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Our district is at the Orange setting of the new traffic light system (COVID-19 Protection Framework). Council offices and facilities are open. Please wear face coverings when visiting our facilities.

Rubbish and recycling in Matamata-Piako


During COVID-19 Orange

There may be some delays to kerbside rubbish and recycling collections as Omicron progresses. Please put your rubbish, glass and recycling out as usual, on your usual collection day. Please do not place rubbish bags in your wheelie bin. We will notify you on Facebook and Antenno if collections are significantly delayed. You can check rubbish/recycling days with our calendar or download the Antenno app for location-based alerts and reminders.

Transfer Stations during COVID-19 Orange

At Orange, Refuse Transfer Stations will continue to open their usual days and hours. We are committed to keeping our community safe from COVID-19 and are operating to Government guidelines so please be patient. Before you visit any of our Refuse Transfer Stations please read through the list of guidelines we have in place at Orange.
  • All Refuse Transfer Stations will be open the normal days and normal operating hours.
  • Cash will not be accepted - eftpos and paywave only.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. Anyone not wearing a mask will not be permitted to enter the Refuse Transfer Station.
  • Transfer stations will accept all types of waste (e.g. rubbish, recycling, and green waste).
  • Recycling sorting centres are open at Red – please ensure recyclables are clean so they can be recycled. Please note that face masks cannot be recycled.
  • At this stage, Refuse Transfer Stations do not require My Vaccine Pass.

Transfer Stations

Transfer stations are open from 10am to 4pm on selected days: (operating under COVID-19 Orange Government guidelines)

Matamata - 220b Tauranga Rd, 07 888 5700; Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun

Morrinsville - 168b Roache Rd, 07 889 3401; Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun

Te Aroha - 4277 State Highway 26, Waihou, 07 884 8831; Wed, Fri & Sun

All transfer stations are closed on Good Friday, Anzac Day (from 1pm on ANZAC Day), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and 2 January. To receive notifications on all your collection dates, including changes due to public holidays, download the Antenno App from Google Play or the App Store. 



General information

Normal collection days

Kerbside collections happen on the following days in our district:

  • Thursday: Te Aroha township (rubbish collected weekly, recycling collected in week 2)
  • Friday: Matamata, Waharoa, Walton, Tamihana (rubbish collected weekly, recycling collected in week 2)
  • Friday: Morrinsville, Waihou, Waitoa, Mangateparu, Tahuna (rubbish collected weekly, recycling collected in week 1).

    Map of collection zones

    When there is a long weekend/public holdiay kerbside collections change. We notify you of these changes through our website, email and through the Antenno App. If you would like to receive notifications straight to your phone about kerbside collections each week, you can find out more information here



Unfortunately e-waste recycling services are not yet available in our district with most of our old electronic devices, household batteries, power banks, phones, etc currently ending up in landfill. Central government is working on some nationwide centres but these may be a few years away.

For those who travel out of town, there are some services running in our neighbouring main centres including Recycle It and Tech Collect. At a local level, Mitre 10 accept lightbulbs and pot plant containers while car batteries and domestic quantities (up to 10 litres) of hazardous waste and oil can be disposed of at our transfer stations for a nominal fee.

Please do not put any of these items in your wheelie recycling bin or refuse bag as they can and do cause fires within the collection trucks as the materials are compacted. If you are unable to store these items prior to taking them to the correct recycler we would prefer these are taken directly to our refuse transfer stations.  

Kerbside collection requirements

How to make sure your rubbish is always able to be collected:

To help with the rubbish collection and ensure your rubbish is picked up, please:

  • Place bags and bins on kerbside by 7.30am on your collection day, ensuring they can be easily seen from the road
  • Place your bin at least half a metre from other objects (this is so the wheelie bin truck can empty it)
  • Make sure you use only official Matamata-Piako District Council rubbish bags (10kg max per bag)
  • Make sure your rubbish bag is tied up at the top
  • Make sure your wheelie bin lid is closed
  • Do not put out any broken glass 
  • Do not place your rubbish bag on top of the wheelie bin




Rubbish bag, wheelie bins and glass crates

Matamata-Piako District Council has a weekly rubbish and recycling collection service for 9,250 households and businesses in the district. If you are unsure whether the collection includes your property, phone Customer Services on 0800 746 467.

Your rubbish and recycling collection includes:

  • Your *pink rubbish bags, which are collected weekly. Your rubbish bags are for anything that should go to landfill (so try not to put anything in here that could be recycled).
  • Your green crate (for glass only), which is collected fortnightly
  • Your wheelie bin (for all other approved recyclables including plastic 1, 2 and 5, cans, tins and paper and cardboard) which is also collected fortnightly.

*Our kerbside rubbish bags are now pink and are the same size as the black bags. If you still have black MPDC bags you can continue to use them until they are gone.