Kerbside collection

We provide a kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service to Hamilton residents. Our contractors collect more than 55,000 bags and crates each week, so it’s important they can safely lift and sort your rubbish and recycling.

Overfilled recycling crates can be a health and safety hazard to our contractors. Any extra recycling can be dropped off for free at the Lincoln Street Transfer Station. Our rubbish team won’t pick up your bags if they aren’t put out properly. It’s best not to put your rubbish bags out the night before because animals can get into them. Please put them out by 7am on the morning of your collection day.

If you dump rubbish illegally, or keep putting out rubbish in the wrong way, you could be fined or prosecuted.

Find out what you can and can't recycle in Hamilton here.

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Information for residents in the inner/central city area (CBD)

There is no residential rubbish and recycling collection available in the central city, and these properties receive a rates remission. Please speak with your building manager or Body Corporate about alternatives.



Max Bags: Each household can put out up to two bags of rubbish per week.
Max Weight: Make sure your bags aren't heavier than 20kg each or bigger than 60 litres.

We won’t collect bags with:

  • unwrapped sharp objects
  • hot liquid or ashes
  • syringes and needles
  • chemicals, paints and solvents.


In your recycling crate we collect:

  • plastics with the 1 and 2 symbols
  • aluminium and steel tins and cans
  • glass bottles and jars.

Tie your paper and cardboard together and place beside the recycling bin.

Cardboard boxes must be flattened and be no bigger than 75cm x 75cm.

Place your recycling crate and paper and cardboard on the kerb near your rubbish.

Overflowing crates: Please do not to overfill your recycling crates. Overfilled crates create unsightly street litter and are a health and safety risk for collectors (broken glass etc.). Recycling placed higher than the top of the crate will not be collected.

Unfortunately, we can’t take pizza boxes for recycling as food waste compromises our paper and card recycling. Fold them up and pop them in the black bag.

Public holidays

Public holiday rubbish and recycling collections will generally be one day later than usual. Use our collection day search at the top of the page to get an accurate collection date for a specific address.

I need another crate

Every home in Hamilton has a recycling bin supplied to it. You can put out up to two Council-approved recycling crates per week.

Replacement or extra recycling crates can be purchased for $15.00 from:

  • Hamilton City Council, Municipal Building, Garden Place, Hamilton
    Phone: 07 838 6699
Have you heard? Hamilton's new rubbish and recycling service starts 31 August 2020!
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