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 e-waste is accepted for free, however a charge applies for TVs and monitors.
Before donating your unwanted electronic devices, make sure you have signed out of any accounts linked to those devices (such as Apple, Samsung or Google accounts) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions about how to properly remove any personal information (such as photos and videos).
Clothes and textiles
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).
Caps and lids
Please bring metal caps and lids to the drop off area where they can be recycled separately.
The following types of waste 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.