Not everything needs to go into the ground
The Southern Landfill is Wellington City's only remaining landfill – so we need to minimise the amount of waste going there.
On average, New Zealanders send over a tonne of rubbish per household to landfill every year. This waste is not reprocessed or recycled, and doesn't break down significantly over time. Disposing of waste at landfills means we are not using our resources efficiently.
The Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2020 provides rules and controls to help reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill.
Hazardous waste, green waste, tyres, ewaste, batteries and recyclable materials now need to be separated out before entering the Southern Landfill site.
Reduce, reuse and recycle your waste
You can help by:
Planning your visit to the Southern Landfill
Tip Shop and Recycle Centre
When you arrive at the Southern Landfill site, please visit the Tip Shop and Recycle Centre first.
At the Tip Shop you can drop off various items for resale or recycling.
The following types of recyclables need to be dropped off at the Recycle Centre bins:
- glass bottles and jars
- paper and cardboard
- plastic grocery packaging with the numbers 1, 2 and 5
- aluminium cans and steel tins.
Then head up to the Transfer Station.