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 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 Landfill, please visit the Tip Shop & Recycle Centre first.
You can donate goods in reasonable condition to the Tip Shop for resale.
Ewaste should be dropped off at the Tip Shop for reuse or recycling. Most ewaste is accepted for free, however a charge applies for TVs and monitors.
Good quality clothing and textiles can be donated to the Tip Shop or put into the clothing bins at the Recycle Centre (run by a private organisation).
The following types of waste need to be dropped off at the Recycle Centre bins:
- glass bottles and jars
- paper and cardboard
- plastics with the recycling symbol and the numbers 1, 2 and 5
- aluminium cans and steel tins.
Then head up to the Transfer Station to drop off green waste, tyres, batteries, hazardous waste and general rubbish.
We have collection points at the Transfer Station for hazardous household products, green waste and tyres. Find out more about the kinds of waste accepted and what to take where.
Any remaining waste which can’t be separated out goes into the Transfer Station pit and from there into the landfill.
As you enter the Transfer Station please let our weigh bridge staff know if you have items to separate out. If you have more than one type of waste you may be asked to loop back through the weighbridge so that the correct charges can be applied.