Refuse Transfer Stations

Refuse Transfer Stations and COVID-19:

Our seven Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) are open to the public.

Please use the government's COVID-19 contact tracing app and any sign-in sheets you are asked to fill in.  

Locations and hours are below.

Drop-off points for rubbish and portable rubbish compactors: 

We have placed portable compactors at key locations around the district that see high visitor numbers and during COVID-19:

  • Thames: At the entrance of the large Rhodes Park 1km south of Thames township
  • Waikawau Boat Ramp – Thames Coast road:  just south of the Waikawau boat ramp on the Thames Coast Road, 3.8km north of Te Mata. This compactor unit has been vandalised and is out of action. We are working hard to repair it.
  • Kuaotunu Boat Ramp: Also known as Quarry Point Boat Ramp. SH25 opposite 88 Kuaotunu-Wharekaho Rd.
  • Old Coroglen Saleyard site: Immediately south of the SH25 bridge over the Waiwawa River. 1909 SH25 Tairua-Whitianga Rd, near the junction with the Tapu-Coroglen Rd. This compactor unit has been vandalised and is out of action. We are working hard to repair it.
  • Opoutere: Beside the public toilets on the corner of Ohui and Opoutere roads, near the campground. This compactor unit has been vandalised and is out of action. We are working hard to repair it.

Rubbish in pre-paid, blue Council bags and recycling can be left after-hours at no charge at these four Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) and the two drop-off facilities:

  • Matarangi RTS -101 Matarangi Drive, Matarangi
  • Tairua RTS -3 Red Bridge Road, Tairua
  • Pauanui RTS- 887 Hikuai Settlement Road, Pauanui
  • Whangamata RTS- 2755 SH Waihi-Whangamata, Whangamata
  • Whangapoua drop-off facility- Tangiora Ave in the Whangapoua Beach and Beach Store carpark
  • Opito Bay drop-off facility- 350mtrs up Matapaua Bay road off Black Jack

Rubbish in pre-paid, blue Council bags and recycling can be left during opening hours only at no charge at these three Refuse Transfer Stations: 

Fees and Charges

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST.

Transfer Station
(Solid Waste Fees)
Units2020/2021
Where no weighbridge available:   
Un-compacted waste Per cubic metre $85.00
Compacted waste Per cubic metre $247.00
Green waste Per cubic metre $59.00
Where weighbridge available:   
Waste Per tonne $260.00
Green waste Per tonne $164.00
Unofficial refuse bags Per bag $5.00
Small carrier bag of rubbish Per bag $2.00
Designated recyclables Per cubic metre No charge
Tyres car - without rim* Per tyre  $7.50
Tyres car - with rim* Per tyre $12.50
Tyres 4X4 - without rim* Per tyre  $17.50
Tyres 4X4 - with rim* Per tyre $22.50
Tyres truck - without rim* Per tyre $20.00
Tyres truck - with rim* Per tyre $25.00
Tyres tractor* Per tyre $60.00
LPG bottles Per bottle $6.50
Car bodies - stripped** Per car $25.00
Car bodies - unstripped Per car $75.00
Whiteware Per item $10.00
*Tyres should be left whole, not cut. We can no longer accept cut tyres as the landfill no longer takes them.    
**Stripped car body means windows, seats and fuel tanks are removed.    

A note about Green Waste:

Our Refuse Transfer Stations do not accept fibrous plants such as flax, cabbage trees, bamboo and similar plants, as green waste. Instead, these are considered general waste and are charged as such to dispose of.

RTS Opening Hours and Locations

On Christmas Day and Good Friday they are closed and on Easter Monday are open on their Sunday hours. On Anzac Day (25 April) they are all open from 1pm to 5:30pm.

Refuse Transfer Stations are located in the following areas:

Coromandel

525 Hauraki Road, Coromandel

Phone: 07 866 7616

Coromandel RTS Opening Hours
Monday
Closed
Tuesday 11:00am to 4:30pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11:00am to 4:30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 11:00am to 5:30pm
Sunday 11:00am to 5:30pm
Public Holidays 11:00am to 5:30pm

Matarangi - 24/7 drop-off facility for pre-paid Council rubbish bags and recyclables

101 Matarangi Drive, Matarangi

Phone: 07 866 5427

Matarangi RTS Opening Hours
Monday 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:00am to 5:30pm
Public Holidays 10:00am to 5:30pm

Pauanui - 24/7 drop-off facility for pre-paid Council rubbish bags and recyclables

887 Hikuai Settlement Road, Pauanui

Phone: 07 864 7949

Pauanui RTS Opening Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:00am to 5:30pm
Public Holidays 10:00am to 5:30pm

Tairua - 24/7 drop-off facility for pre-paid Council rubbish bags and recyclables

3 Red Bridge Road, Tairua

25 Sept 2020: The pit at Tairua Refuse Transfer Station (RTS) is temporarily closed for repairs. Items bound for landfill can still be dropped at the RTS.
Please be patient and follow instructions from staff. We’re hoping to have the pit back open in about one month.

Phone: 07 864 7639

Tairua RTS Opening Hours 
Monday 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:00am to 5:30pm
Public Holidays 10:00am to 5:30pm

Thames

102 Burke Street, Thames

Phone: 07 868 9637

Thames RTS Opening Hours
Monday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Thursday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Friday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Public Holidays 10:30am to 5:30pm

Whangamata - 24/7 drop-off facility for pre-paid Council rubbish bags and recyclables

2755 SH25 Waihi-Whangamata, Whangamata

Phone: 07 865 9723

Whangamata RTS Opening Hours
Monday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Thursday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Friday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Public Holidays 10:30am to 5:30pm

Whitianga

237 South Highway, Whitianga

Phone: 07 866 2954

Whitianga RTS Opening Hours
Monday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Thursday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Friday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Public Holidays 10:30am to 5:30pm