Waste Collection

Rubbish CollectionTransfer Stations
Recycling CollectionReducing Your Waste


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
Tinui Monday
Masterton West Tuesday
Masterton SouthWednesday
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.

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Transfer Stations


The transfer stations only take household and commercial general waste. Please check with the site operator about other waste. 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


Masterton District Council prides itself as being clean and green. The Council is committed to recycling and reusing as much of our waste as possible and ultimately reducing the amount we send to landfill.

By reducing your rubbish you can:

  • Reduce demands on natural resources.
  • Reduce the amount of material disposed in landfills.
  • Reduce disposal costs for the Council and ratepayers.
  • Save money on weekly grocery bills (products with less packaging cost less).
  • Use products you’ve recycled yourself, such as compost and paper, instead of buying them.

Some easy steps to reduce your rubbish

The following steps can dramatically reduce what ends up in your rubbish bag each week:

  • Buy products that use less packaging (economy size, refills or concentrates).
  • Buy products packaged in recyclable material, such as paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, tin or plastic containers – not plastic film.
  • Avoid or reduce the use of disposables (razors, pens, plates and cups).
  • When buying only one or two items, tell retailers “No bag please” and bring your own cloth bags to the supermarket for groceries.
  • Buy products with recycled content in them — this means fewer natural resources are used, and there is less waste produced in the long run.
  • Re-use boxes and jars for storage, and keep wrapping paper and ribbons for future use.
  • Think before you throw something away — donate re-usable toys, books and clothing to charities or your local ‘Op Shop’.
  • Take old appliances, furniture and bikes to a second-hand shop rather than the transfer station.
  • If you have a garden, you can compost your grass clippings and tree prunings as well as fruit and vegetable scraps.


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.

Reducing Food Waste

The average household throws out 79 kilos of food a year, in Masterton alone that’s 751 tonnes…equivalent to one and a half A380 jumbo jets! This adds up to a staggering cost of $872 million for the whole country and Masterton contributes approximately $5.3 million towards this.

Masterton District Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit the Love Food Hate Waste NZ website.


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.