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Council’s vision for waste management is to manage waste in a cost-effective way that reduces harmful effects & improves efficiency of resource use. Part of this is the way Wairoa District Council delivers waste management services around the district, these services are listed below.

Landfill consultation now open

Council is seeking feedback from members of the public on the preferred landfill opening times.


FAQs – Solid Waste Management Level of Service Consultation

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The option chosen after LTP deliberations was a level of service of 6 days a week. Following the procurement process, Council will not be able to deliver that level of service for the budget set in the LTP.

Collection days may change with the new contractor, any changes will be advertised in due course.

Collection days may change with the new contractor, any changes will be advertised in due course.

This is the most cost effective solution that balances providing a good household collection service with drop-off service at the landfill and recycling centre.

Council has gone through a robust procurement process.  The outcome will not change by going out to tender again in the short term.

The refuse bag price will be adjusted to a standard rate for rural and urban households of $4.60 per bag.  A standard recycling crate will be provided to assist with the safe collection of recyclables.

Council has worked closely with the preferred tender to achieve the most cost effective solution that optimises the plant and equipment being provided by the Contractor. That is to provide a cost effective collection service and landfill operation.  Three main options were reviewed 6 days operation at the landfill and resource recovery centre, this exceeded that current budget.  4 days operation at the landfill and resource recovery centre which is the most cost effective and balances the revenue risk between gate fees and refuse bags. 5 days operations at the landfill which puts the refuse bag revenue at risk. In addition Council providing more management of the services.

The preferred option of 4 days operation has a net cost of $753,000 which is within budget, so rates will not increase if revenue and bag sales and gate fees cover a high proportion of the cost.

In order to award the contract Council needs to consult with the community as the preferred option of 4 days is a significant change to level of service. This triggers Councils Significance & Engagement Policy and is therefore a legislative requirement.

Holiday Waste Schedule

Council will be providing extra refuse, recycling and waste services over the busy Christmas/New Year period. Please find all information in the Holiday Waste Schedule.

Rubbish & Recycling Education

Wairoa District Council provides for waste management through a variety of facilities and services. Council is committed to promoting responsible waste management solutions for the district and is keen to work with groups or individuals to improve their waste management.

Council staff or contractors are happy to talk to schools, community groups, marae or individuals about ways to reduce the amount of waste being produced and better ways to deal with what is produced.

Refuse Collection

Refuse collections are a user pays service provided by the Wairoa District Council's Waste Management Contractor QRS (06) 838 9030.

Where can I buy Official Refuse Stickers?

Official refuse stickers (to be stuck on the rubbish bags) are available from the following locations:


  • New World Supermarket
  • Age Concern
  • Mahia Avenue Dairy
  • McLean Street Dairy
  • Riverview Dairy


  • Mahia Beach Store
  • Mahia Service Station (Opoutama)


  • Nuhaka Garage

Please ensure you purchase the correct sticker for your location (Wairoa Township and Frasertown – Urban, all others locations Rural).

How much do the Official Refuse Stickers cost?

Prices for the Official Refuse Stickers are as follows:

Rural (Mahia, Nuhaka, Morere, Mahanga, Te Reinga, Ruakituri, Raupunga, Kotemaori, Mohaka):

  • 7kg $5.00 each (Pack of 5 $25.00)


  • 7kg $3.20 each (pack of 5 $16.00)

Domestic rubbish collections Routes

  • SH2 from Wairoa to Kotemaori Settlement Road
  • SH2 from Wairoa to Morere. The collection point stops at Tunanui Road, Morere
  • Tiniroto Road from Frasertown through to Te Reinga and Ruakituri Road
  • SH38 from Frasertown to Waihi Road

Please note that any households living off the State Highway may bring their refuse to the State Highway for pick-up.

Tuai Refuse Collection

Collection managed by Ruapani ki Waikaremoana Trust T/A Waikaremoana Contracting.

06 837 3876

Collection takes place every Thursday Morning - we encourage everyone to recycle and to minimise their residual waste.

Green Waste: By Special Arrangement (contact us on one of the numbers above)

Whiteware: By Special Arrangement (contact us on one of the numbers above).

Raupunga/Mohaka/Kotemaori Refuse Collection

Collection managed by Waipapa Recycling.

