Naming competition details

    • Submit your entry via Council’s Facebook or via the ideas tab.
    • Names should be loosely recycling related 
    • A short list will be selected by Council, and winners will be chosen by vote on Facebook
    • Competition is open until 8 August.

    Why is Council starting a mobile recycling service?

    We are committed to helping our rural community with their waste minimisation efforts. This service will primarily serve the rural residents who don’t qualify for kerbside collection services, and have to travel a long way to get to a recycling facility. 

    We know that people want to do the right thing, but we needed to provide them with an easier option for recycling. So we agreed to explore alternative recycling options for our rural communities through the Long Term Plan 2021-31. 

    This model for a mobile recycling service that is supervised by Council team members, has been successfully used at other Council’s such Central Hawkes Bay District Council.

    More information can be found at

    Is there anywhere the mobile recycling trailers can’t go?

    Rural recycling drop off sites on, or next to a State Highway have been ruled out due to safety concerns.

    How will we stop people from dumping rubbish in the mobile recycling centres?

    A Council team member will stay with the mobile recycling units at all times. They will be available to help people sort their recycling correctly and ensure that the trailer isn’t contaminated with unrecyclable items.

    How is the service funded? Is there a cost to drop off recycling?

    The mobile recycling units, are custom built trailers that have been funded by Council through the Waste Minimisation Fund, with support from the Glass Packaging Forum.

    There’s no cost to drop off your recycling.

    Who is driving the mobile recycling units around?

    Council team members will tow the vehicles to the agreed locations, and at the end of the session the trailer and contents will be removed for consolidation at our recycling centres, ready for its next scheduled outing.

    Who sets the schedule? Will it change?

    We'll set a schedule based on your feedback received though this survey and availability of sites. The schedule will be set and reviewed as necessary.

    The set schedule will be available at from the end of August. 

    How can I have my say?

    Wānanga ipurangi (online) – answer our survey questions online here.

    Pepa mārō (hard copy) – feedback forms are available at any of Council’s library and service centres. You can also email your comments to

    Kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) - check out the mobile recycling trailers, enter the naming competition, and kōrero with our team at one of the events below. 

    Saturday 16 July, 9 am to 1 pm at BP Pongakawa

    Saturday 23 July, 9am to 1 pm at Te Ranga School

    Saturday 30 July, 9am – 1pm at Omanawa Hall

    Saturday 6 August, 9am – 1pm at Whakamarama Community Centre

    Will the mobile recycling units be available for anything else?

    The mobile recycling trailers could be used in the community at events or over busy holiday periods.