Illegal dumping of rubbish

What is illegal dumping?

The dumping of rubbish is considered to be illegal when people discard their rubbish down a bank or stream, at laybys and roadsides, or in town litterbins.

It is unfair and detracts from the beauty of our district. It costs the ratepayer, because the Council must meet the expense of rubbish removal, follow up complaints, and prosecute people for illegal dumping.

If you are caught illegally dumping rubbish, under the Litter Act 1979 you may be liable for an infringement of up to $400.00.

Why is illegal dumping a problem?

Dumped waste can be dangerous to people, particularly when it includes sharp objects, asbestos and glass. Dumped materials can also harm the local environment by killing birds and fish, damaging plants, soil and waterways.

Removing illegally dumped waste costs a lot of money. From July 2016 – July 2017, the Tararua District Council collected and disposed 7.35 tonnes of waste materials that were illegally dumped across the district. This included household rubbish and furniture, electronic goods, whiteware and animal remains.

What can you do?

Please contact us on 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110 to report illegal dumping of rubbish.

Council staff will want to know:

  • Where the rubbish has been dumped?
  • Whether it appears to be dangerous and presents a potential health hazard, e.g. asbestos or animal remains?

Where can I find more information about rubbish and recycling in the Tararua District?

The Tararua District has five transfer stations / landfills and 10 community recycling centres across the district. Kerbside recycling is still provided by Council but the kerbside refuse collection service is provided by private contractors.

For more information, please visit our website:

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