Things to think about before you drop off waste

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to save on tip fees and save the planet.

Recycling symbol

Not everything needs to go into the ground.

The Southern Landfill is Wellington'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.

We have special collection points at the Transfer Station and Recycling Centre for ewaste, green waste and hazardous household products. Find out more about the kinds of waste accepted and what to take where.

Reduce, reuse and recycle your waste

You can help by:

Sort and save at the Tip Shop and Recycle Centre

Save money by sorting out your rubbish beforehand. The first drop-off points at the landfill are the Tip Shop and the Recycle Centre. The rest of your waste can be taken to the transfer station at the top of the site.

The Tip Shop

You can donate goods in reasonable condition to the Tip Shop.

Ewaste can be dropped off at the Tip Shop for reuse or recycling.

Recycle Centre

You can drop off the following types of waste at the recycle centre bins:

  • glass bottles
  • paper and cardboard
  • plastic
  • aluminium cans.

Clothes can be put into the clothing bins (which are run by a private organisation), or taken to the Tip Shop.

Colourful design image of the landfill and a digger with a wind turbine in the background

The future of the Southern Landfill

We have only four years left until the current stage of the Southern Landfill is full. It's time to talk about what we do with our waste?

Find out more at The future of the Southern Landfill