Council provides services for residents to dispose of, recycle or reuse discarded materials from households or small commercial activities.
Council has encompassed a philosophy of reducing the amount of waste going to Landfills for disposal through encouraging residents to:
To encourage residents to minimise their production of waste, Council's waste disposal (refuse) services operate on a 'user pays' basis, where the greater the quantity of refuse you produce, the more you will pay to dispose of it.
Other alternative options for discarded materials (such as recycling) are, however, offered free of charge.
Check out our Waste Management & Minimisation Plan for more information.
A weekly 'kerbside' collection system for recyclable materials and refuse in official bags is provided in the Otorohanga, Kawhia, and Aotea communities.
Any materials intended for collection should be placed on the kerbside by 8.00am on that day.
When a public holiday falls on a collection day, the collection will generally be carried out on the day after the normal, scheduled day.
Refuse will only be collected if it is presented in official refuse bags, which can be purchased from local stores. There is a 15kg maximum weight limit for rubbish put in these bags.
The price of these bags includes the costs associated with the collection, transport, and disposal of the waste placed in these bags.
The following recyclable materials will be collected:
All materials for recycling should be placed in the official plastic recycling containers available for purchase from the Otorohanga Recycling Centre. For more information on rubbish and recycling collections click here. [PDF 136 KB]
Attended recycling centres are operated in:
Recyclables can be dropped off, free of charge.
Green (plant) waste (excluding noxious weeds or unmanageable material, such as flax) is also accepted on a charged basis at both centres.
The Ōtorohanga and Kāwhia Recycling Centres also accept refuse on a charged basis.
For more information on charged services at the recycling centres, please visit this page: Refuse and Recycling - Fees and Charges.
Wednesday: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Statutory Holidays, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
There may also be extended opening times during the Christmas / New Year holiday period. For details phone Council (07) 873 4000 or Envirowaste 0800 240 120.
Friday to Wednesday: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Statutory Holidays, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Council has recycling services available to rural areas of the District through the establishment of unattended rural recycling centres at some rural schools.
Currently, there are facilities at:
These are small recycling-only facilities for the benefit of the community. They rely on community support for their care and management.
These facilities accept the same range of materials as that taken by the urban kerbside service.
A landfill in Te Kuiti is available for larger quantities of refuse.
Local contractors also provide private refuse and recycling services.
If you must dispose of a large quantity of refuse, these services are likely to be more cost-effective than the services provided by Council.