Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

Visiting Waiheke Island

How to be a waste-wise visitor

Waiheke Island has a user-pays system for waste services that applies to all residents and visitors. 

Visitors can help the island to minimise waste by taking your waste away with you and disposing of it responsibly on the mainland, wherever possible.

If you are visiting Waiheke Island for a day trip or short holiday stay, plan ahead, bring minimal packaging with you, choose reusable containers, pack in, pack out, and leave nothing behind.

If you must dispose of waste while visiting the island, here's what you need to know:

  • Visitors should use roadside rubbish and recycling collection services, drop off household waste and recyclables to the Waiheke Refuse Transfer Station (or the new Community Resource Recovery Park after 3 July), or take their waste away and dispose of it responsibly on the mainland through kerbside rubbish and recycling collection services.
  • All rubbish and recyclables disposed of on Waiheke Island have to be transported back to the Auckland isthmus and sent to landfill or to the recycling processing facility, so it is a great help when day trippers and short-term holidaymakers take their waste away with them.
  • The public place litter and recycling bins situated by the toilet block at Big Oneroa, provided for disposal by passers-by only, have now been removed due to health and safety concerns caused by low-overhanging power lines. Visitors staying in the Big Oneroa area should use roadside rubbish and recycling collection services to dispose of any household rubbish and recyclables or make a trip to the Community Resource Recovery Park (RRP).
  • A Throw ‘N’ Go bin is usually located at Matiatia Wharf for visitor use only. Visitors can safely dispose of household rubbish and recyclables only, before leaving the island. The bin has been removed until further notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • The Throw ‘N’ Go bin located at Kennedy Point has also been removed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Roadside rubbish collection

  • Use the weekly roadside rubbish collection service for council rubbish bags or wheelie bins (if available at your accommodation) – place out before 7am on collection day.
  • You can buy 60-litre council bags from the Waiheke Island service centre from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm, currently at a cost of $3.90 each.
  • 60-litre council rubbish bags may also be available for purchase from local retail outlets (prices may vary):
    • Countdown
    • Four Square

Roadside recycling collection

  • Use the 240-litre recycling wheelie bin (if available at your accommodation) to recycle household containers from your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, as well as paper and cardboard.
  • Recycling collections take place every second week.  Place your recycling bin out on the roadside before 7am on your collection day.
  • Household containers made from plastic, glass, aluminium, and steel as well as paper and cardboard can be added individually to the co-mingled recycling bin. 
  • Please empty and rinse all containers before placing them in the bin.
  • Soft plastic waste cannot be recycled in your roadside recycling bin. Soft plastic waste includes soft plastic bags such as bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags, courier envelopes, sanitary hygiene packaging, squeeze pouches and basically anything made of soft plastic which can be scrunched into a ball. You can dispose of soft plastics through collection points for the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme, including Countdown Waiheke Island.

Waiheke Community Resource Recovery Park (RRP)

From Friday 3 July 2020, drop off your waste and clean, sorted recyclables to the Waiheke Community Resource Recovery Park (RRP).

Private waste collection services

Private waste collection services are available from other companies outside of these council service operating hours. You can arrange a private waste collection, at your cost.