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Help us protect this paradise – minimise your waste and where possible, take it back with you. There are some simple ways you can dispose of your rubbish on the island. 

Accommodation or Lodges:

Your accommodation provider will most likely provide bins – either a rubbish bin or council bags for landfill, a yellow recycling crate and composting for food scraps. Rubbish bags, rubbish bins, recycling bins and bundled cardboard should be placed out ready for collection prior to 8am on a Monday. If you are checking out on a different day, check for 

instructions at your accommodation or drop your recycling and rubbish at the landfill in Claris at 70 Gray Rd (Opening hours below). Reusable items can be taken to Anamata, the resource recovery centre. 

Campgrounds or Huts:

There are no rubbish bins at the campgrounds or DOC huts. Instead trampers and campers are expected to take their rubbish with them. This can then be disposed of by purchasing a council rubbish bag from the service centre in Claris or at one of the local stores. These bags can be left with residents rubbish prior to 8am on a Monday morning for roadside collection or taken to the landfill. Clean recycling is free to dispose of at the recycling centre. 

On a Boat:

Help us to protect the Hauraki Gulf by minimising your waste. There are no rubbish collection points at the wharves, except for a pop-up over peak summer at Port FitzRoy Wharf (20 Dec 2021-5 Feb 2022, Tuesday to Saturday, except when collections are delayed due to a public holiday). Council rubbish bags are available to purchase using EFTPOS only and clean and sorted recycling can be disposed of for free. If you are at a different wharf or outside peak season, council rubbish bags can be purchased at one of the local stores and disposed of at the Claris landfill, or left out for roadside collection on Monday prior to 8am. If these options don’t quite work for you, you will need to take your waste home with you. 

For more information visit

Recycling, Landfill and Anamata Reuse Shop opening times:

Opening times:
Peak Season:

(20 Dec – 5 Feb)
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm

Off Peak:

Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm.

Closed Sundays and public holidays.


Shop & Recycling: 66c Gray Road


70 Gray Road
Phone: 09 4290 799

Roadside Collection:

From 8am Monday south of and including Claris to the crossroads.
Tuesday for rest of island (Okupu, Whangaparapara and North)


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