Waste Minimisation

Waitomo District Council's aim is to improve awareness of the benefits and services available in support of waste minimisation including:

  • Educating and promoting the benefits of: waste separation at source, recycling and waste minimisation.
  • Supporting the community initiatives for waste reduction.
  • Encouraging home composting.


Recycling household waste

Recycling separates waste items from the residual waste stream and reprocesses the materials to create new products.

Currently the waste items that can be recycled are paper, cardboard, plastic types 1 & 2 only, tin/ aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars.


Unused mobile phone recycling

Drop off your unused mobile phone to Waitomo District Council and raise money for Sustainable Coastlines.

All mobile phones, smart phones, batteries, charging units, data cables and head-sets are accepted regardless of condition (working or non-working), make or model.

Simple place your unwanted mobile phone and accessories in the Sustainable Coastlines collection bin provided in the reception area of Waitomo District Council.


Event Waste Minimisation

WDC encourages Event Waste Minimisation to ensure that waste is being disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

We have developed an Event Waste Management Guide (PDF, 3.59 Mb)for you to download and complete. If you would like to find out more about waste minimisation at your event, please contact WDC on freephone 0800 932 4357.


Household waste

In addition to recycling your household items through the Kerbside Recycling Collection Service, there are many ways that you can reduce your household waste.

Composting at home

We promote composting of organic and food waste to reduce rubbish disposal costs and grow a healthy and plentiful garden.

Composting is beneficial for the following reasons:

  • It helps to reduce the harmful effects of organic waste in landfill (eg, water pollution, emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, and bad smells)
  • It helps to reduce the need for chemical fertilisers in your garden
  • It can help families to reduce their household rubbish disposal costs; and
  • Composting at home means less space needed for garden waste in landfill.

To find out more about composting at home, view our publications "A Guide to Composting at Home" and "Great tips for composting at home" (PDF, 1.05 Mb)

Reuse Shop

The Re-Use Shop located at the Waitomo District Landfill will take anything that is re-usable that could be prevented from going to the landfill.

Items that are re-useable, need to be in a condition that would allow for someone else to want to purchase and use again. This can include a variety of goods such as books, shoes, clothes, furniture, gardening equipment, toys, bicycles, dinnerware and more. 

Take your unwanted household items to the Re-use Shop and help to protect our natural environment.


Electronic Waste (e-waste)

The Waitomo District Landfill and rural Waste Transfer Stations accept e-waste for collection. Electronic Waste (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.

Dispose of your e-waste for recycling at the Transfer Station and help to reduce hazardous waste being sent to Landfill.