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Kerbside collections 2021

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New council rubbish, recycling and food scraps collections

Recycling bins

Together, we can halve the amount of household waste we send to landfill each year.*

That’s why we’re providing all households with new rubbish, recycling and food scraps bins to use alongside your current kerbside glass recycling crate from 1 July 2021. The service initially will cost $230 for the first year - including the existing charge for the glass recycling service of $37 a year - and be charged in residential rates from 1 July 2021 through a new targeted rate.

Households can also choose to have an additional garden waste collection for an extra $60 (4-weekly collections) or $95 (fortnightly collections) for the first year.  

What kerbside services are being introduced?

Weekly food scraps and fortnightly rubbish and recycling collections will be added to the existing fortnightly glass recycling service. Households can also choose whether they opt into the fortnightly or 4-weekly garden waste collection.

What can go into the bins?

Food scraps bin: All food scraps, raw or cooked, including fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, bones and fish, eggshells and coffee grinds.

Recycling bin: Clean paper, flattened cardboard, plastics 1 & 2 (e.g. milk and soft drink bottles) – as well as food and drink cans (tin, aluminium and steel). Bottles and containers need to be rinsed and without lids. Plastics 3-7 will not be accepted.

Glass recycling crate: Glass bottles and jars only, rinsed and without lids. No broken glass, light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, cookware or drinking glass.

Rubbish bin: This bin is for rubbish that goes straight into landfill, because it can’t go in the food scraps, recycling or glass recycling bins. Excludes garden waste, hot ashes, medical waste, building material, large household items, chemicals and hazardous items.

Opt-in garden waste bin:  All garden waste except flax, bamboo, pampas, flowering gorse, palm trees and cabbage trees.

How can I find out more about the new collections?

If you can’t find the answers to your questions on our website, you can call us on 07 577 7000.

When will I receive my new bins?

We’re rolling out the new bins to kerbsides city wide, during March, April and May 2021. See here for your suburb’s estimated delivery date range.

How do I add garden waste collections?

You can find out more about our garden waste collections, and sign up for the collections that begin in July 2021.

What if I am unable to move my bins to and from the kerbside?

If you are unable to move your bins, you can fill in an assisted service request. Your doctor or healthcare expert must verify your eligibility for this free assisted service and if your request is successful, we will collect your bins from your property.

Kerbside assisted service request

Why is the new service being introduced?

The new service will make reducing household waste easier, more accessible and more affordable for our community, and is expected to halve the amount of waste the average household sends to landfill each year by 2028.

The majority of households will see their current waste disposal costs reduced, while receiving a more comprehensive service – as the service provides a dedicated rubbish, recycling, food scraps and glass recycling collection for the same cost as using one and a half rubbish bags a week today.

Currently, almost 70% of Tauranga’s household waste sent to landfill could be recycled or composted instead. This is a result of our ‘opt-in’ system, where many households are unable, or choose not to take part in recycling or composting. We asked the community as part of the Long-term Plan 2018-28, whether we should introduces rates-funded kerbside collections to help reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill – and 66% of the submissions received were in favour of doing so. After listening to the community and assessing the environmental impacts of the current ‘opt-in’ system, Council made a resolution in 2018 to introduce the new collections. In late 2020, Council confirmed fortnightly rubbish and recycling, weekly food scraps and an optional fortnightly or 4-weekly garden waste collection will be added to the existing fortnightly glass recycling service from 1 July 2021.


*We expect the new service to halve the amount of waste the average household sends to landfill each year by 2028.

Last Reviewed: 04/03/2021


  • March to May 2021
    New bins and collection calendars roll out to the community suburb by suburb
  • 30 June 2021
    Last day of kerbside rubbish bag collection (council bags that are black and yellow or black with pink stickers) 
  • 1 July 2021
    New kerbside collections begin

Your questions answered

Since households will have food scraps and recycling bins, they will produce less rubbish that needs to go to landfill.

You will receive a collection calendar when your new bins are delivered that will let you know when to put each of the bins out. You will also be able to see your household’s collection days on our website closer to the start of the service.

We’ll be rolling out the bins to all households suburb by suburb during March, April and May before collections begin in July. As a result, you may have your bins delivered to your kerbside well in advance of the service starting. See here for your suburb’s estimated delivery date range.

The service will commence on 1 July 2021. If you have an existing waste provider, you will need to contact them if you do not intend to continue to use their services from 1 July 2021. The waste provider will also need to remove their bins. Council’s existing rubbish bag collection service (black and yellow bags or black bags with pink stickers) will stop on 30 June 2021.

The food scraps, rubbish, recycling and glass recycling service will initially cost $230 including GST, for the first year. If households choose to have the opt-in garden waste service, this will cost an additional $60 for 4-weekly collections, or $95 for fortnightly collections including GST for the first year. The cost of the service will be added to residential rates from 1 July 2021.

For the first year, households will be provided with a 140L rubbish bin, a 240L recycling bin and a 23L food scraps bin to add to their existing 45L glass crate. After the first year, households can select from 80L, 140L and 240L bins for rubbish and recycling collections – with smaller bins costing less than larger bins. We learnt from other councils it’s best to roll out the service with the standard size bins for the first year, before introducing the different bin size option/costs.

The opt-in garden waste bin is a 240L bin collected fortnightly or every four weeks.

For the first year, all households will be provided with the standard size and cost bins. After the first year, ratepayers will be able to select from different sized rubbish and recycling bins to suit their particular household’s needs. Any changes in bin size will be reflected in rates charges – with reduced rates for smaller bins and increased rates for larger bins. Final costs for the smaller and larger bin options are still to be confirmed.

Households are not able to opt out of the rates-funded kerbside rubbish, recycling, food scraps and glass collection services ($230 for the first year), but the garden waste service is an optional service.

We have an opt-in system currently with our kerbside collections being largely in the hands of private waste collection companies – and nearly 70% of our household waste that goes to landfill could be composted or recycled instead. In order for the service to make an impact, we need the service to be convenient for all households to take part. Spreading the cost across a centralised, city-wide service in rates also ensures it’s cost effective.

Households are not able to opt out of the food scraps service. Almost 33% of all Tauranga household waste that goes to landfill is food, and the new food scraps collection is our best opportunity to reduce the amount of household waste we are sending to landfill. The food scraps collection also takes things like cooked food, meat, dairy, bones and fish which you normally wouldn’t put into your household compost or worm farm.

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