Waste Management


The Carterton District Council's commitment to the Zero Waste philosophy in 2001 was a continuation of a commitment to waste reduction andthe protection of the environment. This commitment aims for Zero Residual Waste requiring landfill disposal by the year 2015.
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Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle!

These words are the 3R’s of waste management in order of their priority. If every person did their best to reduce rubbish, re-use what they could, and recycle where possible, the problem of disposing of rubbish at landfills would greatly diminish.

Reducing – wise shopping, eg: avoid excess packaging, and use cloth bags instead of plastic supermarket bags. New Zealander’s use 800 million plastic bags a year – enough to stretch to the moon!

Reusing – choose products you can use over and over again rather than disposable ones. Think before you dump, can someone else find a use for what you don’t want? Check out the Enviromart waste exchange Phone: 0800 4 EXCHANGE (439 242) or go to www.enviromart.org.nz

Recycling - Carterton residents are great at recycling – since kerbside recycling was introduced in October 2003 over 115 tonnes has been diverted from going to landfill. This equates to about 1.6 kgs per household per week. Keep up the good work! Recycling day is Monday every week. If your recycling bin has been lost, stolen or strayed extra bins can be purchased from Council at the subsidised cost of $11.50.recycle

What You Can Recycle in your Kerbside Bin

Paper and corrugated cardboard
Paper, magazines, etc can be tied in a bundle and placed on your bin. Please flatten all corrugated cardboard. If it doesn’t all fit in the bin provided, please visit the transfer or recycling station.

Aluminium drink cans and metal food tins.
Please clean pet food, fish cans and others that smell. Wash and squash!

All bottles marked with ‘1’ to ‘7’ except ‘6 EPS’ (Look on the bottom of container for the number). Includes all milk and soft drink bottles, some ice cream containers, detergent and shampoo bottles. (Please take tops off as they are not made of recyclable plastic, apart from milk bottle tops which are ok to leave on).

Clean, unbroken bottles and jars. Please remove tops. NB: All glass must be placed in your green bin, if you leave glass in cardboard boxes or outside the bin it will not be picked up as it has been known to cause injury to the recycling workers. No broken drinking glasses, window/mirror glass, crystal, ceramics, pottery or light bulbs please.

Recycling Facilities in Carterton
Dalefield Road Transfer Station – Comprehensive recycling facilities are available at Dalefield Road Transfer Station.

Dalefield Road Transfer Stationtransfer station

Dalefield Road provides a comprehensive recovery operation which includes:

  • separation and shredding of green waste
  • collecting and crushing of derelict car bodies
  • recycling of glass bottles
  • recycling of plastics '1' to '7'
  • recycling of paper and corrugated cardboard.
  • recycling of white ware and other metal
  • 2nd hand goods operation
  • recycling of nickel based batteries

Dalefield Road Transfer Station charges and opening hours please click on the link: Charges and opening hours

Council Urban Refuse Collectionurban recycling

A domestic refuse collection is carried out once a week in Carterton on Mondays.  Where a public holiday falls on Monday the collection will take place on the same day.  Rubbish must be in an official bag which can be purchased from the Council Office, local supermarket and some dairies for $2.70 each.  The bag charge includes the cost of collection and disposal.

Why use plastic bags?
There a number of reasons why Carterton District Council decided to change their refuse collection bags from paper to plastic;

  • Plastic bags are cheaper than conventional paper rubbish bags thus saving the cost to ratepayers.
  • The landfill volume occupied by plastic bags is 70 -75% less.
  • There is an assumption that paper decomposes rapidly. This only occurs if there is enough water. There are examples of forty year old newspapers from old landfills discovered unaffected by age.
  •  Overall atmospheric emissions for plastic bag production are 60-70% less than for paper bags.
  • Plastic bag production contributes over 90% less waterborne wastes than for paper bags.

Hazardous Wasteshazardous wastes
Hazardous waste comes in many forms - ranging from sludges resulting from timber treatment processes to waste cell phone batteries. There is a significant risk to human health and the environment if hazardous wastes are improperly managed.
If you work with pesticides, explosives, poisons, paints, adhesives, cleaners, petrol, solvents or any other hazardous substance, you need to know about the HSNO Act. For more information on hazardous substances check out www.hsno.govt.nz


Special Wastes
Farm plastics: www.agrecovery.co.nz (0800 247 326)
It is estimated that annually 8,000 tonnes of plastic is used in New Zealand agriculture as silage wrap and agrichemical containers. It is better from an environmental point of view, if farmers and growers deliver their plastics to a facility for recycling, rather than burn them or bury them on the farm. The plastic used to make these products can be recycled but contamination issues make it difficult to recycle. Processes are currently being developed and trialed to produce products such as fence battens. Watch this space!

