Most all recyclable material can be dropped off at Ruapehu Transfer Stations for no cost. On some items where there is a cost of disposal there may be a small charge to cover transport of handling.
Costs for refuse disposal at Transfer Stations can found on the Fees and Charges page.
A synopsis of what is recyclable is below. Alternatively, scroll down on the Zero Waste Ruapehu web page and use the handy sorter app. Just enter the item in question and the app will indicate whether it is for your blue bin, your food waste bin or a pink refuse bag.
Transfer Stations and District Landfill
Council operates a district Landfill and recycling centre in Taumarunui along with Transfer Stations in National Park, Ohura, Owhango, Ongarue and Ohakune (Waimarino).
The locations and opening hours for these facilities can be found by following this link.
If you have special refuse or recycling needs or need assistance with rubbish disposal or recycling please email Anne-Marie Westcott or contact her via Council - 07 895 8188.
What can I recycle at Transfer Stations?
- Glass Bottles/Jars - except for some types as listed below
- Metal Can/Tins - Steel and Aluminum
- Plastic Containers/Bottles displaying recycle symbols 1, 2 and 5
- Other Paper/Glossies - Brown paper, magazines, books, junk mail and telephone directories
- Cardboard - Corrugated, boxes and egg cartons
What can't I recycle or put in my Blue Bin?
The following items are unable to be recycled and will therefore incur a cost to dispose of as general rubbish at the Transfer Station:
Plastics types 3, 4, 6 and 7
These cannot be recycled - these go into your rubbish bin. Look for the numbered recycling triangle on the plastics container. If the container does not have a recycling triangle on it put it in your rubbish.
The best thing is to try and avoid buying plastic types 3, 4, 6 and 7 altogether or look for plastic free options. If you cannot avoid it try and reuse them.
- Broken Glass
- Drinking Glasses
- Light Bulbs
- Pyrex or Arcroc
- Window Glass
- Fast-food Boxes
- Juice Cartons
- Painted or Waxed Paper
- Food Scraps (these should be composted. Council offers a kerbside food scrap collection service which is composted. This is collected alongside blue bin recycling and rubbish collection.)
- Paint (check with the Reuse Shop in Taumarunui which takes some paints)