Rubbish & Recycling

Horowhenua District Council operates a solid waste (rubbish) disposal facility for residents through a kerbside collection service, plus the operation of a Landfill, with Waste Transfer Stations in Foxton and Shannon.  A recycling operation is also carried out in conjunction with the kerbside collection or through one of the seven recycling stations located throughout the District.

Kerbside Collection Service

A district-wide kerbside recycling scheme for urban households and high density rural households is in place to reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfills.  Under this scheme each household has one recycling crate in which all recyclable materials can be deposited.

The Government started collecting a waste levy from 1 July 2009 on each tonnage of waste. Half of that money can be reclaimed by councils for waste minimisation schemes.

Rubbish and Recycling Collection Days

  • Monday – Foxton, Foxton Beach, Waitarere Beach, Waikawa Beach.
  • Tuesday – Hokio Beach, Hokio Sands Road, and everything to the west side of Oxford Street, Levin
  • Wednesday – the North-East sector of Levin within the Queen Street and Cambridge Street quadrant.
  • Thursday – the South-East sector of Levin within the Queen Street and Cambridge Street quadrant.
  • Friday – Shannon (including Mangaore Village), Tokomaru (including Karaka Street), Manakau, and Ohau.

Collection Service Details

  • Rubbish bags and recycling should be left out at the kerbside before 7:30am for collection
  • The contents of the crates will be collected every week. Please put your crate out at the kerbside by 7.30am.
  • Rubbish bags may be collected before the crate – there is no need to worry if the recyclables are not collected until later in the day.
  • All households in recycling collection areas will be given a crate but the crate remains the property of the provider.  Residents are asked to keep the crate clean please.
  • If the crate is not big enough for a household or your family’s circumstances you can purchase a second crate for $53.00 per annum.

Due to the density of housing and the isolation of some roads and houses, not all rural roads or the entire length of some rural roads will receive the kerbside services.  State Highways pose too much of a Health and Safety risk to contractors and therefore were not considered for the expanded collection service.  Specific details for the Rural Kerbside Recycling collection days are available on our Rural Kerbside Recycling Collection Days page

Rubbish Bags

The Contractor will only collect official Horowhenua District Council (white plastic) rubbish bags, which are available from Council offices or Supermarkets and some shops.  Please refer to our Fees and Charges page for pricing.

Further information available for downloading

The following information is available in PDF format for downloading:

Guide to Kerbside Rural Recycling (pdf, 302Kb)
Guide to Kerbside Recyling (pdf, 242Kb)
Levin Rubbish and Recycling Collection Map (pdf, 359Kb)

Recycling Stations

Recycling stations are located at most towns in the District where materials may be deposited for recycling.  These are located as follows:

Area Location Hours
Tokomaru Makerua Road, Tokomaru Hall Carpark All hour access
Opiki School Tane Road, Opiki. All hour access
Foxton Beach Seabury Avenue, beside Community Centre. All hour access (between 12 December 2012 and 1 March 2013 only)
Foxton Town Foxton Transfer Station, corner Purcell/Stewart Streets. 8am to 5pm, seven days per week.
Closed: Good Friday, ANZAC, Christmas Day and New Years Day
Shannon Balance Street, Opposite Police Station. All hour access
Waitarere Beach Waitarere Domain (near the Scout Hall). Open every Saturday between 21 December 2013 and 26 January 2014 (dates to be confirmed), from 12.30 pm until 4.30 pm.
Levin Levin Transfer Station, Sheffield Street. Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 8:00am - 4:30pm
Closed: Good Friday, ANZAC, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
Waikawa Beach

Hank Edwards Reserve.

Open every Saturday between 21 December 2013 and 26 January 2014 (dates to be confirmed), from 9.30 am until 11.00 am.


Landfill & Waste Transfer Stations

Locality Hours

Levin
Midwest Disposals Ltd
Sheffield Street
Phone: 06 367 2915

Monday - Friday
7:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
8:00am - 4:30pm
Closed: Good Friday, ANZAC, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
Foxton
Harbour Street Entrance Opposite Purcell Street
Phone: 06 363 8945

Monday, Thursday and Friday: 12 noon to 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11.00am to 4.00pm
Closed: Tuesday and Wednesday, Good Friday, ANZAC, Christmas Day and New Years Day

Shannon
Northern end of Thompson Street

Sunday: 10.00am to 2.00pm.
Closed: Monday to Saturday.
Good Friday, ANZAC, Christmas Day and New Years Day.


Refer to our Fees & Charges page for depositing refuse at these facilities.  Fees and charges listed are subject to change.  Please contact Council's Customer Service Centre for any updates.

LPG Cylinders, Heaters and Barbeques

The Ministry of Consumer Affair's Energy Safety Service has information on safety with gas appliances and LPG cylinder testing.