Rubbish and Recycling Services

Council doesn't provide a kerbside rubbish or recycling collection service in Waitaki, which is why we don't charge rates for these services. Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection is instead provided by private contractors.

There are several private contractors operating in the district who offer a range of kerbside collection services - including rubbish, recycling and greenwaste collection. You pay them directly for the services you need and this means the less you waste, the less you pay.

If you don't want kerbside collection, there are several Council and community-run drop-off services available. Locations, opening hours and charges for these services are included in the drop-off services information.

Kerbside collection services

Kerbside collection services are provided by private companies. Contact them directly to choose what service suits you best.

Rubbish collection

Council does not provide a rubbish collection service in Waitaki and therefore does not charge rates for this. Kerbside collection services are provided by private contractors.

You can choose a collection service that suits you best and pay for what you use. This means if you produce less waste, you pay less. We think this is a fairer way than everyone paying the same rate. 

The following businesses will pick up your rubbish from outside your property. You will need to check with them to confirm which areas they service, their pickup days and where you should leave your rubbish.

Some of these providers also offer recycling and greenwaste collection services.

This is the most up-to-date information made available to Council from these businesses. We cannot guarantee its accuracy and recommend you contact them directly to confirm details.

Awamoa Bins & Skips

27 Chelmer Street, Oamaru. Ph: 03 434 9445

Visit the Awamoa Bins & Skips website.

Awamoa Bins offers wheelie bins (120/240 litre) and skips (1.5m³ to 8m³) with weekly, two weekly, monthly or on-call pick up. They also offer a daily pick-up service for cardboard, recyclables and rubbish for businesses.

WasteCo

100a Carmen Road, Hornby, Christchurch . Ph: 0800 341 11 11

Visit the WasteCo website.

WasteCo offer kerbside rubbish collection for customers throughout the District. Contact them for more information on bin sizes and collection options. Wheelie bins are suitable for household rubbish to the landfill/transfer station with different pick-up frequency options. They also offer a wheelie bin rubbish and recycling collection service for businesses.

Waste Management

13 Industrial Place, Oamaru. Ph: 0800 10 10 10

Visit the Waste Management NZ website.

Waste Management provide a variety of short and long term rubbish collection services for customers throughout the District. General waste wheelie bins are suitable for general household waste. All long-term rostered kerbside collections can be tailored using a variety of bin sizes and empty frequency options.

Recycling collection

Council does not provide a recycling collection service in Waitaki and therefore does not charge rates for this. Kerbside collection services are provided by private contractors.

If you don’t have transport or the time to drop off your recyclables, Waitaki has a range of service providers who can pick them up from your place.  You will need to check with them to confirm which areas they service, what recyclables they will pick up and how they would like you to sort it - eg newspapers tied in a bundle.

This is the most up-to-date information made available to Council from these businesses. We cannot guarantee its accuracy and recommend you contact them directly to confirm details.

Awamoa Bins & Skips

Chelmer Street, Oamaru. Ph: 03 434 9445

Visit the Awamoa Bins & Skips website.

Awamoa offer a pre-paid bag or a 240L wheelie bin for kerbside collection. Pick up is Wednesdays, or ‘on call’. Note - glass is a separate pick up.

WasteCo

100a Carmen Road, Hornby, Christchurch . Ph: 0800 341 11 11

Visit the WasteCo website.

WasteCo offers a household-kerbside wheelie bin collection of recycling. Contact them toll-free for details on what recyclables they collect and collection days.

Waste Management (commercial only)

13 Industrial Place, Oamaru . Ph: 0800 10 10 10

Visit the Waste Management website. Recycling option is offered to businesses.

Waihemo Wastebusters Resource Recovery Centre

27 Tiverton Street, Palmerston . Phone: 03 465 7431

Blue recycling bags can be purchased for $3 at Palmerston Four Square, East Otago On the Spot, Puketapu Radio or the Centre itself. Street collection of blue bags is every Tuesday in Palmerston Township, or the first Tuesday of the month in Shag Point, Goodwood and Dunback. There is a shed in the Macraes Township for blue bag drop-offs.

Greenwaste collection

The following private contractors will pick up your greenwaste from your property. Many gardening contractors will also do this for you - please contact them to find out if they provide this service.

This is the most up-to-date information made available to Council from these businesses. We cannot guarantee its accuracy and recommend you contact them directly to confirm any details.

Awamoa Bins & Skips

27 Chelmer Street, Oamaru . Ph: 03 434 9445

Visit the Awamoa Bins & Skips website.

Garden waste pick up twice a week, either loose or in wool packs. Exclusions: Flax and bamboo.

Oamaru Crewcut

Ph: 0800 800 286

Visit the Crewcut website.

Provide garden waste collection in either 600 litre bags, or 240 litre wheelie bins.

Waste Management

13 Industrial Place, Oamaru . Ph: 0800 10 10 10

Visit the Waste Management website.

Provide greenwaste skip bins and wheelie bins - suitable for grass, trimmings and general green organic waste. Greenwaste is picked up as required. Exclusions: Flax and bamboo.

Drop-off services

Waitaki Resource Recovery Park

The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust operates the District’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF), the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park.

The Park can offer a range of recycling, reuse and diversion options through both what they collect to get to recycling markets and their Get Sorted shop. The also host the Oamaru MenzShed who reuse some construction and demolition materials. They are constantly looking for diversion and recycling opportunities and can usually take more waste types than kerbside collection providers so it pays to check in with them regularly. You can also use our “What can I take where” directory as a quick reference.

