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Full kerbside rubbish and recycling collections with yellow Council bags, recycling in wheelie bins, and glass in crates, will continue.
Refuse transfer stations will be open at their usual times. All payments are by Eftpos or Paywave only.
See more information about rubbish and all Council services
Locations and Opening Hours
Paeroa Refuse Transfer Station
ph:07 862 8693
Open: 12:30pm to 5:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Closed: Wednesday and all Public Holidays*
- Scrap metal can be dropped off at Paeroa Refuse Transfer Station.
Waihi Refuse Transfer Station
ph:07 863 6100
Open: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Closed: Tuesday, Thursday and all Public Holidays*
- Scrap metal can now be accepted as the recycling area upgrade has been completed.
* View the dates affected by public holidays
Charges apply for the disposal of all rubbish (not including items separated for recycling). View the Disposal Charges
From 1 March 2021, we will no longer accept cash for payment, but welcome Eftpos, debit and credit cards.
Household batteries can start fires
Household batteries should not be placed in your yellow rubbish bags or the recycling wheelie bins.
Batteries have been responsible for fires in bins and on collection trucks. They are a danger to collection staff.
What can you do with household batteries?
Household batteries are collected in a specific bin at our Refuse Transfer Stations for safe disposal.
Rubbish and recycling at disposal sites
- Only cleaned rigid plastics 1, 2 & 5, paper, cardboard, aluminium cans and tin cans can be recycled. Plastics 3,4,6,7 must go in rubbish bags.
- Green waste can be accepted.
- All glass goes into the glass bottle bank.
- Batteries - Place household batteries in the bin marked "Batteries start fires".
- No cost for rubbish or recycling in pre-paid yellow bags, all other bags will be charged at usual disposal fees.
- If someone in the household is sick, double bag personal hygiene and PPE products, i.e. facemasks, gloves, etc. and put it in your yellow rubbish bag.
Soft plastics (e.g plastic bags) can go into the soft plastics bin at:
- New World, Waihi
- Four Square, Ngatea
- Hauraki Reuse and Repair Centre
- Refuse transfer stations, Paeroa and Waihi.
Unwanted plant material from gardens is called greenwaste. Some plant material is not accepted at our refuse transfer stations as greenwaste and is listed below.
- Stringy plants, noxious plants or weeds, and oversize branches (greater than 150mm diameter) cannot be accepted at the reduced green waste disposal rate.
Examples of these plants include - ponga trees, agapanthus, flax, bamboo, ginger plant, gorse cuttings, box thorn, cabbage trees, yucca, ragwort, noxious weeds or anything similar to these.
- Green waste containing contaminates such as stones, concrete, plastic, weed matting, ornamental bark is also not accepted.
Any rejected green waste is charged at General waste rates and unloaded into General waste areas.
Items such as herbicides, pesticides, solvents and varnish are accepted at transfer stations in domestic quantities only, e.g. 20 litres of liquid or less, 5kg of powder or less. Commercial volumes are not accepted. There is no charge for domestic quantities.
To dispose of unwanted agrichemicals, including the recycling of agrichemcial containers see our page on Agricovery.