Rubbish, Recycling and Waste


Rubbish and recycling collections are carried out by private contractors on a pre-paid basis.  It's important to note that this is not a Council run service.

Please check with your contractor if they provide kerbside collection at your address.  If they do, you can arrange for a 'wheelie bin' or buy a pre-paid collection bag from supermarkets, dairies or service stations.  A list of current contractors can be found here.  Please ensure rubbish is put out for collection no later than 7.30am on the allocated day only.

We don't operate any transfer stations (rubbish dumps/tips) in the Western Bay.  Transfer stations are available at Maleme Street, Greerton (Tauranga), Truman Lane, Te Maunga (Mount Maunganui) and Dean Crescent (Waihi).

For more information on Transfer stations in the Tauranga area - see here.

Waste Operators Licence Application form

To undertake waste collection activities within the Western Bay district, please complete the application form here.

Collection Days

  • MONDAY: Waihi Beach, Tahawai
  • TUESDAY: Maketu, Paengaroa, Pongakawa, Upper Papamoa, Pukehina
  • WEDNESDAY: Te Puna, Minden, Omokoroa, Kaimai
  • THURSDAY: Te Puke, Rangiuru, Oropi, Pyes Pa
  • FRIDAY: Katikati, Aongatete

Christmas Collection Days

Please visit Greenbin's website for all information about the Christmas period kerbside collection days.

If you have any questions about rubbish collections please call:

If your bin is not emptied or bag not collected by 6.00pm on collection day, we'd be grateful if you could take them back inside your property and contact the contractor to collect.

If you have questions about private recycling collection please contact:

If you are not in an area where kerbside collection is available please make your own arrangements with a private contractor for a door-to-door service.  Many rural roads in the Western Bay fall into this category.

Please look in the Yellow Pages for licensed waste contractors who provide rubbish bin/drum drop and pick up services or visit the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's online waste and recycling directory at

Community Recycling and Greenwaste Centres

We operate community centres at Katikati, Athenree, Omokoroa (greenwaste only) and Te Puke.

You can take the following clean and empty recyclables to any of the centres free of charge.

  • Aerosol cans

  • Flattened Cardboard

  • Paper

  • Steel cans

  • Aluminium cans

  • Glass bottles and jars - please don't broken windows, drinking glasses or ceramics

  • Plastics, Number 1 and 2 Only

  • Fluorescent light bulbs

  • Batteries - all kinds e.g. vehicle and dry cell

  • Scrap metal - ferrous and non-ferrous

  • Whiteware

  • Used motor oil.

please Note: 

'Number 1' (soft drink bottles) and 'Number 2' (milk bottle) type plastics are accepted. You can check the recycling symbol on the bottom of the container for the number.
Please remove lids and rinse containers.

Only glass bottles and jars that have contained a food or beverage are accepted.

All centres accept greenwaste, however they do not accept flax, pampas, bamboo, gorse or palms. (These are treated as normal refuse and not accepted at the recycling centres)

Greenwaste stem diameter must be no thicker than 100mm and the length no longer than three metres. 

Opening Hours

Eftpos is available at all centres.

Athenree: 64 Steele Road, Athenree
Thursday: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12 noon
Sunday: 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Katikati: Corner Tetley/Wills Road
Thursday: 9.00am - 12 noon
Saturday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am - 12 noon

Omokoroa Greenwaste (collection only site): 336 Omokoroa Road
Wednesday and Saturday: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Te Puke: 36 Station Road, Te Puke
Tuesday: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Thursday: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Saturday: 8.00am - 4.00pm

(Please note that all centres are closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday).


A small fee is being introduced for disposing of whiteware at recycling centres in Te Puke, Katikati and Athenree from 1 July, 2017.

Large whiteware items, such as fridges, washing machines, driers and stoves, will cost $10 to dispose of. Smaller whiteware items, such as microwaves and benchtop ovens, will cost $5.

Why? The cost for scrap metal is low and metal recyclers are struggling.

Council gets less return for the whiteware items. Many people are also removing the valuable parts from their whiteware and dropping off the remains – which we must dispose of at a cost.

We are introducing the fee to drop off whiteware so we can cover the cost of disposal and prevent recycling centres from becoming a tip area for unwanted items of no value.

Greenwaste Fees

​​Bagged up to 50 litres (minimum charge)


Bagged from 51 to 250 litres


Bagged from 251 to 500 litres


Loose greenwaste* charged per m3


* Loose greenwaste charge is determined by operator measuring the load.

Please see diagram attached Important information about your greenwaste.

Hazardous Waste - Domestic Quantities (up to 30kg or litres)

Small quantities of household hazardous waste will be accepted the Katikati, Athenree and Te Puke centres. All waste must be accompanied by a completed household hazardous waste declaration form.  


If you see a hazardous substance spill or are responsible for a spill, please phone the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Pollution Hotline on 0800 738 393.

Page reviewed: 07 Jul 2017 11:28am