The Park is also operated as a social enterprise. They are assisted by an annual operational grant from Council to help provide our community with the best recycling, minimisation and diversion opportunities possible.

For the most up-to-date information on opening hours, what is accepted at the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park and their current charges go to the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park website.

Opening hours

Drop Off Shop
Monday 9am - 4:30pm 9am-4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 4:30pm 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 4:30pm 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 4:30pm 9am - 4:30pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm 9am - 4.30pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm 10am - 4pm

 

The team at the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park are looking at solutions for polysterene waste and want to know about what you do with yours. They've put together a quick survey with a couple of questions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTPT9M5

Oamaru Refuse Transfer Station

The Oamaru Refuse Transfer Station is owned and operated by Waste Management NZ Limited. It replaces the Oamaru Landfill, which closed in April 2017.

Location

13 Industrial Place, Oamaru.

Oamaru Refuse Transfer Station map

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 8am -5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed
Refuse Transfer Station is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and ANZAC morning (until 1pm.)

Charges

Please visit the Waste Management website for current prices.

  • Charges for disposing of waste at the transfer station are set by Waste Management.
  • All payments to be made at Refuse Transfer Station using EFTPOS, credit card or account (prior arrangement required).

Waste types accepted

  • All dry general waste (if you have wet or special waste, please contact Waste Management who will advise you on how best to manage this)
  • Recyclables: Plastic, cardboard, paper and metal cans (if you have items which may be reusable or other recyclable items please take these to the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park on Chelmer Street). For more information please go to Waitaki Resource Recovery Park page.

For more information please visit Waste Management website or call Waste Management on 0800 10 10 10.

Palmerston landfill

Location

Falcon St, Palmerston (Ph: 03 433 0240)

Opening hours

Tuesday and Sunday 11am - 2pm

Items/materials accepted and charges

General rubbish *$130 per cubic metre or part thereof
Greenwaste $60 per cubic metre or part thereof

To drop off general recycling in Palmerston visit Waihemo Wastebusters.

Waihemo Wastebusters

Palmerston Recycling Centre and Reuse Shop

Contact details

27 Tiverton Street, Palmerston

Ph: 021 501 769 - Sam Henderson (Chairperson)
waihemowastebusters@gmail.com

Opening hours

Wednesdays and Sundays 11am - 4pm

Items/materials accepted and charges

Waihemo Wastebusters accepts donations of good quality household items for their re-use shop and the following clean and dry items for recycling: 

  • Glass bottles and jars (lids removed)
  • Clear and coloured plastics - 1, 2 and 5
  • Soft clear plastics like bubble/cling wrap
  • Cardboard and newspaper
  • Aluminium and tin cans
  • Foil
  • Lids - plastic and metal
  • Batteries
  • Tetra paks
  • Blue recycling bags can be purchased for $3 at Waihemo Wastebusters, Tiverton Street.
  • Recycling can be dropped off directly at Waihemo Wastebusters, however, if it is without a blue bag then a donation is asked to cover sorting and transport. Lids must be removed from bottles and jars.
  • Street collection of blue bags is on the first Tuesday of the month in Goodwood and Dunback. There is a shed in the Macraes Township for blue bag drop offs.

Recyclable items can change frequently - we try to keep the lists up to date on site. Please ask if you are unsure

Council recovery parks transfer stations

Items/materials accepted and charges

Activity Basis for charge 2022/23 charges (incl GST)
Solid waste disposal Per m3or part thereof (Transfer Stations and Palmerston)
130.00
Green waste Per m3or part thereof (Transfer Stations and Palmerston)
60.00
*Recyclable materials (steel, aluminium, some plastics, cardboard and glass.)   No charge (donations accepted)
*Re-saleable items    No charge (at the operator's discretion)

*Maximum load of 1 cubic metre of rubbish accepted.

*Closed all day on Christmas Day and Good Friday. Closed on ANZAC Day until 1pm.

Hampden Resource Recovery Park

Monmouth Street West (Ph: 0800 341 11 11)

Opening hours

Wednesday and Sunday 9am - 12pm
Saturday (only from Labour Weekend to Easter) 9 am- 12pm

Kurow Resource Recovery Park

Kurow Creek Road (Ph: 0800 341 11 11)

Opening hours

Wednesday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Saturday (only from Labour Weekend to Easter) 1pm - 4pm

Omarama Resource Recovery Park

Chain Hills Highway (Ph 0800 341 11 11)

Opening hours

Wednesday and Sunday 9am - 12pm
Saturday (only from Labour Weekend to Easter) 9am - 12pm

Otematata Resource Recovery Park

River Terrace (Ph: 0800 341 11 11)

Opening hours

Wednesday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Saturday (only from Labour Weekend to Easter) 1pm - 4pm

Rural township recycling hubs

Council provides recycling bins in the following rural townships, where recyclables can be dropped off by residents at no charge.

Papakaio

21 Papakaio Road, Papakaio

Materials accepted: cans, glass, cardboard, plastics

Enfield

150m south-east of Wellington Street and Napier Street intersection, Enfield

Materials accepted: glass, cardboard, plastics

Herbert

Beside the Herbert Community Hall, Tain St

Materials accepted: cans, cardboard, plastics