Rubbish, Recycling and Waste


​​​​​​​​​Rubbish and recycling collections are carried out by private contractors on a pre-paid basis. Please note this is not a Council run service.

*Changes to kerbside mixed glass collection took place from March 2018. Talk to your rubbish contractor for more information, or read ​more about these changes here​.​*

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 and their contact details can be found here

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).

See the Tauranga City Council website for more i​nformation on transfer stations in the Tauranga area, and the Hauraki District Council website for the Waihi transfer station.

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.

Please note: It is illegal to leave any pre-paid rubbish bags at lay-by areas, intersections or at the end of rural roads. 

If you do so you are in breach of Council’s Wa​ste Bylaw​ that prohibits waste being placed anywhere except directly outside the property from where it originates i.e. by your letterbox.  

Waste Operators Licence Application form

To undertake waste collection activities within the Western Bay District, please complete this application form.

Licensed waste collectors

Independent contractors are licenced by council to offer kerbside and door to door collection services. 





​Garden Waste

​JJ Richards &Sons Ltd                  

​07 571 3000




​Kleana BinsLtd 

​07 576 6171       




​Katikati Bin Hire

07 549 2933



​Waste MangementLtd (Including Environmental Green Bins - EGB)07 543 1098       ​Yes​Yes​​Yes

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
Please ensure rubbish is put out for collection no later than 7.30am on the allocated day only.

If you are in an area where kerbside collection is not available, please make your own arrangements with a private contractor for a door-to-door service. 

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.

  • Flattened Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Steel cans
  • Aluminium cans
  • Glass bottles and jars - please no 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
  • Used motor oil
  • Whiteware (fee applies, see below)

Please note:

  • Eftpos is currently unavailable at the Omokoroa greenwaste drop-off centre until further notice, cash only. Eftpos is available at all other centres.​
'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. 

Normal Opening Hours​​

Athenree: 64 Steele Road, Athenree
Thursday: 1pm - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 12pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

Katikati: Corner Tetley/Wills Road
Thursday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: 9am - 12pm

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

Te Puke: 36 Station Road, Te Puke
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 8am - 4pm

Whiteware Fees

A fee applies for whiteware at recycling centres in Te Puke, Katikati and Athenree.

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

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: 30 Apr 2019 2:25pm