Rubbish & Recycling

​​​​​​​​​Rubbish collection

Urban rubbish collec​​tion

Whanganui District Council does not operate a waste collection service.

However, there are a number of privately owned and operated waste collection companies. The two main kerbside collection companies are EnviroWaste and Waste Manag​ement.

EnviroWaste offers a wheelie-bin only service. For more information on changes to rubbish collection, read a media release dated 1 December 2017 here.

Waste Management offers a wheelie bin service and rubbish bag collection.

Waste Management wheelie bins and rubbish bags need to be placed at the kerbside no later than 7.00am on the day of collection to ensure they will be picked up. See the map below for the collection day in your area.

Kerbside rubbish bags must have a genuine pre-paid Waste Management sticker attached. See the Waste Management website for more information on bag collection stickers

Refuse bags that do not meet the conditions outlined on the sticker will not be collected. Missed bags should be placed back on the kerbside by 7.00am on the morning of the next collection. Alternatively they can be disposed of at the Liffiton Street Midtown Transfer Station at no extra cost to the bag owner. Waste Management does not operate a missed bag service.

Wheelie bins are available from the private refuse removal companies.

Domestic rubbish bags (without a Waste Management bag sticker) can also be dropped off at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre, 79-83 Maria Place Extension, for $4.00 each (regular rubbish bag) or $6.00 each (large rubbish bag - approx. wheelie-bin size).  


Green/garden and other domestic waste

Green waste can be disposed of at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre and garden waste can be disposed of at the Liffiton Street Refuse Transfer Station which is operated by a private company. Charges apply.

Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre
79 - 83 Maria Place Extension (next to the Fire Station)
Phone: (06) 348 7950 
Monday-Sunday: 9.00am-4.30pm
Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and New Year's Day

Midtown Transfer Station
14 Liffiton Street
Phone: 0800 10 10 10
Monday–Saturday: 8.00am–4.30pm
Sunday: 9.00am–4.00pm
Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day (until 1pm)

You can read about changes to Transfer Station charges on the Waste Management website.

Rural rubbish collection and drop off

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.

This map shows collection days for rubbish pick-up areas in the rural areas. 

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 contact Graeme Paulger,


The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre is a one-stop shop for resource recovery and waste minimisation in the Whanganui District. It opened in August 2013, replacing the Peat Street Recycling Centre.

The Centre is open 24/7 for dropping off glass, plastics, cans, clothing, paper and cardboard.

During normal opening hours, the Centre is open for people to drop off tyres, waste oil, e-waste, whiteware and green waste.

Visit the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre website.

​Waste Minimisation Fund

The Waste Minimisation Act 2010 assists communities and businesses to derive income to help address waste issues. The Act has mandated that a levy be put on waste disposed at all landfills nationally. 50% of the levy is allocated to councils on a pro rata capita basis.

Whanganui District Council has created a Waste Minimisation Fund, using allocated waste levy money, to allocate for waste minimisation purposes within our district.

The fund provides financial assistance, by way of grant, seeding finance or loan, to applicants for waste minimisation initiatives that further Whanganui's waste minimisation goal. The fund has been set up to boost Whanganui's performance in waste minimisation by increasing resource reuse, recovery, recycling and decrease waste to landfill.​

F​or further information please contact Stuart Hylton,  phone (06) 349 0001, or

Page reviewed: 28 Aug 2019 1:21pm