Single council rubbish bags soon to be available

The new look of single council rubbish bags

Tauranga City Council will introduce kerbside waste collections for all households, on July 1, 2021. 

This means weekly food scraps and fortnightly rubbish and recycling collections will be added to the existing glass recycling collection and wheelie bins will replace rubbish bags.

"The last day that rubbish bags are collected will be June 30, 2021," says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson.

"To prepare for this, the rolls of five council rubbish bags currently purchased together will be replaced with single rubbish bags for individual purchase.

"This is to make it easier to purchase the right number of bags needed and avoid ending up with surplus bags that can no longer be collected from the kerbside."

The current recommended purchase price is $15.99 for a roll of five bags.

The recommended purchase price for a single bag is $3.20, which is the same as it is currently, says council.

"Please note that supermarkets and retail outlets set their own price, so the prices may vary.

"If people do have rubbish bags remaining after June 30, 2021, they will be able to use them to dispose of household rubbish (at no additional cost) at their local transfer station.

"Bags will not be collected from the kerbside."

The single bags will look a little different from the current bags and they will no longer have the pink sticker.

They will have bright yellow writing that will say ‘official council prepaid rubbish collection’ with the council logo, making them easier to distinguish from ordinary bags.

With any questions, please contact council on 07 577 7000 or email

Find out more about the new kerbside waste collections at

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Posted on 01-01-2021 21:16 | By CC8

Like Caveman, I will leave mine right where they put them, if they dare to put them on my private property I will put them back on Council property. I use 1 240 litre bin and it is emptied every 4 weeks. What the collection service does with it regarding sorting and recycling is not my issue. I have had this service since 1998, and it only costs me $11.00 per empty, why change NOW? I don’t want or need any council bullshit. If I am forced to bring them in I will convert them for my own alternative use, possibly producing alcohol (ethanol) to run my car on and heat my house etc so I don’t have to pay road tax or exorbitant power bills! (:-)!

Sorry, but like MOST

Posted on 22-12-2020 20:18 | By The Caveman

residents I will be using ONE bin for everything and the other bins will be left on the street - no room to store them - and based on my current level of "rubbish" one bin a month !!


Posted on 22-12-2020 14:47 | By Johnney

A bag normally lasts me two weeks as most of my rubbish goes in the recycling bin. A lot cheaper than the new proposed foreign owned set up.

A Brat

Posted on 22-12-2020 13:20 | By

Kiwi_brat your name is appropriate based on your suggested behaviour. We need to do better as a city and we are finally catching up to what other cities have been doing for years (or decades). We obviously talk to different people as most people I talk to want the service and for most it is cheaper.

Tom Ranger

Posted on 22-12-2020 13:12 | By

I swear. It’s like they are TrYiNg to waste money. Why develop and manufacture a completely new bag!!!? SMH.


Posted on 22-12-2020 11:49 | By kiwi_brat2003

After Jun 30 2021 We will be placing all rubbish into 1 bin others can be stuck out in the weather outside for ever and left to break down. I find that re-cycling will be a waste of effort when we will be paying nearly double the normal rubbish cost and doing councils sorting as well . Note we should not recycle now when we are forced into a collection that no one wants.... council is a DISGRACE and should be kicked out.