Refuse and recycling

Waikato District Council provides a refuse and recycling collection service to over 15,000 houses each week!

The cost of providing a weekly recycle service is charged through your rates. To find out if you get the refuse and recycling service please call your local Council office.

Things you need to know

  • Where available, your refuse and recycling collection will be the same day each week
  • Refuse bags and recycle bins must be out on the kerbside by 7.30am
  • You can put out a maximum of two bags of rubbish per household
  • Prepaid areas, Raglan and ex Franklin areas, can put out any number of bags
  • Where the collection is not prepaid please use black plastic rubbish bags, farm fertiliser bags or supermarket plastic bags tied securely 
  • A bag must not weigh more than 20kg.
  •  Refuse collection is usually not provided on statutory (public) holidays. If your refuse collection day falls on a statutory holiday, collection will be one day later. All other collections for the rest of the week will also be one day later. Friday collections will be made on Saturday.
  • Xtreme Waste provides a prepaid refuse bag collection in Raglan. Standard 60 litre bags cost $2.50 each and smaller 35 litre bags cost $1.50 each. The bags are available from Raglan BP petrol station, Raglan 4 Square store, Foodmarket (Wainui Road), Te Uku store, Xtreme Waste and the Council’s Raglan office. $41 for 1m3 drop-off refuse
  • In Tuakau, residents have a wheelie bin service. In other Franklin areas residents must purchase prepaid bags (please note all collection services in the former Franklin part of the Waikato district are the same as they were under the former Franklin District Council)
  • All bottles or jars must go into the recycle bin - bottles left in cardboard boxes will not be collected as these boxes fall apart when wet and collection staff have been injured by broken bottles
  •  Rubbish Collection day map - this shows where the different types of collections start and stop (prepaid bags etc).

Refuse collection days


Awaroa (Waiuku urban), Glen Murray, Ngaruawahia Road, Otaua, Raglan West, Rotokauri, Te Kowhai, Whangape, Whatawhata, Whiriwhiri

Tuesday Aka Aka, Glen Afton, Huntly, Pukemiro, parts of Otaua Rd, Rotowaro, Tuakau (wheelie bin), Raglan East, Hakarimata Rd, Brownlee Ave, View Terrace, Thickpenny Ln, Coenen St, Waingaro Rd, Clark Rd

Gordonton, Horotiu, Ngaruawahia, Orini, Taupiri

Thursday Eureka, Matangi, Onewhero, Pokeno, Tamahere,Tuakau (rural)


Maramarua, Mercer, Meremere, River Road, Te Kauwhata, Te Ohaki Road, Warenga Road

Sunday Port Waikato.
  • If your refuse or recycling is not collected please phone Council on 0800 492 452
  • More information on refuse and recycling in Raglan  Xtreme Waste website
  • Want to know what day your rubbish will be collected? Rubbish Collection Day Map


Recycling must be put in a green Council recycling bin.

Not all households receive a refuse and recycling service due to the cost to service remote areas however there are recycling depots in the district that accept recyclable materials at no cost to you.

The cost of providing a weekly refuse/recycle service is charged through your rates.

  • To find out if you get the refuse and recycling service please call your local Council office
  • New recycling bins are available from Council offices in Huntly, Tuakau and Ngaruawahia for $16 each
  • For more information - Recycling information flier

Recycling depots

Waikato district recycling depots are located at:

Raglan Te Hutewai Road (managed by Xtreme Waste)

Phone: 07 825 0017 or 07 825 6509

Huntly McVie Road (managed by Metrowaste Waikato) Phone:  07 828 9719 or 029 201 3971
Te Kauwhata Rata Street (managed by Metrowaste Waikato) Phone:  07 826 3456
Pukekohe Austen Place (managed by Envirowaste) Phone: 09 237 1901
Hoods Landing  In the carpark  
Port Waikato Beside the Surf Club at the point.  

Rural reycling collections:

Onewhero at the Rugby club: Second Saturday of each month

Pukekawa: First Monday of each month

Pokeno: Third Saturday of each month. 

What to recycle:

Sorted glass

  • Metals
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastics coded 1,2 and 5
  • Aluminium and steel cans.

What not to recycle:

  • Supermarket bags, other plastic bags, polystyrene food trays or Tetrapaks, ie juice cartons.

The recycle depots are open at the following times:

   Raglan  Huntly  Te Kauwhata     Pukekohe     
 Monday  8.30am - 4.30pm  7.30am - 4.30pm  CLOSED  7.30am - 4.30pm
 Tuesday  CLOSED  7.30am - 4.30pm  CLOSED   7.30am - 4.30pm
 Wednesday  8.30am - 4.30pm  7.30am - 4.30pm  CLOSED   7.30am - 4.30pm
 Thursday  CLOSED  7.30am - 4.30pm 10.00am - 3.00pm   7.30am - 4.30pm
 Friday  8.30am - 4.30pm  7.30am - 4.30pm  CLOSED   7.30am - 4.30pm
 Saturday  12.30am - 4.30pm  10.00am - 4.00pm  CLOSED   8.30am - 3.30pm
 Sunday  8.30am - 4.30pm  10am - 4pm  11am - 4pm    8.30am - 3.30pm

 For more information on recycling and refuse in Raglan, please see the Xtreme Waste website.