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Some aspects of this service may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Alert Level 2 - Kerbside collections return to normal from Monday 18 May, but with a change in plastic recycling. See the latest update to Rubbish & Recycling.
- Rubbish - collected weekly
- Recycling - collected fortnightly
- Collection days and recycling weeks
- Public holidays
- What week is it?
- Bins & Crates
- Clean recyclables only
- Bin and parts replacement costs
Only rubbish in the HDC official yellow pre-paid bags will be collected.
There is no limit on the number of pre-paid bags that can be put out for collection. The collect of bags is restricted to a maximum weight limit of 7 kg for each bag.
View the purchase price of the yellow HDC rubbish bags. They can be purchased from the following locations:
- Council Offices
- New World in Waihi
- Countdown in Paeroa
- Four Square in Ngatea
- Pak n Save in Thames
- Kaiaua Store
- Waitakaruru Country Store
on alternate weeks, either Week 1 or Week 2.
Your rubbish & recycling must be at the gate before 7:30am to guarantee collection.
The easiest way to remember your collection day is to check the ID sticker on the wheelie bin allocated to your address, which will show the day and week. In the example below it is Tuesday, Week 1.
Place your rubbish and recycling at the kerbside before 7:30am
|Location||Weekly Rubbish Collection |
Yellow Pre-paid rubbish bags
|Fortnightly Recycling Collection|
Wheelie bins and blue crates
|Kaiaua||Wednesday||Wednesday - Week 2|
|Karangahake||Thursday||Thursday - Week 2|
|Kerepehi||Wednesday||Wednesday - Week 1|
|Mackaytown||Thursday||Thursday - Week 2|
|Ngatea||Wednesday||Wednesday - Week 2|
|Paeroa||Thursday||Thursday - Week 2|
|Turua||Wednesday||Wednesday - Week 1|
|Waihi||Thursday||Thursday - Week 1|
|Waikino||Thursday||Thursday - Week 1|
|Waitakaruru||Wednesday||Wednesday - Week 2|
|Whiritoa*||Monday||Monday - Week 1|
|* View the extra holiday collections for Whiritoa over Christmas and New year 2019/20|
View the Kerbside Collection Calendar
On any week where there is a public holiday on a normal collection day, all rubbish collections will be a day later than the normal. This will be advertised on our Facebook page, our website and in the local newspapers.
If you've lost track of what week it is, look it up on the kerbside recycling calendar.
Place your clean recyclable glass into the blue crate.
Place clean - plastic (1 and 2), tins/cans, paper and cardboard - into the wheelie bin. See below for what can be recycled in the wheelie bin and crate.
Please ensure all recyclable items are CLEANED thoroughly before placing in the bins. Dirty items will not be collected.
Items that can be placed in in the wheelie bins for recycling:
- Plastics 1 & 2 only
View the FAQs for the change in plastics recycling
For more detail see: What items can be Recycled
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.
Bins must not be overloaded
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.