Refuse and Recycling Drop-Off Facilities and Portable Compactors

Rubbish in pre-paid, blue Council bags and recycling can be left after-hours at no charge at these four Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) and the two drop-off facilities:

  • Matarangi RTS -101 Matarangi Drive, Matarangi
  • Tairua RTS - 3 Red Bridge Road, Tairua
  • Pauanui RTS- 887 Hikuai Settlement Road, Pauanui
  • Whangamata RTS- 2755 SH25 Waihi-Whangamata, Whangamata
  • Whangapoua drop-off facility - Tangiora Ave in the Whangapoua Beach and Beach Store car park
  • Opito Bay drop-off facility- 350mtrs up Matapaua Bay Road off Black Jack Road

Portable rubbish compactors:

Compactors around the district:

The compactors are solar powered and coin operated ($2 - any combination of coins accepted). Any rubbish of approximately the size of one of our standard blue rubbish bags can be disposed of into the hopper. Other rubbish should either be taken to the nearest Refuse Transfer Station or home for disposal. Please do not use the compactors to dispose of any liquid or hazardous waste which must be taken to the nearest Refuse Transfer Station.

Please do not dump rubbish next to a compactor if you don't have $2 or if the compactor is not working. If it's not working or rubbish has been dumped next to it, contact us on 07 868 0200. 

Please note: Breakdowns sometimes occur due to misuse and vandalism. We ask people to be please use them according to the instructions that are clearly printed on them.

We've wrapped our compactors in eye-catching skins that describe exactly what they are for and how to use them. The sites where they are located are monitored and anyone caught illegally dumping rubbish around them will be fined.

Compactor locations:

  • Thames: At the entrance of the large Rhodes Park 1km south of Thames township. 
  • Kuaotunu Boat Ramp: Also known as Quarry Point Boat Ramp. SH25 opposite 88 Kuaotunu-Wharekaho Rd.
  • Old Coroglen Saleyard site: Immediately south of the SH25 bridge over the Waiwawa River. 1909 SH25 Tairua Whitianga Rd, near the junction with the Tapu Coroglen Rd. This unit has been vandalised and is out of operation until it can be repaired. 
  • Opoutere: Beside the public toilets on the corner of Ohui and Opoutere roads, near the campground. 
  • Port Jackson: Pahi Road, by the cattle yards.

Portable rubbish compactor at Opoutere 23 Dec 2019

Here's what they used to look like:

compactor june 2017

Read more about the compactors here.