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 Transfer Stations and Landfills 
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Refuse Collection & Recycling Services 
Collection Days    Recycling Centre Locations    What can I recycle?


Transfer Stations and Landfills

Locations and Hours  |  General Information  |  Fees and Charges  | 

Facility Locations and Hours of Operation

All transfer stations and landfills are closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and on the morning of ANZAC Day. On all other public holidays all transfer stations are open for their normal hours of operation. 

  Dannevirke Transfer Station
  Easton Street 


   Monday to Friday                   9:00am - 4:00pm
   Saturday                              10:30am - 4:00pm
   Sunday                                12:00pm - 4:00pm 


  Eketahuna Landfill
  Marchant Street
   Thursday, Saturday,
   Sunday                                    2:00pm - 4:00pm

  Pahiatua Transfer Station
  Ridge Road North

   Wednesday, Sunday              1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Friday                                    1:00pm - 4.00pm


  Pongaroa Landfill
  Urupa Street
   Monday                                10:00am - 1:00pm 

  Woodville Transfer Station
  Oxford Road
   Wednesday                           9:00am - 11:00am
   Saturday                                  2:00pm - 5:00pm

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General Information


Individual vouchers can be purchased from the Council’s service centres in Woodville, Pahiatua, and Eketahuna (the six trip concession cards are no longer available).

A voucher will allow you one load to either the Woodville or Pahiatua Transfer Station's, or the Eketahuna or Pongaroa Landfills. Please note: Vouchers are not accepted at the Dannevirke Transfer Station.

You can purchase $17.00 vouchers (car only), or $37.00 vouchers (equivalent to one cubic metre). Hand your voucher to the Landfill/Transfer Station attendee upon arriving to dispose of your refuse.

Dannevirke Transfer Station

At the Dannevirke facility, all domestic and green waste is no longer charged by vehicle or load size - it is now charged by weight.

The weight is calculated by weighing all vehicles (including trailers) in and out of the Transfer Station, you will be charged on a per tonne basis for the weight of the rubbish and green waste dropped off at the site.

Domestic waste is charged at a rate of $130.00 per tonne, for all vehicles (with a minimum charge of $3.80).

Green waste is charged at a rate of $85 per tonne (with a minimum charge of $3.80) 


A small trailer, with a load of general waste, weighing 50kg, will cost $6.50

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Fees and Charges

Dannevirke Transfer Station

Domestic waste
all vehicles; minimum charge $3.80

per tonne

Green waste / clean fill
minimum charge $3.80


per tonne


All Landfills; and Pahiatua and Woodville Transfer Stations

Car boot load
130kg maximum

per vehicle

All other vehicles
minimum 320kg

per cubic metre

Green waste / clean fill

per cubic metre

General refuse 

per bag

Wheelie bins

per bin


All Transfer Stations

Flat screen televisions/monitors   

 $20 each

All other televisions  

$25 each

Motorbike tyres   

 $7.00 each

Car tyres  

 $7.00 each

4x4 light utility  

 $10.00 each

Truck tyres  

 $25.00 each

Heavy goods  

 $35.00 each



Refuse Collection and Recycling Services

|  Refuse Collection  |  Kerbside Recycling Collection  |

|  Community Recycling Centres  |  What can I recycle at the Recycling Centre?  |


Refuse Collection

What is happening to kerbside refuse collection? Council is no longer selling stickers for refuse collection at or supply refuse labels to retailers for resale in the Tararua District.

What does that mean? Kerbside refuse collection will continue as normal. The difference is, instead of purchasing the Council stickers for refuse collection, you will now need to either purchase yellow Budget Waste bags, or organise for a wheelie bin.

Do I need to organise for a wheelie bin? Only if you want to! The refuse truck will continue to perform weekly collections, so if you don’t want a wheelie bin then you can continue to put your rubbish out for collection as normal (using the yellow Budget Waste bags).

What if I have Council stickers leftover, can I still use these? The short answer is yes, you can. The Council stickers can be used until 30 September 2017. After this date, the stickers will no longer be valid and you will need to swap to the yellow Budget Waste bags or organise a wheelie bin. Please note, only yellow Budget Waste bags will be collected.

Why is this happening? On 27 May 2015, through considering submissions following consultation on the Draft Long Term Plan 2015/2025, Council made the decision to exit the provision of kerbside refuse collection and leave it to the private sector, who can provide this service to the community more cost effectively than Council.

What about collection for kerbside recycling? Council has no plans to exit the kerbside recycling collection service. Council will continue to provide recycling and transfer stations/landfills regardless of the decisions made for kerbside refuse collection.

