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Rubbish & Recycling


Collection DaysNgā rā kohi para

Council provides a general rubbish collection service, paid for through rates and the purchase of official orange rubbish bags, and a recycling service, paid for through rates. Some commonly asked questions about the service are answered on this page.

When do I put my rubbish and recycling out?

The when and how . . .

To find out when you should put your rubbish and recycling out for Council collection, enter your address below:

Public holidays

There is no change to Council's rubbish and recycling collections on public holidays.

Missed collection

If your rubbish or recycling has not been collected and does not have a rejection sticker, or the reason for the rejection is not clear, please contact the appropriate contractor.

  • General rubbish: Waste Management
    0800 101010
  • Recycling: Green Sky
    0800 229732


Your household rubbish must be in an official Hastings District Council orange bag (sold at these outlets); be at the kerb by 7.30am on your collection day, each bag must not weigh more than 10 kilos, and not include any of the following items:

  • Garden (green) waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Industrial, commercial or trade waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Liquid waste


Your clean recycling must be sorted into suitable bins. Recycling needs to be at the kerb by 7.30am on your collection day and be sorted into the following categories:

  • Plastics (bottles stamped 1 and 2), and tin and aluminium cans
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars

Please do make sure the recycling is clean: bottles, jars, plastics and tins emptied and rinsed. Dirty recycling risks whole batches of product not being able to be recycled and ending up in the landfill.

If it is windy please tie cardboard and paper into a bundle, and sit it on top of your plastic recycling – no-one likes to see recycling blowing down the streets.

Our contractors will leave rubbish containing banned items and unsorted and dirty recycling at the kerb, marked with a rejection sticker.

For much more on recycling see our dedicated recycling page.


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