Tauranga has a user pays waste system. Rubbish collections, composting and the two transfer stations are all operated by private contractors and funded through user charges.
Litter collection and street cleaning is managed by the council and funded from rates. Waste minimisation programmes are funded by the national waste levy.
Waste from Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council areas gets transported to the Waikato region and disposed of at consented landfills. Even though these landfills are constructed and operated to international environmental standards, they are poor long term solutions for the planet and for public health.