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Kerbside Recycling Collection

Kerbside recycling is currently available in Dannevirke, Norsewood, Ormondville, Woodville, Pahiatua, Makuri, Pongaroa, Eketahuna, Alfredton, Herbertville, and Akitio.

All recycling must be separated out into individual, securely tied, supermarket bags and placed at the kerbside by 7:00am on the day of collection. Plastic, paper, cardboard and cans will be collected kerbside. Please note, there is no kerbside collection for glass.

Kerbside Recycling Collection is FREE! No refuse labels are required.

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Community Recycling Centres

The Tararua District has ten recycling centres, the locations are as follows:

Akitio  -  at the camping ground

Dannevirke  -  at the Transfer Station, Easton Street (hours above)

Eketahuna  -  behind the Service Centre, corner of Wilson Lane & Bridge Street

Herbertville  -  at the Tautane Road intersection

Norsewood  -  on Odin Street, alongside the Crown Hotel

Ormondville  -  at the Community Hall (glass and cardboard only)

Pahiatua  -  on the corner of Queen and Tudor Streets (open every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 9.00am - 4.00pm)

Pongaroa  -  in the Community Hall carpark

Weber  -  at the Weber Hall

Woodville  -  at the Community Centre carpark, Ross Street

If you have any queries regarding recycling, or any other solid waste matters, please call our Waste Services Contracts Supervisor on 06 374 4080.

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What can I recycle at a Community Recycling Centre?

Please note: The below list is for Community Recycling Centre's only. Kerbside Recycling Collection will only cover plastic, paper, cardboard and cans - no glass.


You can recycle these items.




You cannot recycle these items.


Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, brochures

Cardboard and non-foil wrapping paper

Dry food packages – e.g. flattened cereal boxes

Telephone directories

Writing paper, and envelopes (including those with windows)

Type 1, 2, 3, & 5 plastics – look for the recycling symbol, usually at the bottom of the container

Plastic milk bottles, soft drink bottles

Plastic shampoo/conditioner, household cleaner bottles

Yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, ice-cream containers

Drink cans – aluminium and steel

Rinsed food tins

Glass bottles and jars





Household rubbish, food waste

Polystyrene – including meat trays

Disposable nappies

Hot ashes, garden waste

Seedling or plant pots

Drinking glasses

Window or windscreen glass

Mirrors, frosted or crystal glass

Light bulbs

Ceramics, crockery, porcelain

Old clothes, shoes

Computers, household batteries

Toys, buckets or baskets

Bubble wrap or shrink wrap

Paint tins, fuel oil containers

Containers/bottles larger than 4 litres

Shellfish and fish waste

Other toxic material


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Frequently Asked Questions

Refuse collection in Tararua is changing. We are currently working on updating the frequently asked questions below. To find out more about the changes to refuse collection, please click here.


  1. What is the cost of dumping general waste and green waste?
    At the Dannevirke Transfer Station, domestic waste for all vehicles is charged at $130/tonne e.g. 50kg = $6.50
    For all other transfer stations//landfills, the cost is $17.00 per carload, $37.00 per van or trailer load (equivalent to 1m3) for general waste. The cost for dumping green waste at all landfills/transfer stations - apart from Dannevirke - is $17.00m3.
  2. If my collecting day is a public holiday when will my rubbish be collected?
    In most cases it won't change, however, be sure to check Council alerts for any changes.
  3. If I live outside of town, can I take my rubbish into town to be collected?
    Yes, as long as it is placed anywhere in the collection zone along the kerbside in the appropriate bag. Alternatively, take it to the nearest Transfer Station / Landfill.
  4. Why don't I get kerbside collection?
    Most likely because you are outside the collection zone. If you live outside the town boundary, and still want your rubbish collected, you will need to take it into the collection zone and ensure it is in the correct bag. Alternatively, you can take it to your nearest Transfer Station / Landfill.
  5. How much does it cost to drop off old televisions and white goods?
    Whiteware is free to dispose of at any Tararua District Transfer Station / Landfill. Televisions cost between $20.00 and $25.00 depending on the type. Please refer to Fees and Charges for specific costs.
  6. What day does my recycling get collected?
    You can see this above, click here to jump back up the page.
  7. Why wasn't my rubbish bag collected?
    As long as it is in a yellow Budget Waste bag or has a council sticker clearly displayed (up till the 30 September 2017), is no heavier that 15kg and it has been left kerbside within the collection zone, it should be collected. Be sure to have it kerbside no later than 7:00am on the day of collection. If your yellow Budget Waste rubbish bag was not collected, please call 0800 240 120.

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Additional Resources & Information



Information on this page will provide further information on the where to find more information on the testing and disposal of hazardous substances.
If a property is in such a condition that it causes nuisance, Environmental Health Officers can investigate.
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