Council rubbish bags

All rubbish must be in an official Wellington City Council rubbish bag. Find out where to get yours.

Official rubbish bag.
Official Council rubbish bag

Why use official Council rubbish bags?

Your rubbish must be in an official yellow Council rubbish bag in order for it to be picked up from the kerbside by our collectors. Wellington rubbish collections are funded through the cost of these bags.

Yellow bags must be presented at kerbside for collection. If taken to the Southern Landfill they will incur a minimum charge for disposal.

How much are Council rubbish bags?

The recommended retail price (GST included) for our official Council bags is:

  • $17.50 for five bags
  • $3.50 per bag.

Where can I buy Council rubbish bags?

You can buy official Council rubbish bags at:

Weight limit

The 50L yellow bags have a weight limit of 15kg. If your rubbish bag exceeds this weight it may not be collected.

Green waste

Rubbish bags cannot contain more than 10% green waste. Green waste can be composted at home or dropped off for composting at the Southern Landfill – Transfer Station.

Collector safety

For the safety of our collectors, please thoroughly wrap any sharp objects, such as broken glass, crockery and metal, before disposal.

Hazardous waste can’t go in council rubbish bags. Find out more about what items are unsuitable for kerbside rubbish collection.