Waste collection

Information about collection of household waste.

Continue using your kerbside waste collection service to dispose of waste.

Please 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)

Helpful tips and detailed information on household rubbish and recycling during the COVID-19 response and recovery (external link)

Households with COVID-19 infected waste either confirmed or suspected

You 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, you should still put 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.

Put wet wipes in your rubbish

Please 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 are providing an essential service. They 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 essential workers (external link)

Waste recycling at Alert Level 2

Many districts are returning to normal services under Alert Level 2, however some may not until Alert Level 1. Please 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.

Waste collection at Alert Level 3 and 4

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

Please 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 are free to undertake gardening or other waste-generating activity at home during the Alert Level 3 and 4 period, keep any waste on-site until the Alert Level 3 and 4 period has ended.

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