Rubbish and Recycling

Community recycle centre Rawene

Refuse Transfer Stations

There are 16 refuse/recycling transfer stations in the Far North run by Council, and 13 community recycling centres (one of which is seasonal). Most recyclables are accepted free of charge at Council facilities. Find out more in the links below. 

Opening hours and locations

You can download information about operating hours(PDF, 149KB) for refuse transfer stations and community recycling centres.

  • Refuse Transfer Stations are closed on:
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Anzac Day (closed morning only - open from 1pm)

Holiday season refuse and recycling

Additional recycling centres are set up in selected areas of the Bay of Islands over the summer holiday season. These accept recycling at no charge. Prepaid Waste Management rubbish bags can also be left at these centres. The on-going provision of these services depends on users respecting the facilities by ensuring they use pre-paid bags for rubbish. Refer to the transfer station information sheet for opening hours, dates and locations.

Prohibited waste

  • Infectious medical wastes
  • Dust-prone materials
  • Liquids, chemicals and sludges
  • Dead animals
  • Asbestos
  • Fuel tanks (empty or otherwise)
  • Hazardous waste (other than minor household hazardous wastes)
  • Explosive and radioactive material
  • Commercial air-conditioning or refrigeration units

Household hazardous waste

Household hazardous waste (up to 5 litres) is accepted at many transfer stations. Used lubricating oil, paints, agricultural chemicals, animal remedies, pool chemicals and batteries (automotive and household) are all classed as hazardous waste as they are hazardous to the environment. Refer to the Refuse Transfer Stations information sheet below for details. For quantities more than 5 litres and commercial hazardous waste, contact the Northland Regional Council.


What are the fees for using the transfer stations for dumping rubbish?

  • Per bag (standard 65L) $3.00
  • Oversized Bag (130L) $6.00
  • Wheelie Bin (240L) $11.00
  • Loose Material per m3 $46.00
  • Compacted and heavy material per m3 $74.50
  • Green waste m3 $22.00

Refer also to our Fees and Charges(PDF, 292KB).

Kerbside rubbish

Kerbside rubbish collection is available to many Far North residents and is provided by two commercial companies:

Northland Waste

Kaitaia 09 408 2594

Kerikeri 09 438 0802  

Waste Management

09 401 7274

0800 492 783