Waste Collection


Rubbish Collection

The fees for kerbside recycling collection are paid via rates, and Council supplies each urban household with a green bin and a maroon recycling bin. Official Council rubbish bags can be purchased at Masterton supermarkets, Moore Wilson, and the Council office at 161 Queen Street.

Collection Times

Place your rubbish bag, and recycling bins on the kerbside by 7:30am on your collection day.

Official rubbish bags and recycling  will be collected between the hours of 7:30am and 4:30pm. If your bin has not been collected by 4:30pm on your given day of collection, please contact Customer Services on 06 370 6300.

There are no collections on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. All other days, including public holidays, there are collections as usual.


Castlepoint Monday
Riversdale Monday
Tinui Monday
Masterton West Tuesday
Masterton South Wednesday
Masterton North Thursday
Masterton East & CBD Friday


View a map of rubbish collection areas.

Recycling Collection

Please place all your glass bottles and jars, tins, cans and grades 1 to 7 plastics in your green recycling bin, and place all other recyclables (paper, cardboard, textiles) in your maroon recycling bin. Recyclables will only be collected if they are inside the bin. Residents are responsible for the upkeep of their recycling bins. Replacement recycling bins can be purchased from the Council office at 161 Queen Street, Masterton, at a cost of $20 each.

Each property is allowed to put maximum of two bins of recycling out each week for kerbside collection, any additional recycling can be put out in the following weeks for collection or taken to transfer station for free disposal. Only recycling in the official recycling bins will be collected. New recycling wheelie bins are being rolled out over May and June, these will come with a booklet that explains how the new system will work but if you have any questions in the meantime you can find the answers to lots of the most commonly asked questions on our recycling page.

Transfer Stations


Masterton District Council’s Nursery Road transfer station accepts household and commercial general waste. It also accepts hazardous waste such as paints, chemicals, vehicle batteries, gas bottles and e-waste in small quantities (not commercial quantities) free of charge.

This waste needs to be separated from landfill and residents should let operators in the kiosk know they have hazardous waste when they arrive at the transfer station.

All recycling is FREE but you must take it to the recycling centre.





09:00am – 12:00am

11:00am – 03:00pm




Sunday in Dec, Jan & Feb

1:30pm – 4:30pm

1:30pm – 4:30pm

1:30pm – 7:30pm


Phone: 06 377 5624

Monday to Friday


Sunday + Public Holidays

Anzac Day

7:30am – 4:30pm

8:30am – 4:30pm

10:00am – 4:00pm

01:00pm – 4:30pm


The Masterton Transfer Station is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.

Contact the Masterton Transfer Station on 06 377 5624.

Reducing your Waste

Our ability to look after our natural environment has a lot to do with reducing our waste. Take a look at our waste reduction page for more information on how you can contribute.

Avoid landfills

A landfill is land where rubbish (solid waste) is compacted and buried. It should be designed and managed so that no liquid or gas can escape and harm our environment. They cost a lot of money to build and maintain.

After Council has recycled, reprocessed or re-used as much of our waste as possible, what’s left is disposed of in a landfill. By reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, we reduce the haulage and disposal costs.

Prohibited Items Causing Landfill Fires

The last 2 years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of fires occurring on landfills. These fires often start during working hours and are extinguished immediately, however those that start after hours get involved quickly and can have devastating effects and costs. They pose a significant risk to the continued operation of our business, potentially to neighbours, and to those fighting to extinguish these fires on any landfill.

There are three major causes of landfill fires:

  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries
  • Discarded Emergency Flares
  • Hot Ashes

The dramatic increase in the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, gaming and other mobile devices has led to a significant increase in the number of fires occurring at our landfill facilities. When these lithium ion batteries are ruptured they can explode or the thermal reaction, that occurs when exposed to oxygen, starts fires within the adjacent waste. Many Councils offer free battery disposal.

Emergency Flares, most often used by boat users, are frequently discarded when they pass their ‘Expiry Date’. These devices are explosive and contain chemicals that are highly reactive setting alight adjacent refuse when activated, usually by crushing.

Hot Ashes, most commonly occurring during winter, are the third major fire starter. Ideally ashes should have been wetted and/or left for a week before disposal.

Midwest Disposals (regarding Bonny Glenn), would like to remind you that these items are prohibited from landfill disposal and would ask that you assist us directly to exclude these items, or by signage and screening of your own customers. Fires due to these or other items could cause significant business disruption to yours, or our facility. 



I need another crate, how do I get one? 

These are available from the council office at 161 Queen Street, Masterton, at $20 each.

Do I need to separate my recyclables?

No, but you’ll have to clean all bottles, jars, and flatten paper/cardboard.

What is the sticker I found on my recycling  bin and rubbish bag?

If you place any non-recyclable items or place too much (i.e. over the full bin) recycling in your recycling bin, you may see a sticker being placed on your recycling bin. The sticker will indicate the reason why you have received it.

What do I do with my paper and cardboard boxes?

Flatten your cardboard, and fold your paper. You may wish to put the paper in a paper/plastic bag to avoid it getting wet in the rain or blown away by wind.

What plastics can I recycle?

All plastics with a triangle recycling symbol numbered 1–7.

Can I recycle plastic bags?

Not in the kerbside collection. However, you can drop them off at the transfer stations. It is better to keep them for uses such as to bag your recycling papers.

Can I recycle my unwanted electronic waste? (computer screens, old computer components, etc)

Not at the kerbside, these items can be taken to transfer stations free of charge. If they are still functional then you could also consider donating them to the Wairarapa Resource Centre.