Food Waste and Organics Collection

​​The expiry of the resource consent for the Taumarunui Landfill together with new legislation driven by higher environmental, cultural and sustainability standards saw Council and the community develop a new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan for Ruapehu which was adopted in December 2018. 

Central to the new Plan is a Zero Waste 2040 vision that recognises that how we had been dealing with our waste in the past was not fit for the future.

This vision aligns with tangata whenua principles such as kaitiakitanga and tiakitanga and taking an integrated view of the environment and aiming to protect land, air and water from the possible negative impacts resulting from the inappropriate management of waste. 

Council is now stepping up implementation of the Plan which will see some major changes in how we manage our waste. 

The underlying objective of these changes is aimed at diverting as much as possible from the landfill waste stream with some of the biggest changes taking place at the Taumarunui Transfer Station. 

Kerbside food waste/organics collection.

​With audits of pink kerbside rubbish bags collected from households showing that over half of it could be recycled or composted taking this stuff out will save a lot of money. As a result Council is introducing the collection of food waste/organics alongside blue bin recycling and pink rubbish bag collection from Monday 19 October.

New kerbside pick-up day for some townships.
With the introduction of this service some households will have a new kerbside collection day. ​​See Kerbside collection to confirm if your day has changed.

 How it works.


 Not on kerbside collection? - 30% off Compost Bin/Worm Farm offer 

In association with Mitre10 Taumarunui Council is offering the opportunity to purchase a compost bin or worm farm of your choice for 30% off.

NOTE: This offer is only available to rural households not on kerbside collection who are not receiving the new kerbside food scrap collection service.

To take advantage of this offer download and complete the Offer Form and take into Mitre10 Taumarunui. You can also buy online via​

For more info on compostingsee the composting webpage under Waste Minimisation.

Page reviewed: 07 Oct 2020 3:59pm