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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.

Changes to kerbside collection of plastic grades

From 28th September 2020 only grades 1, 2, 5 rigid plastics will be accepted at kerbside collection. This is due to significant changes to
the global recycling market.

Grades 3, 4, 6, 7 include widely used items such as cleaning product bottles and polystyrene takeaway containers. There is no reputable
or sustainable market for these types of plastics.

Smart Environmental, our local contractor, will begin rejecting these grades of plastics from household kerbside collections as of 28
September 2020.

A non-compliance sticker system will be implemented from this day.

There will be a grace period of two weeks. During this time a sticker will be placed on your crate to let you know that items were placed in
your crate that are no longer being accepted. Your items will be still collected at this point.

After the two week period, our contractor will no longer be accepting plastics graded 3,4,6,7 and a sticker will be placed on your crate to
point out the reason your recycling was rejected.

We encourage the community to REDUCE, REUSE or completely AVOID these types of plastics where they can.

Plastics that will be accepted at kerbside collection

Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 5
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Grade 1 Rigid Plastics

e.g. Soft-drink & water bottles

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Grade 2 Rigid Plastics

e.g. Milk bottles, ice cream containers, detergent bottles

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Grade 5 Rigid Plastics

e.g. Lunch boxes, microwave containers & some dairy food containers

Plastics that won't be accepted at kerbside collection

Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 6 Grade 7
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Grade 3 Plastics

e.g. Cosmetic containers, pipes, films, wire coatings, garden hose

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Grade 4 Plastics

e.g. Film for protection of pallets, rubbish bags, plastic food wrap

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Grade 6 Plastics

e.g. Plastic cutlery, CD cases, stationery parts, toy parts, plastic 'glassware'

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Grade 7 Plastics

e.g. Car parts, appliance parts, computers, electronics, water cooler bottles

Changes to recycling collection days

Due to increase in demand, kerbside collection of recycling will be split across two days.

  • Wednesday collection
    Wairoa east - areas include south of the bridge, from but excluding SH2.
  • Thursday collection
    North Clyde, Frasertown - areas include Wairoa west from and including SH2, North of the Wairoa bridge and Frasertown.



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 Smart Environmental (0800 424 990).

Where can I buy Official Refuse Bags?

Official refuse bags are available from the following locations:


  • Wairoa District Council
  • New World Supermarket
  • Mahia Avenue Dairy
  • McLean Street Dairy
  • Riverview Dairy


  • Mahia Beach Store
  • Mahia Service Station (Opoutama)

Domestic rubbish collections Routes

  • SH2 from Waihua 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.

Nathan, +64 27 6600 093

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

Refuse Collection days

  • From Wairoa to Mahia (but not including Wairoa), including Nuhaka 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 Tuesdays.
  • From Frasertown to Ruakituri (but not including Frasertown), including Te Reinga - collections will be weekly on Thursdays.
  • From Waihua to Kotemaori Settlement Rd, including Mohaka 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 is split across two days:

  • Wednesday collection
    Wairoa east - areas include south of the bridge, from but excluding SH2.
  • Thursday collection
    North Clyde, Frasertown - areas include Wairoa west from and including SH2, North of the Wairoa bridge and Frasertown.

Please ensure recycling doesn't weigh more than 12kg per bin. Recycling has to be in an official Council recycling bin. There are two official Council recycling bins, the old 60l bin and the new 45l bin. A maximum of 2 recycling bins will be picked up from each household.

Recycling in the following rural areas is weekly on Thursdays.

  • Kotemaori – Kotemaori Hall 9.00am
  • Raupunga – Former fire station 10.00am
  • Mohaka – Old pub site 12.00pm
  • Waihua - Beach turnoff 1.00pm

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

  • Ruakituri – Opposite school 3.30pm-3.45pm (2nd Sunday of the month only)
  • Te Reinga – Opposite school 4.00pm-4.15pm (2nd Sunday of the month only)
  • Nuhaka – QRS metal yard 12.00pm-2.00pm
  • Mahia – 376 Kaiwaitau Rd 9.00am-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, 2 & 5 rigid plastics (e.g. water & milk bottles, ice cream containers). Not accepted: types 3, 4, 6 & 7 (e.g. pipes, film, plastic cutlery, appliance parts).

Commercial customers please contact Smart Environmental to discuss your requirements (0800 424 990).

Wairoa Landfill & Recycling Centre

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

(06) 838 8456 or 0800 424 990

  • Eftpos is available at the Wairoa Landfill.

Landfill hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 8am to 2pm
    • Except ANZAC Day - open from 1pm to 5pm
    • Closed 25/26 December, 1 January, 2 January, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Waste Management Fees

Waste Management Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

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$70.00 
Green Waste (Per Tonne)$110.00 
Min. weight 25kg$3.00 
Other Waste (Per Tonne)$210.00 
Min. weight 25kg$5.50 

Non-Weighed Rates Fee (incl GST)
Clean Green Waste
Clean Green Waste$2.50 
Clean Green Waste (Car)$11.00 
Clean Green Waste (Small Van Or Trailer)$16.50 
Clean Green Waste (Car & Trailer)$22.00 
Commercial Vehicles (Trucks) As Assessed By Attendant 
Unsorted Waste$0.00 
Unsorted Waste (Per 40 Litre Bag)$5.50 
Unsorted Waste (Car)$22.00 
Unsorted Waste (Small Van Or Trailer) $33.00 
Unsorted Waste (Car & Trailer)$66.00 
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$13.00 
Truck Tyres$23.00 
Burial Of Asbestos
Note: We are currently NOT accepting any asbestos to the Wairoa landfill.
Asbestos from sites within Wairoa District charged Admin Fee plus prevailing weighbridge rate for general refuseAdmin Fee + Weighbridge Rate 
Administration Fee (all Asbestos transactions)$175.00 
Weighbridge Charges for Out of District Asbestos Waste (per tonne)$485.00 


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309


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