Fordlands Community Centre (48 Bellingham Crescent)
  • Mokoia Community Association (297 Vaughan Road)
  • Progress Ngongotaha - during opening hours (180 Ngongotaha Road - accross from the Post shop)
  • Linton Park Community Centre - 16 Kamahi Place



Page reviewed: 03 Mar 2020 10:31am