Kerbside recycling and refuse collection changes

​​​​​​​​​​Council has changed the urban kerbside refuse and recycling collection service to stop dog strike, allow for increased recycling capacity, and decrease the need for non-recyclable single use supermarket bags.

All properties on the urban kerbside collection service have been allocated new recycling crates and a 45L wheeled refuse bin.​


Council has moved to a more efficient four crate system for recycling, and a 45L wheeled bin for residual refuse. The service has switched to two recyclables collected per week. Paper and tin one week and glass and plastic the next. Full information on how the new system works, including conditions of service, is included with the crates and bin and is also available on our Urban Collection​ page. 

Residents can start using the new crates and bin now

The new service started Tuesday 2 July 2019.

If residents have their new recycling crates and refuse bin they can start using them now.

Residents can also continue to use any left over black council refuse bags. They can also use them to take waste to the Opotiki Resource Recovery Centre at no charge.

Our contractor has now finished deliveries

If residents weren’t home when our contractor tried to deliver the crates and bin they will have left a flyer with instructions on how to collect instead. As the collection point at Moody Place carpark is now closed you will need to call our contractor directly if you still need to collect your crates/bin. PH Trevor on 029 772 1187.​​

Why it's important you care for your new crates and bin

Once you have signed for the new crates and bin, you are responsible for them.

You'll need to make sure your recycling and refuse is put out correctly using the right crates (according to what is being collected that week) and the bin, otherwise it won't be collected.​

We're sure you don't want to have to pay for replacement crates and bins, so we advise you to look after them. You may want to write or paint your address on them – you could use some form of permanent marker or white paint etc.

The crates and bin are allocated to the property, so if you move to a new house you need to leave them behind.

​Do not remove the number on your crates and bin

​These are unique identifiers based on the address of the property the crates and bin have been allocated to. Failure to display the unique bin number may result in your waste not being collected.​ Please take a record in case it gets worn off.

For information on how the system works please see our Urban Collection page​.

How to get more information or help with the system

Council is keen to receive feedback and provide answers to your questions. The collection changes frequently asked questions page​ will be updated regularly and you can send feedback by email to info@odc.govt.nz, PM us on Facebook​, use the Antenno ​app or phone 07 3153030.​​

Page reviewed: 02 Jul 2020 3:54pm