Recycling Info

How Kaipara recycling works

Recycling is an important part to our waste management, yet it can often be confusing because every council treats recycling differently.  Waste Management systems will continue to change and improve, for now we aim to provide you with the most up to date information on how to correctly manage your waste.

An up-to-date guide on Kaipara Recycling

Kaipara Refuse Ltd is the official collector & processor of recycling in Kaipara.  They are based in Ruawai and cover Mangawhai, Paparoa, Whakapirau, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka, Baylys Beach, Ruawai, & Dargaville.

The Yellow Bags

  • All clean recycling should be placed in the official Kaipara Refuse yellow recycling bags
  • Bags can be purchased from your local grocery outlet. 
  • Refer to the attached flyer for a list of all eligible items for recycling, or see our FAQ for more info. 
  • Please remember to wash and squash your recycling!  Dirty/soiled items have to be redirected into landfill.
  • Bags are collected from the kerbside on various days (see collection days below for your area).

Collection Days

Monday            Mangawhai
Wednesday      Paparoa, Whakapirau, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka

Tuesday           Baylys Beach
Thursday         Ruawai, Dargaville

Transfer Station dropoff

You can take your clean recyclable items to the following transfer stations and sort into the different categories yourself for a $2 fee:


Dargaville Transfer Station

Phone: 094390425
Address: 199 Awakino Road, Dargaville
TuesdayFriday 9am – 4pm
Saturday Only 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday Monday and Public Holidays


Kaipara Refuse Depot, Ruawai

Phone: 094392146
Address: 7-9 Porritt Street, Ruawai
Wednesdays Only – 8am – 3pm


Hakaru ReSort Centre (near Mangawhai/Kaiwaka)

Phone: (09) 425 8567
Address: 667 Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Rd, Hakaru
Open daily 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Ever wondered where the yellow bags go after collection?

We made a little video to show you just what Kaipara Refuse Ltd does with your recycling at the other end.

Kaipara Recycling FAQ

Can we put soft plastics into the bag?

No.  Soft plastics are currently not collected in the kerbside recycling.  You can however take your soft plastics to your nearest Soft Plastics Recycling bin, located at selected supermarkets.  A list of current locations of these bins can be found here:

Why do we have to use a PLASTIC BAG to put our recycling into?

We know it’s not ideal, but at the moment Kaipara recycling is collected and processed BY HAND, and there is not capacity to use wheelie bins. We are always working towards new solutions, so we hope we will be able to help offer something new in the future.

Why can't numbers other than 1 + 2 plastics be recycled?

Offshore recycling plants are no longer accepting our trash (and rightly so!)  In NZ at this stage, we cannot recycle anything but #1 and #2 plastic and some soft plastic.  Currently all other plastic in NZ goes to landfill.

Where do I find the number on my plastic?

The number will generally be on the bottom of the plastic container, inside a triangle recycling symbol.  Sometimes you do have to look quite hard!  If there is no number to be found, unfortunately it will have to go into landfill.

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