Refuse and Recycling Drop-Off Facilities and Portable Compactors

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

  • Matarangi RTS -101 Matarangi Drive, Matarangi
  • Tairua RTS - 3 Red Bridge Road, Tairua
  • Pauanui RTS- 887 Hikuai Settlement Road, Pauanui
  • Whangamata RTS- 2755 SH25 Waihi-Whangamata, Whangamata

The rubbish and recycling Molok facilities at Whangapoua and Ōpito Bay have been closed and removed as of 15 November 2021 as a result of decisions made during the Long Term Plan 2021-2031 process. Please either use your Kerbside collection service, if applicable, or drop your rubbish in blue Council bags and recycling for free at one of our Refuse Transfer Stations, or use our compactors. 

Portable rubbish compactors:

Compactors around the district:

The compactors are solar powered and coin operated ($2 - any combination of coins accepted).

The compactors take general household refuse in bags up to 60 litres in size (the size of our blue Council bags). 

Please do not use the compactors to dispose of any hazardous waste, liquid waste or building waste. Anything other than general household rubbish should be taken to the nearest Refuse Transfer Station.

Contact us on 07 868 0200 to report any faults, or illegal dumping, or feedback on the compactor locations. 

Compactor locations:

  • Kuaotunu Boat Ramp: Also known as Quarry Point Boat Ramp. SH25 opposite 88 Kuaotunu-Wharekaho Rd..
  • Port Jackson: Pahi Road, by the cattle yards.
  • 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. 
  • Te Rerenga School: SH25 near the turn-off to Whangapoua.

The compactors at Rhodes Park, Thames, and Opoutere have been removed for cleaning and servicing and will be relocated to the Coromandel's east coast over summer to accommodate the high visitor numbers.  The Thames Refuse Transfer Station is 3km away on Burke Street and can cater to your refuse and recycling disposal needs during this time. The nearest transfer station to Opoutere is Whangamatā. Locations and hours: tcdc.govt.nz/rts.  

Portable rubbish compactor at Opoutere 23 Dec 2019