Rubbish collection and disposal
Kerbside Recycling & Nelmac Refuse Bag pickup.
Please have your recycling items and Nelmac’s refuse bags at the kerbside by 8.00am.
General refuse collection service
Two types of rubbish service are available; both are user pay systems:
- blue plastic bags that are available for purchase at most supermarkets and from Council
- bins that can be rented or purchased from Nelmac; they require prepaid liners
Both bags and bins are picked up kerbside by Nelmac on their weekly schedule at no further cost.
8 Vickerman Street, Nelson, New Zealand
PO Box 5077, Port Nelson, Nelson
Tel: 03 546 0910 Fax: 03 546 2064
Nelmac Ltd blue bag rubbish collection
If your rubbish collection day falls on a statutory holiday (except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day*), your rubbish will still be collected on that day. All Nelmac Ltd blue household refuse bags and bags with coupons plus any other refuse bags, incur a normal refuse charge if they are dropped off at the Pascoe Street Transfer Station.
Nelmac Ltd provides rubbish collection and disposal services to Nelson residents, funding this activity through the sale of rubbish bags. When the bags are dropped off directly at the Transfer Station, they bypass normal collection processes and the Council incurs a cost when disposing of them, hence the charges. NELMAC provides a drop off point for blue bags at 8 Vickerman Street.
* If your rubbish collection falls on Good Friday, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, your collection moves to the following day. For the remainder of these weeks, collections on all other days also move to the next day. Please ensure your rubbish/recycling is by the kerb by 8am. For more information please contact the Customer Service Centre on 03 546 0200.
The Nelmac website has a street search feature so you can easily find you collection day.
Generally the pickup days are:
the Wood area, out to Atawhai, the Glen, Cable Bay, Hira, Teal and Lud valleys
Port Hills, Tahunanui, Annesbrook
Washington, Toi Toi, Nelson South, Bishopdale, Wakatu
the Central Business District, area north of Nelson College and south of CBD, Nelson East, the Brook, the Maitai
Maitlands, Stoke, Nayland, Ngawhatu, Marsden, Saxton, to the north side of Champion Rd and lower Hill St (north Champion Rd)
A list of private contractors that provide bag collection is below. Contact them directly for the services they offer:
23 Forests Road
Phone: 547 0642
EnviroWaste Services Limited
42 Quarantine Road
Phone: 547 3389
0800 240 120
Urgent after hours: 027 449 1247
8 Vickerman Street
Phone: 546 0910
Transpacific Waste Management
36 Venice Place
Phone: 548 1166
The Council runs a 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. Phone +64 3 548 5760
|Days||Hours of operation|
|Monday - Friday||8:00am - 4:30pm|
|Saturday (summer, 1 Sept - 31 Apr)||8.00am - 4.30pm|
|Saturday (winter, 1 May - 31 Aug)||9.00am - 4.30pm|
|Sunday and public holidays||10.00am - 4.30pm|
|Tuesday Night (during daylight saving)||8.00am - 7.00pm|
|Anzac Day||1.00pm - 4.30pm|
|Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Day||CLOSED|
|Waste||Green waste||General refuse|
|0.0 - 0.5m³ (car boot) (minimum charge)||$10.00 per load||$18.00 per load|
|0.5 - 1.0m³||$20.00 per load||$36.00 per load|
|1.0 - 1.5m³||$30.00 per load||$54.00 per load|
|1.5 - 2.0m³||$40.00 per load||$72.00 per load|
|2.0 - 3.0m³||$50.00 per load||$108.00 per load|
|thereafter||$20.00 per m³||$54.00 per m³|
|Commercial operators dumping hardfill / demolition material||$180.00 per m³|
|Tyres - Car||$7.00 per tyre|
|Tyres - Truck||$20.00 per tyre|
|Tyres - On rim||$15.00 per tyre|
|Tyres - tractor or similar, off rim||$70.00 per tyre|
|0 - 2kg (household only-per load)||Free|
|thereafter (household only)||$2.00 per kg|
Kerbside recycling is easy, and will save you money. Wash, squash and put out on the same day as the blue Nelmac bags are collected. View our step-by-step guide on how to prepare your rubbish for recycling. Glass is collected one week, and the rest of your recycling is collected the next week. View the recycling pickup calendar on the website and find out more with our guide to good recycling.
Additional bins are available for purchase from Nelmac.
Nelmac picks up plastic recyclables labeled 1 to 7.
The Council operates a landfill in York Valley, Bishopdale, but only for commercial operators and compacted loads from the Transfer Station. Strict controls are exercised on the dumping of hazardous waste and liquid waste. For enquiries on this please contact the Council. Phone +64 3 546 0262.
|Days||Hours of operation|
|Monday - Friday||8.00am - 4.30pm|
|Saturday||12noon - 4.00pm|
|Sunday & public holidays||CLOSED|
|All Rubbish (except as below)||$110.50 per tonne|
|Buried rubbish (e.g. documents, odourous materials)||$110.50 per tonne (plus burial costs)|
|Asbestos||$110.50 per tonne (plus burial costs)|
|Light waste (e.g. polystyrene or similar)||$1600.00 per tonne|
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.
Safe CFL bulb disposal
Energy-saving light bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescent lamps because they contain a small amount of mercury. Mercury is toxic to human health and harmful to the environment (the small amount of mercury in one bulb is not a hazard to users).
Nelson City Council has started a partnership with retailers to provide more accessible recycling points for the bulbs. For safe disposal, drop off your old bulbs in the special collection bins at Bunnings Warehouse, the Council office in Trafalgar Street or the Pascoe Street Transfer Station. Address and hours of Pascoe Street Transfer Station.
- Do not put them out with your kerbside recycling.
- Commercial hazardous waste, including bulbs, batteries and other hazardous materials, is not accepted at the Transfer Station. The business is responsible for its safe disposal.
What happens to the mercury
Our recycling contractor sends the material to the collection facility in Christchurch, where the mercury is separated for recycling.
What if I accidentally break a fluoresent lamp in my house?
Don’t use a vacuum cleaner or brush to clean up the breakage. This will spread debris and could contaminate the equipment. Keep people and pets away until the cleanup is complete.
Start by opening windows and ventilate the area for 15 minutes. Use rubber gloves to carefully pick up the larger pieces and place in closed container or bag. Collect the smaller pieces and dust with sticky tape. Finish by wiping the area with a wet wipe or damp cloth, placing the used cloth and sticky tape in the closed container with the other residue. Put the closed container in an outside rubbish bin or drop in to the transfer station. Wash your hands when you have finished.
If a carpet or rug is under the area where the lightbulb is being changed, homeowners may consider putting a drop cloth on the floor so that any accidental breakage can be easily cleared up.
What about heavy-metal batteries?
Just as for energy-saving bulbs, batteries that contain heavy metals (lead, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, lithium and mercury) should be taken to the transfer station. Ordinary alkaline (carbon zinc) batteries can go out with your rubbish.
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
Find out more
You can get more information about safe disposal of hazardous waste on the Ministry for the Environment website.