Rural rubbish collection and drop-off

The rural rubbish collection service is a combination of kerbside collections and pick-ups from rubbish bag collection points and site bins where rubbish can be dropped off.

Changes to rural rubbish bag stickers

The Waste Management green stickers used for inner rural area rubbish bag collection expired on 1 August 2021.

LOW COST BINS is continuing a bag collection service with their WHITE STICKERS from 1 August – these white stickers are available from local supermarkets and dairies.

For inner rural areas on the existing bag collection routes, place your rubbish bags out as before but please remember to use a white sticker. The same applies for pick-ups at rubbish bag collection points. All refuse must be bagged up, have a white sticker attached and be compliant with the conditions outlined on the sticker.

Please remember that rubbish bags displaying white stickers need to be placed on kerbsides or at bag collection points within the inner rural area no later than 7.00am on the day of collection to ensure pick-up. LOW COST BINS offer both a rural rubbish bag and wheelie bin collection service. 

Visit Low Cost Bins for more information on where to buy rubbish bag stickers or to order a wheelie bin.

Rural kerbside rubbish collections

The rural rubbish collection service is a combination of:

  • kerbside pick-ups
  • pick-ups from refuse bag collection points and
  • rural refuse sites where rubbish can be dropped-off.

Check out our map of rural collection points(PDF, 2MB).

Kerbside pick-ups

Rural rubbish kerbside pick-ups require Low Cost Bins stickers (attached to a rubbish bag that complies with the information on the sticker).

Pick-ups from refuse bag collection points

For pick-ups at refuse bag collection points, all refuse must be bagged up, have a Low Cost Bins sticker attached and be compliant with the conditions outlined on the sticker. 

Refuse bags and bins must be placed on the kerbside, or where applicable at the bag collection point, no later than 7.00am on the day of collection to ensure they will be picked up.

Rural refuse sites

Waste Management collects waste from 13 pickup points within the district.

Sites are a mix of weekly and fortnightly pick-ups. These sites are for the deposit of normal household/domestic waste by locals: no animal, toxic or commercial waste is allowed.

Sites of bins and service frequency:

  1. Whanganui River Road
    • Parakino – fortnightly
    • Atene – fortnightly
    • Koroniti – fortnightly
    • Matahiwi – fortnightly
    • Ranana – fortnightly
    • Jeruselum – fortnightly
    • Pipiriki – fortnightly
  2. Parihauhau – weekly
  3. Tehue – weekly
  4. Mangamahu – fortnightly
  5. Ngaturi – weekly
  6. Kauarapaoa – weekly
  7. Kaiwhaiki – monthly

Domestic rubbish bags (without a Low Cost Bins sticker) can also be dropped off at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre, 79-83 Maria Place Extension. Charges apply ($4.00 each for a regular rubbish bag and $6.00 each for a large rubbish bag).  

For more information on rural rubbish collection, please email Graeme Paulger at