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Rubbish collection and disposal

Fees for 2020/21 come into effect 1 July 2020.

Find out about rubbish collection services in Nelson. Rubbish collection is operated on a 'user pays' system provided by commercial operators.

General refuse bag collection service

Two companies offer a rubbish bag collection service; both are user-pays systems. Please contact them directly for all information, including collection days. 

Nelmac Nelson

2 Bullen Street, Tahunanui, Nelson 

Tel: 03 546 0910

Can Plan

23 Forests Road
Nelson 7011
Phone: 547 0642

Bags from Nelmac are available for purchase from the Council office in Trafalgar Street or you can contact both companies directly for details on where else bags can be purchased. Both will accept bags (at no extra charge) if you miss your collection. For Can Plan customers, drop it off at the Forests Road depot. For Nelmac customers, drop it off at the Pascoe Street Transfer Station.

General refuse wheelie bin collections

The companies listed below offer a range of bin collection services. Please contact them directly to find out what they offer:

Can Plan

23 Forests Road
Nelson 7011
Phone: 547 0642

EnviroWaste Services Limited

42 Quarantine Road
Nelson 7011
Phone: 547 3389
0800 240 120
Urgent after hours: 027 449 1247

Nelmac Limited

2 Bullen Street
Nelson 7010
Phone: 546 0910

Waste Management

36 Venice Place
Nelson 7010
Phone: 548 1166

For missed bags/collections, please refer directly to the service provider. 

Nelson Waste Recovery Centre (previously 'Transfer station')

The Council runs a Nelson Waste Recovery Centre 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. Phone 546 0200.

Waste Recovery 2021-22 Prices - effective from 1 July 2021 (86KB PDF)

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 4.20 pm every day



Bag 65 litre bag (not Nelmac blue bags ) $4
0.5M3 Car boot (not a wagon) wool bale, 2 wheelie bins $17
0.5 to 1M3 Wagon, small trailer $38
1M3 to 1.5M3   $52
1.5M3 to 2M3   $76
Thereafter per M3   $38 per M3
Charges including GST 
Waste Charges including GST


General Refuse from 1 July 2020

0.0 - 0.5m³ (car boot) (minimum charge)

$29 per load

0.5 - 1.0m³

$57 per load

1.0 - 1.5m³

$86 per load

1.5 - 2.0m³

$114 per load


$57 per m³

Commercial operators dumping hardfill / demolition material

$250 per m³

Residential quantities of tyres

from 1 July 2020

Tyres - Car

$8 per tyre

Tyres - Truck

$24 per tyre

Tyres - On rim

$18 per tyre

Tyres - tractor or similar, off rim

$85 per tyre

Hazardous waste (household only)
Asbestos will not be accepted at the Transfer Station.
Hazardous waste Charge
0 - 2kg (household only-per load) Free
thereafter (household only) $2.00 per kg

Kerbside recycling

Kerbside recycling is easy and will save you money. Learn more in our recycling section.


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

Hours of operation
Days Hours of operation
Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday 12noon - 4.00pm
Sunday & public holidays CLOSED

Hazardous and liquid waste

Strict controls are exercised on the dumping of hazardous waste and liquid waste. For enquires on this please contact the Council. Phone +64 3 546 0200.

There is a processing time of 10 working days for all manifest applications requiring no other details/information.


Charges including GST
Waste from 1 July 2020
All Rubbish (except as below) $171 per tonne
Buried rubbish (e.g. documents, odorous materials) $171 per tonne
Asbestos $171 per tonne (plus all associated costs)
Light waste (e.g. polystyrene or similar) $2180 per tonne


York Valley Landfill Hail Material rates including GST
Quantity from 1 July 2020 Weighbridge Cost Code

0 – 17,000 Tonne

$154 per tonne


> 17,000 Tonne

$146 per tonne


Individual Residential properties with material which has been tested, and meets the NESCS recreation standards, and can be used for construction or cover material, is accepted for disposal.

$103 per tonne


 Cleanfill material, free of contamination, subject to approval

No charge.


This material requires a manifest and a copy of the testing prior to disposal.

7 -35 tonne quantities from A10 sites may be accepted without testing. Only commercial transporters are allowed to enter the landfill (no private individuals). A manifest must be completed with site plan and plot number from where material was sourced.

Other hazardous waste

Other hazardous waste from your home must also be taken to the Transfer Station instead of going out with your rubbish, including:

  • Plant and pest sprays
  • Waste oil
  • LPG bottles
  • Household chemicals
  • Paints and wood stains
  • Certain light bulbs and batteries - refer to the manufacturers advice

Wet paint cannot be disposed of at the Transfer Station. Please arrange disposal with the paint manufacturer or a paint store.

A10 HAIL Acceptance Criteria York Valley Landfill

No testing required prior to acceptance (NCC to Test)

  • Tonnage 7> to <35Tonne
  • Only material from A10 site not multiple classifications
  • Only material from within Nelson city boundaries will be accepted.
  • Only commercial transporters are allowed to enter the landfill (no private individual)
  • Manifest to be completed with site plan and plot number. 

Find out more

You can get more information about safe disposal of hazardous waste on the Ministry for the Environment website.

Go to the Ministry for the Environment's website.

Waste Management Plan

The Council adopted the Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan in April 2012. The vision of this plan is: "valuing resources and minimising waste".

Cutting down the amount of waste we generate and discard, so that the community uses all its resources efficiently and at a sustainable rate, is the long term challenge for Nelson.