Hazardous and Electronic Waste Disposal

Hazardous waste must be disposed of safely and responsibly to reduce risks to both people and the environment.

The best way to do that is to isolate them from other rubbish and send them for recycling or disposal at special facilities.  

Our Landfill provides a drop-off facility for domestic quantities of household hazardous wastes (HHW). 

An item is hazardous when it is:

  • flammable
  • toxic
  • explosive
  • corrosive
  • radioactive.

Common HHW products include herbicides, pesticides, solvents (methylated spirits), ammonia, bleach, and varnishes/wood polishes, petrol and paint.  

We accept up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kg of any one HHW.  A fee applies which covers the cost of treatment and disposal at specialist sites.   

We also accept:

  • Fluorescent bulbs ($37 for small and $53 for large)
  • Gas cylinders $15 each
  • Lead cell batteries $31/each

View our Fees and Charges here.

Before you bring HHW to the transfer station at the Waitomo District Landfill, we ask that you please:

  • Label the container clearly if you know what the contents are (and the original label is unclear).
  • Make sure the container lid is fitted securely.
  • Transport the containers upright and secured in the boot so that they do not tip over and leak (for example, place the containers in a bag, bin or tray).

On arrival at the Landfill kiosk, please notify the Landfill Attendant that you would like to drop-off hazardous waste.


We accept electronic waste (e-waste) for disposal. E-waste is waste electrical equipment that has become obsolete, broken or unwanted. This includes computers, computer screens, fax machines, home whiteware, TVs and electrical cables, basically anything with a plug.

We support Re:mobile. Unwanted mobile phones can be dropped into the collection bin at the WDC Office, Queen Street Te Kuiti. Follow these steps before you donate your mobile phone:

  1. If the phone still turns on, disconnect it from any cloud service and complete a factory reset to erase any data from the phone.
  2. Remove your sim card from the phone and keep it.
  3. Leave the battery in the phone.
  4. Switch the phone off.

Now your phone is ready to be donated.


Commercial and industrial waste

There are some hazardous wastes that we do not accept at the Landfill like asbestos, agri-chemicals, medical waste, medicines and commercial quantities of hazardous waste. 

Agricultural waste and agrichemicals

Waste from farms such as agrichemicals, silage covers and plastic wrap can be reused, recycled or disposed of in a environmentally responsible way.

Plasback recycle farm plastics such as baleage wrap, silage pit covers, small feed bags, plastic shrink wrap and pallet covers. You can email them, or ring 0508-338240 to find out more.

Agrecovery offer collection of unwanted agrichemicals as well as recycling of plastic containers and large drums. Find out more by visiting their website or ringing 0800 AGRECOVERY (0800-247326).

Agricultural waste collection and disposal