Rubbish collection and rubbish bags

Find out where to buy rubbish bags, and what time you need to put them on the street.

Photo of official city council rubbish bags.

We provide a weekly collection service for rubbish in official Palmerston North City Council bags. You can put out as many Council rubbish bags as you like, but rubbish in other bags won’t be picked up.

If your regular collection day falls on Good Friday or Christmas Day, we'll collect it the following Saturday.

Where to buy Council rubbish bags

Rubbish bags cost $2.60 each and are available from our Customer Service Centre, local supermarkets, dairies and Mitre 10.

Where and when to put rubbish bags out

To stop animals getting into your rubbish and making a mess, it’s best to put your rubbish out on the day of collection rather than the night before.

Place rubbish bags at the edge of the kerb, by 7.30am on your collection day.

Rubbish collection tips

  • The maximum weight for each bag is 10kg
  • Secure the top of the bag
  • Let any ashes cool before placing them in the bag
  • Wrap sharp objects and broken glass in newspaper
  • No hazardous waste

Reduce, re-use, recycle

Let’s all minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfill – reduce, re-use and recycle. We pick up recycling every week at the same time as your rubbish.