​​​​​​​​​​Collection day

Urban recycling is collected weekly in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Pirongia, Ohaupo, Ngahinapouri, Rukahia and Karapiro. Rural recycling is collected fortnightly. 

Find out your collection day using the Collection Day Finder.

Please ensure your recycling is on the kerbside by 7am on your collection day.

Holiday collections

If your collection day falls on a public holiday, generally the collection will run one day later. Take a look at the holiday recycling collection schedule for further details. ​​

Recycling gu​idelines & tips

​Flatten cardboard and make sure it is smaller than the base of your crate.​

Crush your recycling to make more room in your bin! Place bigger and heavier items on top to stop it blowing off down the street.​

For more info on how to recycle in Waipa, download the Waipa Recycling Guide.​


You can recycle any plastic containers and bottles which have recycling codes 1-7 (the symbol is usually found on the back or underside of containers).​ Keep in mind that plastic bags can't be recycled, so just put your plastic items in the crate, don't bundle them inside plastic bags.

Polystyrene can't be recycled but plastic meat trays with the No. 1 recycling symbol can now be recycled. (Read moreFoodstuffs trials recyclable plastic meat trays.)


​Bundle and secure paper items like newspapers, cardboard, junk mail, pizza boxes and magazines, and place next to your crate.

Remember that wax or plastic coated cartons (like Tetra Pak cartons and cardboard juice or milk cartons) cannot be recycled.​


Glass items must be inside a Waipa District Council crate, stacked no higher than the edge of the bin, otherwise they will not be collected.

Please only include whole bottles or jars. Broken glass, mirrors or lightbulbs should be carefully disposed of in your rubbish, not recycling.

Overloaded crates

Use the top ​edge of the crate as a guide when filling. Items stacked above this will have your ​crate rejected. You can visit your local transfer station​ for additional or bulk recycling.

If you regularly have an overload of recycling, you can purchase additional crates at Council offices for $22.50.​ Damaged crates can be replaced free of charge, just bring your damaged bin into the Council offices to exchange it.

​Recycling contractors

The kerbside recycling service we provide throughout the district is paid for via rates. 

Smart Environmental​ are our current recycling providers and the service is available to residential properties subject to rates. 

Page reviewed: 20 Feb 2018 2:27pm