Transfer Stations

The district has Refuse Transfer Stations and Recycling Centres at Matamata, Morrinsville and Waihou. Free recycling facilities are available at all three sites for recycling grade 1 to 7.

Opening Hours

Transfer stations are open from 10am to 4pm on selected days:

  • Matamata: Tauranga Rd, 07 888 5700, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun
  • Morrinsville: Roache Rd, 07 889 3401, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun
  • Te Aroha: State Highway 26, Waihou, 07 884 8831, Wed, Fri & Sun

All transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday, Anzac Day (until 1pm - transfer stations will be open after 1pm on ANZAC Day), Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day and 2 January.

Domestic quantities (up to 10 litres) of hazardous waste and oil can also be disposed of for $15 at the transfer stations, including solvents (labelled), cleaning fluids (labelled), paints, car batteries and oils. Fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides my also be disposed of if they are placed in a sealed, clear plastic bag and labelled. Larger quantities may be accepted by prior arrangement.

The following things can be disposed of at transfer stations (charges below):

  • General Refuse
  • Organic Waste
  • Scrap Steel (free depending on the amount)
  • Vehicle tyres (excluding rims and inner tubes): car - $8, 4WD or light truck - $10, truck - $20, tractor (less than 40") - $46, tractor (40" or more) - $77. Please note: Whole tyres only. Cut tyres will not be accepted.
  • Whiteware - $10 per item


Charges are based on weight rather than volume. All vehicles pass over a weigh bridge and a fee is applied according to the weight of the refuse or green-waste. A minimum charge is applied for small loads. See table below.

There is no charge for recycling or refuse in official Matamata-Piako District Council rubbish bags.

Charges Sorted approved recyclables


Green Waste
Bag Free

$2 or free if in an official MPDC refuse bag

Applies for bags up to 60L - larger bags will be weighed

Car, utes, all vehicles/ trailers Free

$170 per tonne

Minimum Charge $17

$75 per tonne

Minimum charge $7