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 recycling page.

For information on where loose batteries can be dropped off free of charge, please visit our Battery Disposal Guidelines page.

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 – 2.30pm
Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Day CLOSED
* Entry gates are closed to vehicles 4.20pm every day

Fees and Charges 2022-23

Prices include GST.




General bag - up to 65 litres (maximum of 3) $6 $5
65 Litre prepaid Betta Bins bag Free  
0.0-0.5m3 (car boot) Minimum charge 0.5m3 $40 $19
0.5 – 1.0m3 $78 $42
1.0 – 1.5m3 $118 $57
1.5 – 2.0m3 $156 $84
Thereafter per m3 $78 $42
Hazardous (residential, up to 2kg or 1 litre) $1  
Hazardous thereafter per kg or litre $3  
Tyres - car $12  
Tyres - ute/SUV $25  
Tyres - on rim $33  
Tyres - truck or tractor $115  
Tyres - (shredded) per m3 $235  
Hardfill and Demolition $345  

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.