Rubbish collection and disposal
Find out about rubbish collection services in Nelson. Rubbish collection is operated on a 'user pays' system provided by commercial operators.
General refuse bag collection service
Two companies offer a rubbish bag collection service; both are user-pays systems. Please contact them directly for all information, including collection days.
2 Bullen Street, Tahunanui, Nelson
23 Forests Road
Phone: 547 0642
Bags from Nelmac are available for purchase from the Council office in Trafalgar Street or you can contact both companies directly for details on where else bags can be purchased. Both will accept bags (at no extra charge) if you miss your collection. For Can Plan customers, drop it off at the Forests Road depot. For Nelmac customers, drop it off at the Pascoe Street Transfer Station.
General refuse wheelie bin collections
The companies listed below offer a range of bin collection services. Please contact them directly to find out what they offer:
23 Forests Road
Phone: 547 0642
EnviroWaste Services Limited
42 Quarantine Road
Phone: 547 3389
0800 240 120
Urgent after hours: 027 449 1247
2 Bullen Street
Phone: 546 0910
36 Venice Place
Phone: 548 1166
The Council runs a transfer station in Vivian Place (off Pascoe Street) Tahunanui, for car, trailer, and small truck loads of waste. There are restrictions on hazardous waste that will be accepted. Phone +64 3 548 5760
|Days||Hours of operation|
|Monday - Friday||8:00am - 4:30pm|
|Saturday (summer, 1 Sept - 31 Apr)||8.00am - 4.30pm|
|Saturday (winter, 1 May - 31 Aug)||9.00am - 4.30pm|
|Sunday and public holidays||10.00am - 4.30pm|
|Tuesday Night (during daylight saving)||8.00am - 7.00pm|
|Anzac Day||1.00pm - 4.30pm|
|Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Day||CLOSED|
|Waste||Green waste from 1 July 2018||General Refuse from 1 July 2018|
|0.0 - 0.5m³ (car boot) (minimum charge)||$16 per load||$23.40 per load|
|0.5 - 1.0m³||$35 per load||$46.80 per load|
|1.0 - 1.5m³||$48 per load||$70.10 per load|
|1.5 - 2.0m³||$70 per load||$93.50 per load|
|thereafter||$35 per m³||$46.80 per load|
|Commercial operators dumping hardfill / demolition material||$210 per m³|
|Tyres - Car||$7.10 per tyre|
|Tyres - Truck||$20.30 per tyre|
|Tyres - On rim||$15.30 per tyre|
|Tyres - tractor or similar, off rim||$71.10 per tyre|
|0 - 2kg (household only-per load)||Free|
|thereafter (household only)||$2.00 per kg|
Kerbside recycling is easy and will save you money. Learn more in our recycling section.
The Council operates a landfill in York Valley, Bishopdale, but only for commercial operators and compacted loads from the Transfer Station.
|Days||Hours of operation|
|Monday - Friday||8.00am - 4.30pm|
|Saturday||12noon - 4.00pm|
|Sunday & public holidays||CLOSED|
Strict controls are exercised on the dumping of hazardous waste and liquid waste. For enquires on this please contact the Council. Phone +64 3 546 0200.
There is a processing time of 10 working days for all manifest applications requiring no other details/information.
- Solid Waste Application Form Disposal of Hazardous Waste Form (166KB PDF)
- Asbestos disposal manifest and certificate (476KB PDF)
- York Valley Landfill Meth Lab Contaminant Disposal Manifest Form (740KB PDF)
|Waste||From 1 July 2018|
|All Rubbish (except as below)||$141.00 per tone|
|Buried rubbish (e.g. documents, odorous materials)||$141.00 per tonne (plus all associated costs)|
|Asbestos||$141.00 per tonne (plus all associated costs)|
|Light waste (e.g. polystyrene or similar)||$1800.00 per tonne|
Cost per tonne (excl. GST)
From 1 July 2018
|Weighbridge Cost Code|
0 – 17,000 Tonne
$112.00 per tonne
> 17,000 Tonne
$106.50 per tonne
Soil that has been tested, meets the NESCS recreation standards and can be used as construction or cover material. Residential only.
$74.50 per tonne
Cleanfill material, free of contamination, subject to approval
7 -35 tonne quantities from A10 sites may be accepted without testing. Only commercial transporters are allowed to enter the landfill (no private individuals). A manifest must be completed with site plan and plot number from where material was sourced.
Other hazardous waste
Other hazardous waste from your home must also be taken to the Transfer Station instead of going out with your rubbish, including:
- Plant and pest sprays
- Waste oil
- LPG bottles
- Household chemicals
- Paints and wood stains
- Certain light bulbs and batteries - refer to the manufacturers advice
Wet paint cannot be disposed of at the Transfer Station. Please arrange disposal with the paint manufacturer or a paint store.
A10 HAIL Acceptance Criteria York Valley Landfill
No testing required prior to acceptance (NCC to Test)
- Tonnage 7> to <35Tonne
- Only material from A10 site not multiple classifications
- Only material from within Nelson city boundaries will be accepted.
- Only commercial transporters are allowed to enter the landfill (no private individual)
- Manifest to be completed with site plan and plot number.
From 1 Sept 2017, there is a fee of $71.50 per ton rate for soil that has been tested, meets the NESCS recreation standards and can be used as construction or cover material. Residential only.
Find out more
You can get more information about safe disposal of hazardous waste on the Ministry for the Environment website.
Waste Management Plan
The Council adopted the Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan in April 2012. The vision of this plan is: "valuing resources and minimising waste".
Cutting down the amount of waste we generate and discard, so that the community uses all its resources efficiently and at a sustainable rate, is the long term challenge for Nelson.
processing time 10 working days for all manifest applications requiring no other details/information