Recycling dates changed for some households

26/06/2019 11:25 a.m.

​29 June 2019

Waipa District Council has revised recycling days for some Waipā households after the contractor made last minute changes to collection routes.

The new wheelie bin service kicks off on 1 July and will see more than 42,000 wheelie bins replace blue recycling crates across the district. 

Today Waipā’s contractor Metallic Sweeping Ltd apologised for the late changes which will affect around 2,500 households on selected streets in Cambridge north, east of Leamington and on the western side of Te Awamutu. No other areas in the district are impacted. In the rest of the district, the collection dates as already advised still stand.

The change to routes has been made to ensure the right balance of properties per collection day, so the recycling service can be completed as efficiently as possible. Revised collection calendars, including the new dates, have been reprinted by the contractor and are and being dropped off to all 2,500 affected households this week. Collection dates have already been updated on Council’s website at

Group manager service delivery Barry Bergin said the last-minute change was a reasonably minor hiccup in a huge logistical exercise and was made by the contractor to balance the number of properties per collection day.

“It means the service is more efficient and that’s important for everyone.  So while it’s a little annoying, and we regret the inconvenience for those people impacted, in the grand scheme of things this is a reasonably minor issue to deal with.” 

To ensure the first collections go smoothly, he urged all those in impacted areas to check their dates carefully.

“We’ve notified affected properties directly, so if you are in the affected area please check your letterbox. The up-to-date information is already up on Council’s website, but anyone not 100 per cent sure of their collection dates should give our customer support team a call.”

From 1 July blue crates can no longer be used for recycling in Waipā.  Rubbish collection is a different service and will continue to be provided privately with each household choosing what rubbish service to use.

For more information on the new recycling service and to confirm collection days, visit

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