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Transfer Stations and Landfills
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Refuse Collection & Recycling Services
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Transfer Stations and Landfills

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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
 $ EFTPOS only (From 1 October 2020)
Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Eketahuna Transfer Station
Marchant Street
$ EFTPOS only
Thursday, Saturday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday: 9.00am - 11.00am
Pahiatua Transfer Station
Ridge Road North
$ EFTPOS only
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm- 4.00pm
Pongaroa Landfill
Urupa Street
Monday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Woodville Transfer Station
Oxford Road
$ Cash or Vouchers only 
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, Eketahuna and Pahiatua (the six trip concession cards are no longer available).

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

You can purchase $30.00 vouchers (car boot only), or $55.00 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 $290.00 per tonne, for all vehicles (with a minimum charge of $6.00).

Green waste is charged at a rate of $85 per tonne (with a minimum charge of $6.00)


A small trailer, with a load of general waste, weighing 50kg, will cost $14.50

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Fees and Charges

  Unit Fee ($)
Pongaroa Landfill; and Eketahuna, Pahiatua, and Woodville Transfer Stations
  General refuse per bag 6.00
  Wheelie bins per bin 10.00
  Car boot load (130kg maximum) per vehicle 30.00
  Utilities, trailers, stationwagons, family vans, and other vehicles (minimum 320kg) per m3 55.00
  Green waste per m3 17.00
  Clean fill per m3 17.00
All Transfer Stations
    Motorbike tyres per tyre 7.00
    Car tyres per tyre 7.00
    4x4 light utility per tyre 10.00
    Truck tyre per tyre 25.00
    Heavy goods per tyre 35.00
    Flat screen televisions/monitors per item 20.00
    All other televisions per item 25.00
Dannevirke Transfer Station only
  Domestic waste - commercial and all vehicles (minimum charge of $6.00 applies for each load) per tonne 290.00
  Green waste and clean fill (minimum charge of $6.00 applies for each load) per tonne 85.00

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Refuse Collection and Recycling Services

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Refuse Collection

Council is no longer selling stickers for refuse collection or supplying stickers to retailers for resale in the Tararua District. This service has now been left to the private sector.

What does that mean? You will now need to either purchase the appropriate bags or stickers for your area, or organise for a wheelie bin. If you are not sure of the appropriate bags or stickers for your area, contact your nearest Council Service Centre.

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.

What about commercial 

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Kerbside Recycling Collection

Kerbside recycling is currently available in Dannevirke, Norsewood, Ormondville, Woodville, Pahiatua and Eketahuna fortnightly. 

Recycling can be placed in a plastic bin, which will be left on the kerbside after collection, or in a cardboard box, which will be collected with the recycling. This must be 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 labels or stickers are required.

Download the collection day calendar here (203KB pdf)

Collection days

Monday: Tuesday: Thursday:
Dannevirke Eketahuna

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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 Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 4pm)

  • 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 Customer Service team 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.

  • Please rinse and squash all containers
  • Remove lids on all bottles and containers
  • Containers should be no larger than 4 litres


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)

  • Egg cartons

  • Hard Plastics - 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

  • Clear plastic takeaway food containers

  • Drink cans – aluminium and steel

  • Empty aerosol cans

  • Steel and tin cans

  • Glass bottles and jars (Recycling centres only - no kerbside collection)

  • Household rubbish, food waste, garden waste

  • Polystyrene – including meat trays

  • Plastic bags, cling wrap

  • Soft Plastics*

  • painted or wax paper

  • Disposable nappies

  • Hot ashes, garden waste

  • Seedling or plant pots

  • Drinking glasses

  • Pyrex cookware

  • Window or windscreen glass

  • Mirrors, frosted or crystal glass

  • Light bulbs

  • Ceramics, crockery, porcelain

  • All types of batteries

  • Pots and pans

  • Plastic cutlery and plates

  • Old clothes, shoes

  • Electronic and electrical items

  • Printer and toner cartridges

  • Toys, buckets or baskets

  • Rope, string or plastic strapping

  • CDs and CD cases

  • Bubble wrap or shrink wrap

  • Paint tins, fuel oil containers

  • Containers/bottles larger than 4 litres

  • Shellfish and fish waste

  • Hazardous waste and chemicals and other toxic material 

  • Medical waste

  • Building waste

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* What are soft plastics? 

Anything that can easily be scrunched up in your hand, such as:

  • Food wrap
  • Bread bags
  • Wrapping (such as from toilet paper and muesli bars)
  • Chip packets
  • Frozen vegetable packaging
  • Shopping bags
  • Biscuit packaging

Examples of plastic types that WILL be accepted at our recycling centres

  • Plastic type 1 - water, juice and soft drinks
  • Plastic type 2 - milk shampoo and cleaning product bottles and containers 
  • Plastic type 3 - clear food packaging, certain biscuit trays and coffee cup lids
  • Plastic type 5 - take away meal containers, yoghurt and ice-cream containers.

Examples of plastic types that WILL NOT be accepted at our recycling centres

  • Plastic type 4 - soft plastics such as plastic bags, bread and produce bags, six-pack rings
  • Plastic type 6 - disposable cutlery, plates, some meat trays and styrofoam products
  • Plastic type 7 - other plastics or combined materials used for toys. Tetra pak cartons e.g. long life milk, fruit juice, soups and sauces

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.
  • What day does my recycling get collected?
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