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.

Rural waste services in the Whanganui District are contracted to Waste Management. The rural waste service is under review and as an interim measure, Waste Management’s contract has been rolled over until 31 July 2021. All current rural services will continue until 31 July 2021. 

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.

Kerbside pick-ups

Rural rubbish kerbside pick-ups require Waste Management's yellow stickers (attached to a 60 litre black garbage bag).

Pick-ups from refuse bag collection points

For pick-ups at refuse bag collection points, all refuse must be bagged up, have a yellow Waste Management 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.

You can find the rural collection map here.

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 - Fortnightly
  6. Kauarapaoa - Fortnightly
  7. Kawhaiki - Monthly

Domestic rubbish bags (without a Waste Management 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