Unsuitable for kerbside rubbish collection

The Council will collect rubbish that is suitable for collection and in our official rubbish bags.

To find out more about which items can and can't be recycled check out our What to do with your waste search.

Hazardous waste

You cannot put hazardous waste in your rubbish such as:

  • paints, chemicals and solvents
  • car batteries
  • garden pesticide and weed killer
  • gases and propellants
  • fire alarms
  • CFL power-saving lightbulbs and other fluorescent lamps (they have mercury in them)

These items are a hazard to our collectors. Take household hazardous waste products to the hazardous waste store at the Southern Landfill Transfer Station.

Garden/green waste

Large amounts of garden waste are not suitable for collections. Take green waste (such as grass clippings, hedge trimmings, small logs and soil) to the Southern Landfill for composting, or compost it at home.

Large amounts of rubbish

You may have large volumes of rubbish that is unsuitable for collections in the Council's official rubbish bags. The 70 litre Council rubbish bags have a weight limit of 15kg. If your rubbish bag exceeds this weight it may not be collected. You may consider:

Private waste collectors:

  • Transpacific AllBrite Limited 04 568 5521
  • Full Circle 0800 732 925

Sharp or dangerous objects – Safety of our collectors

Do not leave sharp or dangerous objects in your rubbish. To ensure the safety of our collectors please ensure any sharp or dangerous items are wrapped safely in paper.


Under the Waste Management Bylaw fines of up to $400 can apply if you:

  • leave rubbish out for collection that is not in an official Wellington City Council rubbish bag
  • do not remove any rubbish which Council staff have left behind because it is unsuitable for collection.

Report people who dump rubbish

Report people who dump rubbish on the side of the road, by streams, on beaches or in our parks and reserves. This pollutes our environment and harms wildlife. Report via our 
Contact Centre.