​​​​​​​What is refuse?

Refuse is another name for everyday rubbish or waste. Refuse includes sweepings, dust, bones, cold ashes, cartons, packaging and other non-recyclable rubbish from everyday household activities. These things can all go in to your​ rubbish bags and are disposed of in a landfill.

What can’t go in my refuse bags?

  • Hot ashes, garden waste, hedge clippings and hazardous waste
  • Recyclables such as glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard, cans and plastics with recycling symbols 1 or 2​. These should be placed in your recycle bin, not your rubbish bags.  Visit our recycling page for more information.
​Remember to have your rubbish and recycling kerbside by 7.30am on the day of collection.

Be careful with your rubbish and recycling​

Ever wondered if something is safe to recycle or put in the rubbish? If you're asking the question – you've probably got your answer! If you have to be careful with something you're disposing of, the contractors picking it up could probably be injured by it.

Anything dangerou
s, sharp or pointy should be wrapped in newspaper or preferably cardboard before being put out for collection. This includes:
  • Broken glass
  • Needles
  • Skewers
  • Broken plates
  • Gardening equipment
  • Kitchen knives

Please wrap it before you throw it away, and keep our contractors – and yourselves – safe!

At the kerbside

  • Please place your refuse and recycling at the kerb by 7.30am
  • A $1.50 orange sticker must be adhered to every rubbish bag (60L maximum)
  • There is no limit to the number of rubbish bags you can put out at the kerb, as long as the bags used are not bigger than 60 litres
  • Two grocery bags tied together will be accepted with half an orange sticker
  • Refuse stickers are available to buy in numerous outlets in the Taupo District.
  • If refuse bags or recyclable items are placed out for removal and do not, for any reason, comply with what is allowed,  the contractor shall apply a sticker stating the non-compliance.

Landfills and public bins

Additional information

Refuse charges and opening times at Broadlands Road Resource Recovery Park and District Transfer Stations


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Page reviewed: 14 Jan 2019 2:54pm