Each year, an estimated 3-4 million tyres reach the end of their useful life in New Zealand, while some are reused by farmers on silage heaps, and some are converted into other products (such as rubber mats for children’s playgrounds), the vast majority go to landfills. However, whole tyres can cause problems in landfills. This is because of the comparatively large amount of space they take up, because they cannot be compacted, and because they present an explosion and fire risk.

Tyre Track, a new collection system for end-of-life tyres is now available. Freephone 0508 TYRE TRACK (0508 897 387) or visit www.tyretrack.co.nz

Agrecovery was established in 2005 to address persistent “on farm” waste issues.   Agrecovery provides New Zealand farmers and growers with nationwide agrichemical container, silage wrap and crop protection net recycling as well as a programme for the collection of unwanted chemicals.  For more information please visit the Agrecovery website http://www.agrecovery.co.nz/

A $2 million state of the art tyre recycling operation opened its doors on 7 July 2004. Auckland based TyreReclaim's shredding and processing machinery will allow tyres to be processed into high quality material suitable for recycling into commercial products, such as playground safety matting and rubber modified roading asphalt. For more details see: www.tyrereclaim.co.nz
Ink cartridges:

The Toner Recycling Centre (phone 0800 180 160) www.trconline.co.nz will collect all your laser and ink cartridges free of charge, they are then converted into plastic wood which in turn goes to make environmentally friendly furniture and building products.
For more information on reusing/recycling other special wastes please check out Enviromart waste exchange Phone: 0800 4 EXCHANGE (439 242) or go to www.enviromart.org.nz
Alternatively you can contact your Waste Minimisation Officer on (06) 378 9666

ILLEGAL DUMPING – what a MESS!illegal dumping

Some people continue to dump their household rubbish around the district and even in the street-side litter bins around town. This is not appreciated and, in fact, if offenders are identified they may be prosecuted! The small rubbish bins around town are provided for pedestrians to avoid littering the streets.


Why Worms?

  • It’s an EASY and FUN way for people of all ages to recycle kitchen waste as rich compost. TRY IT!
  • Environmentally it makes good sense. It saves you money by reducing the amount of organic waste going to landfill. It is a simple, cost-effective natural way of recycling your organic kitchen waste.
  • Worms are fun and make good pets for children. They are an excellent way to help children become environmentally aware, and are a fascinating addition to any school’s science/environmental curriculum.
  • Properly maintained it is an odourless system.

The benefits from composting with worms:

  • Worm composting can be undertaken all year round both inside and out. The great advantage is that it provides people with limited space an effective way of recycling their kitchen waste.
  • Being a natural plant food and soil conditioner, worm compost provides an excellent high quality material particularly suitable for container growing, but equally as good for enriching the garden.
  • Worms can compost waste faster than any other type of composting method!

Worm facts

  • Worms have no eyes, ears or lungs! They breathe through their skin.
  • Worms have 5 hearts!
  • Each worm is capable of consuming its own weight in organic waste every day.
  • Earthworms are hermaphrodites (which means a worm has both male and female sex organs) but they still need a partner to mate with. After mating each worm lays an egg which can contain up to 20 worms.
  • Composting worms can breed and lay an egg every 7-10 days, whereas pasture worms may only breed 2 or 3 times a year.
  • Worms are wonderful recyclers, and they’ll eat a variety of foods including paper!

Amazing Waste Facts – Did you know?

  • 31,000 tonnes of waste is generated every year in the Wairarapa (including green waste and recyclables), that would fill a rugby field stacked up to the height of a 6 storey building!
  • 45% of household waste is organic materials - let’s compost it!
  • Every New Zealander uses 3-5 trees per year for their paper needs.
  • New Zealand recycles only 20% of its paper when it could recycle 75%.
  • Paper can be recycled up to 5 times.
  • Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for three hours or to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours.
  • Polystyrene has 50% more energy per kg than coal.
  • Five recycled plastic bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
  • For every tonne of paper we recycle:
  • 13 trees are saved
  • 31 780 litres of water are saved
  • 2.5 barrels of oil are saved
  • 4000 kW of electricity are saved
  • an area 4m x 4m of landfill space is saved.

One Planet eBook

Check out the One Planet eBook produced by the Waste Joint Committee! This book will tell you everything you need to know about local resource recovery, the global implications of waste, and the importance of each individual doing their bit. The One Planet eBook is designed to be easy to navigate and reads like a book with chapters and content guides. The eBook has been put together to offer a one-stop shop for a vast range of information, videos and links on waste and its issues.
click here to read it:    http://www.oneplanet.org.nz/ebook_vol1