(06) 837 6553

Refuse Collection days

  • From Wairoa to Māhia (but not including Wairoa), including Nūhaka and Māhanga - collections will be weekly on Mondays.
  • Wairoa township collection is done on Tuesdays.
  • From Frasertown to Waihi Road (and including Frasertown) - collections will be weekly on Thursdays.
  • From Frasertown to Ruakituri (but not including Frasertown), including Te Reinga - collections will be weekly on Thursdays.
  • From Wairoa to Kotemaori Settlement Rd (but not including Wairoa), including Mōhaka and Raupunga, collections will be weekly on Fridays.
  • Tuai Village including Onepoto village, Waimako papakainga, Tu Kuha papakainga, Piripaua village, SH38 (from Onepoto to Pakowhai Bridge) on Thursdays from 8.30am.


The kerbside recycling collection for the Wairoa Urban area & Frasertown takes place weekly on Wednesdays. Please sort (eg plastics, glass, cardboard) to help with efficiency.

Recycling in the rural areas is on the first and third Sunday of each month and at the following locations:

  • Kotemaori – Kotemaori Hall 10.00am-11.30am
  • Raupunga – Former fire station 12.00pm–2.00pm
  • Mōhaka – Old pub site 2.30–4.30pm
  • Ruakituri – Opposite school 9.00am-10.45am (2nd Sunday of the month only)
  • Te Reinga – Opposite school 09.00am-10.45pm (2nd Sunday of the month only)
  • Nūhaka – QRS metal yard 12.00pm-02.00pm
  • Māhia – 376 Kaiwaitau Rd 09.00am-11.30am.
  • Tuai - Kokako Rd (intersection with SH38) & Piripaua Rd (Piripaua Power Station intersection with SH38) from 8.30am(every Friday)


We accept the following:

  • CANS - Rinsed aluminium & steel cans
  • GLASS - Clean bottles & jars (remove the lids & rinse, no window glass, lightbulbs, glassware or mirrors)
  • PAPER - Newspaper, magazines, junk mail, all other clean paper
  • CARDBOARD - Flatten all boxes (not milk cartons, drink cartons or tetrapaks)
  • PLASTICS - Types 1-7 rigid containers, including clear plastic meat trays (Not Accepted: supermarket shopping bags, bread bags, Polysterene (including black meat trays), no bags, wrap or film)

Commercial customers please contact QRS to discuss your requirements (06) 838-9030.

Wairoa Landfill & Recycling Centre

The Wairoa Landfill is located on Fraser Street and is managed by QRS.

(06) 838 9030

  • Eftpos is available at the Wairoa Landfill.

Landfill hours

  • 11am to 5pm daily (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), except ANZAC Day when it will be open from 1pm to 5pm and closed 25/26 December, 1 January, 2 January, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
  • Thursdays from 9am – 3pm.

Waste Management Fees

Waste Management Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Weighbridge Rates (Minimum weight 20kg) Fee (incl GST)
Note: If the weighbridge computer is not working, the Non-weighed Rates are to be applied and the transactions manually carried out
Direct User Charges Non Recyclables 
Wairoa Landfill Weighbridge 
Hardfill (per tonne) - Rubble, concrete$60.00 
Green Waste (Per Tonne)$100.00 
Min. weight 25kg$2.50 
Other Waste (Per Tonne)$200.00 
Min. weight 25kg$5.00 

Non-Weighed Rates Fee (incl GST)
Clean Green Waste
Clean Green Waste$2.50 
Clean Green Waste (Car)$10.00 
Clean Green Waste (Small Van Or Trailer)$15.00 
Clean Green Waste (Car & Trailer)$20.00 
Commercial Vehicles (Trucks) As Assessed By Attendant 
Unsorted Waste
Note: 1 x 40 Litre refuse bag = 2 x Supermarket plastic shopping bags.
Unsorted Waste (Per 40 Litre Bag)$5.00 
Unsorted Waste (Car)$20.00 
Unsorted Waste (Small Van Or Trailer) $30.00 
Unsorted Waste (Car & Trailer)$60.00 
Commercial Vehicles (Trucks) As Assessed By Attendant 
Vehicles & Tyres
Note: Tyres are accepted at the following rates to cover the cost of shredding:
Car Tyres$10.00 
Truck Tyres$20.00 
Burial Of Asbestos
Asbestos from sites within Wairoa District charged Admin Fee plus prevailing weighbridge rate for general refuseAdmin Fee + Weighbridge Rate 
Administration Fee (all Asbestos transations)$75.00 
Weighbridge Charges for Out of District Asbestos Waste (per tonne)$450.00 


For more information relating to Waste Management, please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309


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