Waste Management

Last updated: 19 Sep, 2023 12:46pm

Urban Refuse Collection

A domestic refuse collection is carried out once a week for urban Carterton residents on Mondays. Where a public holiday falls on Monday the collection will take place the following day.

Please refer to your collection calendar.

Rubbish must be in an official bag which can be purchased from the council office, local supermarket, and selected dairies for $3.50 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;

  • 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.
  • Plastic bags are cheaper than conventional paper refuse bags thus saving the cost to ratepayers.
  • Overall atmospheric emissions for plastic bag production are 60-70% less than for paper bags.
  • Residents feel more inclined to recycle to avoid unnecessarily filling a plastic refuse bag.

Hazardous 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 Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

Check out WorkSafe’s website for more information on hazardous substances.

Don’t waste it, recreate it


Special Wastes

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. It is illegal to burn it, and should be recycled through AgRecovery or landfills.

The plastic used to make these products can be recycled but contamination issues make it difficult to recycle.

Visit www.agrecovery.co.nz for more information, or call 0800 247 326


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.

Illegal dumping: What a mess!

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.