Refuse collections, disposal and recycling services

Looking for information about 2020/21 Christmas/New Year rubbish/recycling arrangements?

Note, public holidays over the Christmas/New Year do not impact rubbish/recycling collection dates for South Wairarapa residents. Full holiday arrangments here.

New to South Wairarapa and looking for information about rubbish and recycling services?

Welcome to South Wairarapa! There is a kerbside rubbish and recycling service for ratepayers who pay for the refuse collection charge in their rates. The service is available to:
  • urban residents;
  • some rural residents en route to the transfer station, where it's safe for the truck to stop; and
  • some coastal properties - Te Awaiti/Tora/White Rock (see below).

If you are not paying for and receiving the service, please enquire to see if you can be added. Call 06 306 9611.

Download urban kerbside rubbish and recycling collection calendar July 2020 - June 2021

Rural ratepayers not paying the collection charge in their rates are not entitled to leave rubbish or recycling on the kerbside for collection. Buying the council rubbish bags and/or the recycling crates alone does not entitle customers to kerbside collection. Rural ratepayers can drop recycling off at Transfer Stations/Recycling Centres for free.

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.

More information about the kerbside collection service

Please be sure your rubbish is in Council rubbish bags and on the kerb along with your recycling wheelie bin or crates by 7.30am on your collection day.

Kerbside collection days

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 the first Monday in October until the end of April and fortnightly from the first Monday in May to the end of 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)

Opening hours until 31 Dec 2020:  Wednesday 1.00pm – 3.00pm
                                                   Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
                                                   Sunday 10.00am – 1.00pm

From 1 January 2021:                  Wednesday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
                                                  Saturday:  10.00am – 4.00pm
                                                  Sunday:  10.00am – 4.00pm

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

Agricultural recycling only from 1pm – 3pm 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 only

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 only

Pirinoa Recycling Station 

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

Hours:   Wednesday 1.00pm – 3.00pm
             Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm
             Sunday (May to August) 3.00pm – 5.00pm
             Sunday (September to April) 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Accepts: Recycling and green waste only

Useful links

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

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

South Wairarapa District Council