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During the COVID-19 lockdown rubbish will be collected fortnightly on your normal recycling week. 

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COVID-19 – what we’re doing

During the COVID-19 lockdown our number one priority is the wellbeing of our communities and staff.

We'll do our best to continue to meet the essential needs of our communities in these unprecedented times.

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Some aspects of this service may have changed due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

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There are important changes to kerbside collections and refuse transfer station operations.

Rubbish bags will now only be collected fortnightly, on the same day as your usual recycling collection. ALL waste, including your recycling must be bagged in a yellow council bag and placed inside your black and yellow wheelie bin. This is to reduce handling and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All waste will now go to landfill during the lockdown period. If someone in your household is sick, all waste must be double bagged – only the outer bag needs to be an official council bag.

You can stockpile your recycling and have it collected when recycling resumes, if you prefer.

View full instructions including services for Rural residents and those without kerbside collection


Our solid waste services consist of the minimisation, collection, and disposal of solid waste. These services involve kerbside collection of rubbish and recyclables, and the management of two refuse transfer stations located in Paeroa and Waihi.

Rubbish Disposal Sites

Paeroa Refuse Transfer Station

Grey Street

Closed: due to COVID-19 

Waihi Refuse Transfer Station

Dean Crescent

Closed: due to COVID-19 

Important Notice

Refuse Transfer Stations in Paeroa and Waihi will have a bin available at limited times for bagged waste only. Hours will be from 12.30 to 4pm on the usual fortnightly collection day for that town. 

A bottle bank for glass is available at Paeroa and Waihi Refuse Transfer Stations, next to the Whiritoa Surf Club and near the Kaiaua boat ramp. Please avoid regular trips for small loads and stockpile your glass as much as possible, ideally until recycling resumes.

View the latest information about Rubbish and Recycling during COVID-19 alert level 4.

Kerbside Rubbish & Recycling Collections     

Place your rubbish and recycling at the kerbside before 7:30am

Please help keep our rubbish collectors safe.

Please note: On any week where there is a public holiday on a normal collection day all rubbish collections for that week, from that day, will be a day later than the normal, except for the first week in January, New Years 2019. This will be advertised on our Facebook page, our website (public notices and homepage banner) and in the local newspapers. Scheduled delays to collections are also noted in the Kerbside Collection Calendar

LocationCollection DayRecycling
Kaiaua Wednesday  Week 2
Karangahake Thursday  Week 2
Kerepehi Wednesday  Week 1
Mackaytown Thursday Week 2
Ngatea  Wednesday Week 2
Paeroa Thursday Week 2
Turua Wednesday  Week 1
Waihi Thursday Week 1
Waikino  Thursday  Week 1
Waitakaruru Wednesday Week 2
Whiritoa Monday Week 1
What Week Is it?

If you've lost track of what week it is, look it up on the kerbside recycling calendar

Yellow HDC Rubbish bags

The cost of purchasing a rubbish bag represents the costs for the kerbside collection and disposal of the rubbish. Rubbish bags can be purchased from Council offices and local supermarkets. View the purchase price of the yellow HDC rubbish bags.

Bins & Crates

Place your clean recyclable glass into the blue crate.

Place clean - plastic (1-7), tins/cans, paper and cardboard - into the wheelie bin. See more about what items can be placed for recycling in the wheelie bin and crate.

Place your crate and your wheelie bin out on the kerbside by 7:30am. Make sure the front of the wheelie bin is facing the road (wheels are at the back) and the lid is closed. The truck's mechanical arm needs room to pick up the bin so place it at least half-a-metre (same as the bin's width) away from other objects.

Half a metre between bins, crates and other objects

What Items Can be Recycled?

Only CLEAN materials will be accepted for recycling in the Transfer Stations and at the Kerbside.

Glass, plastic (1-7), tins/cans, paper and cardboard.

See what can or cannot go into your wheelie bin and blue crate. Find out What Items can be Recycled

Wheelie bins and replacement parts

If your bin is damaged or stolen, contact us to order a replacement bin. Parts can also be replaced if they become damaged.

View the cost of bin or parts replacement.

It's a good idea to label your bins with your address to avoid any ownership issues.

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