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Nelson Waste Recovery Centre

The Council runs a Nelson Waste Recovery Centre (previously known as the 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. Please call 546 0200 for more information.

From 1 November 2021, items with a battery will no longer be accepted as refuse at the Waste Recovery Centre. More information on how to dispose of e-waste items with a battery can be found on our e-waste recyling page. at

For information on where loose batteries can be dropped off free of charge, go here:  


Holiday Hours  

The Nelson Waste Recovery Centre at Tāhunanui will close at the earlier time of 2.30pm on 24 December.

Closed Christmas Day

Sunday 26, Monday 27, Tuesday 28  December open 10am – 4.30pm

Wednesday 29, Thursday 30, Fri 31 December open 8am – 4.30pm

Closed New Year’s Day

Sunday 2, Monday 3, Tuesday 4 January open 10am – 4.30pm



Normal hours of operation
Days Hours of operation*
Monday – Saturday 8.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday and public holidays 10.00am – 4.30pm
Anzac day 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Christmas Eve 8.00am – 4.30pm
Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Day CLOSED
* Entry gates are closed to vehicles 4.20pm every day


General reuse bag (up to 65 litres, maximum of 3) $5
0-0.5m³ (car boot) Minium charge for 0.5m³ $35
0.5m-1m³ $68
1-1.5m³ $103
1.5-2.0m³ $136
Thereafter per m³ $68
Hardfill and demolition per m³ $300


Bag Up to 65 litre, maximum of 3 $4
up to 0.5mCar boot (excluding wagons). Minimum charge 0.5M3 $17
0.5 to 1mWagon, small trailer $38
1M3 to 1.5m3 $52
1.5M3 to 2m3 $76
Thereafter per m3 $38


Residential quantities of tyres

from 1 July 2021

Tyres - Car

$10 per tyre

Tyres - Truck

$29 per tyre

Tyres - On rim

$22 per tyre

Tyres - tractor or similar, off rim

$100 per tyre

Tyres (shredded) per m³


Hazardous Waste - household only

Asbestos will not be accepted at the Transfer Station.

Hazardous waste (household only)

Hazardous waste Charge
0 - 2kg (household only-per load) Free
thereafter (household only) $2.00 per kg

The Council operates a landfill in York Valley, Bishopdale, but only for commercial operators and compacted loads from the Transfer Station. Learn more and see the pricing.