Refuse collections, disposal and recycling services

Recycling/Refuse residential kerbside collection

This kerbside service is for Ratepayers (mainly urban) who pay a refuse collection charge in their Rates.  Rural Ratepayers not paying a collection charge in their Rates are not entitled to use the kerbside service.

Official Council collection rubbish bags can be purchased from the Council Office in Martinborough, our Service Centres at the Featherston and Greytown Libraries, or local supermarkets.

Domestic Recycling Brochure
Commercial Recycling Brochure
Love Food Hate Waste - Tips and Tricks for Reducing Food Waste

Please be sure your refuse is in Council rubbish bags and on the kerb along with your recycling bins by 7.30am on your collection day:

Monday Pirinoa
Monday Te Awaiti/Tora/White Rock
(*conditions apply)
Tuesday Greytown
Wednesday Martinborough
Thursday Featherston
*Te Awaiti/Tora/White Rock collection is available only for those residents who pay for the service on their rates.  The service operates weekly from September to May and fortnightly from 6 May to September.

Transfer Stations
Council has four transfer stations to help you recycle unwanted materials.  Only Martinborough station will accept recycling, green waste, e-waste AND general refuse. Dropping off general recycling is free, but there are charges to process green waste and refuse. 

Please note: Green waste does not include: flax, bamboo, cabbage tree leaves and ginger root which are not compostable as due to their fibrous and waxy nature they can’t be chopped up in machines and processed. These can only be disposed of as general refuse.

Prohibited items due to fire risk:  Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, discarded emergency flares, hot ashes.


Martinborough Transfer Station

Lake Ferry Road, Martinborough
(1.8 km southwest of Martinborough)

Hours:    Wednesday 1.00pm – 3.00pm
              Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
              Sunday 10.00am – 1.00pm

Accepts: Refuse, recycling, green waste and e-waste.

Agricultural recycling only from 10am – 2pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Any items for the transfer station refer to opening times above.

Disposal of e-waste at Martinborough is free

With the aim of reducing e-waste going to landfill and recovering valuable electronic materials, electronic waste can be disposed of free of charge, at Martinborough transfer station. Note that disposal of damaged or disassembled goods will incur a cost.

Greytown Recycling Station

32 Cotter Street, Greytown

Hours:    Tuesday 1.00pm – 3.30pm
              Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm
              Sunday 10.00am – 1.00pm

Accepts: Recycling and green waste

Featherston Recycling Station

60 Johnston Street, Featherston

Hours:    Thursday 11.00am – 3.00pm
              Saturday 11.00am – 3.00pm
              Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm

Accepts: Recycling and green waste

Pirinoa Recycling Station

3031 Lake Ferry Road, Featherston
(Opposite Warren’s Road)

Hours:   Wednesday 1.00pm – 3.00pm
             Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm
             Sunday 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Accepts: Recycling and green waste


Schedule of fees & charges
Waste Minimisation Education Strategy
Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
Inorganic Collections
Agricultural Container Recycling

South Wairarapa District Council