Waste collection

Information about collection of household waste.

Waste collection will occur at all Alert Levels. Continue using your kerbside waste collection service to dispose of waste.

Check your local council or private collector website and its social media platform regularly for updates on kerbside collection dates and recycling arrangements.

Local Government New Zealand lists website details of all councils (external link)

Households with COVID-19 waste — confirmed or suspected

You legally must put contaminated waste items such as tissues or wet wipes into a separate tied or sealed bag before putting that bag into the general household waste bag or bin.

If you do not have a kerbside service, we recommend still putting all infected waste in a separate tied or sealed bag before putting that bag into a general household waste bag. Check your local council website for further guidance on disposal options in your area.

How to dispose of face coverings or masks

Put your disposable face covering or mask in a closed lidded bin, or put into a bag and seal it before putting into a rubbish bin or taking it home.

After disposing of your face covering or mask, thoroughly wash and dry your hands. If you prefer, use hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Do not re-use or try to disinfect single-use disposable face coverings or masks.

Put wet wipes in your rubbish

Do not flush wet wipes down the toilet, as they can cause a breakdown of our wastewater and sewerage system. Instead, put them into your household rubbish.

Waste handling and kerbside collection workers

Waste handling and kerbside collection workers will get the appropriate protection equipment from their employers to ensure their personal safety.

Please do not approach workers engaged in waste handling or collection services.

Information about personal protective equipment for non-health workers (external link)

Waste recycling at Alert Level 1

Most districts will be operating their usual recycling services at Alert Level 1. Check your local council or private collector website and social media platform regularly for updates on recycling arrangements and kerbside collection dates in your area.  

Local Government New Zealand lists website details of all councils (external link) 

Waste recycling at Alert Level 2

Check your local council or private collector website and social media platform regularly for updates on recycling arrangements and kerbside collection dates in your area.

Local Government New Zealand lists website details of all councils (external link)

Waste collection at Alert Level 3

Municipal landfills and most waste transfer stations will be open. Some waste transfer stations may allow limited access to the public. Check your local council website for more information before visiting.

Check council websites for public recycling facility arrangements in your area.

Local Government New Zealand lists website details of all councils (external link)

While you can undertake gardening or other waste-generating activity at home at Alert Level 3, keep any waste on-site until the Alert Level 3 period has ended.

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