Waste Collection


Rubbish Collection

Official Council rubbish bags can be purchased at Masterton supermarkets, Moore Wilson and the Council office at 161 Queen Street. Place your rubbish bag and recycling bins on the kerbside by 7:30am on your collection day, your collection day is noted on the sticker on the side of the recycling wheelie bin (see the recycling page for more recycling details). 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.

When a public holiday falls on a collection day, collections for the rest of that week will be a day later. Rubbish normally collected on a Friday will be collected on the Saturday.

View a map of rubbish collection areas »

Recycling Collection

The fees for kerbside recycling collection are paid via rates, and Council supplies each urban household with a green or maroon crate for glass and a green wheelie bin with a yellow lid for all other recycling. The Wairarapa’s new service came into effect in 2019 and you can visit the specific recycling website for information on this service. Crates and wheelie bins are put out on alternate weeks, you can find your collection day and week by checking the sticker on the side of your bin and referring to the collection handbook on our recycling page.

Transfer Stations

Masterton District Council’s transfer station is located at 1 Nursery Road and 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 at the transfer station is free but it must be taken to the recycling centre and sorted.




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

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of fires occurring in landfills. Fires can start during working hours and are extinguished immediately, however those that start after hours can have devastating effects and costs. They pose a significant risk to the transfer station, to neighbours and to those fighting to extinguish the fires.

There are three major causes of landfill fires:

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

The increased 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 in landfills. 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.

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 ash, most commonly occurring during winter, are the third major fire starter. Ideally ash should be wet and/or left for a week before disposal.

These items are prohibited from landfill disposal and would ask that you help us exclude these items.


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