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Rubbish and recycling in Matamata-Piako

Kerbside Collection

Your kerbside collection

Every eligible household will have:

  • a blue crate for glass, collected fortnightly
  • a green bin for food scraps, collected weekly
  • a red wheelie bin for rubbish, collected fortnightly
  • a yellow wheelie bin for recycling, collected fortnightly

The kerbside collection days for our district are:

  • Matamata (incl. Waharoa and Walton): Tuesday
  • Morrinsville (incl. Tahuna): Wednesday
  • Te Aroha (incl. Waitoa and Waihou): Thursday

To see which weeks are rubbish, and which are recycling, see our calendar here:

Recycling Calendar

The changes to the kerbside collection service is a massive logistical change affecting over 10,000 properties. A project this big will always have some bumps and issues, and we're here to try and help get those issues sorted. Please be kind to our teams while we're trying to help.

If you need a new bin, or want to report a missed collection, click here:

Kerbside Help Centre

If you would like to learn more about our new kerbside collections, click here:

Kerbside Collection Changes

Click on the tiles below to discover more about the individual bins and how to use them:

Everything you need to know about the glass crate

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Everything you need to know about the new food scraps bin

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Everything you need to know about the new rubbish bin

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Find out more about bin delivery, new collection days and the new and improved kerbside collection service

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Everything you need to know about the recycling bin

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Was your collection missed? Need a new bin? Let us know!

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Other Rubbish and Recycling Information

Transfer stations

Transfer stations are open from 10am to 4pm on selected days:


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


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. 

Hazardous Waste and Oil

Domestic quantities (up to 10 litres) of hazardous waste and oil can be disposed of at our transfer stations for a nominal fee.

Mitre 10 in Matamata or Morrinsville accept any type of household lightbulb for recycling.

Please do not put these items in your recycling bin or refuse bins as they can 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 they are taken directly to our refuse transfer stations.  


Matamata Resene ColorShop will accept old paint and paint containers between 7.30am-5pm (Mon-Fri) and 9am-12pm (Sat).

Selected Resene ColorShops have been designated as Resene PaintWise Collection Centres. Drop off your unwanted paint and paint containers to any of these designated Resene ColorShops at any time during their opening hours.


We now have battery and e-waste collection points at all of our transfer stations. See more details here.

These are safe facilities to recycle any of the following items: batteries, power tools, TVs, computers, cell phones, electronics and small appliances. Please put a piece of clear tape over the +/- ends of the battery and drop in to one of the special collection stations.

These items cannot go in your recycling bin or rubbish bags/bins, because when lithium batteries are put under pressure they can catch fire.

Car batteries can also be disposed of at our transfer stations for a nominal fee.


Soft Plastics

Woolworths Morrinsville and Te Aroha have soft plastics bins that you can use between 7am - 9pm daily. You can see other locations on the Soft Plastic Recycling website here.

Woolworths supports the Packaging Forum's Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme, where soft plastics are collected, recycled, and turned into new plastic products. Future Post turns the soft plastic into fence posts, and Saveboard processes soft plastics into a range of building materials.



Some Mitre 10 stores accept polystyrene and pot plant containers for recycling.

The Matamata, Te Aroha, and Tahuna or Waharoa Little free library will accept some second-hand books and have suggestions for any they can't take.

Nespresso recycle their coffee capsules and give them a second life.

Tetra Pak (liquid paperboard cartons) can be recycled in Paeroa, Hamilton and Tokoroa.