Refuse transfer stations
Refuse and recycling transfer stations in the Gisborne district.
Waste Management NZ, 75 Innes Street opposite Tupaea Street. Ph 868 5797
Here they are on Google map(external link)
The drop-off recycling facility is open 24/7 located at the entrance of 75 Innes Street.
Note - changes to recycling plastic
Only plastic grades 1 and 2 are recyclable.
Grades 3 to 7 plastics are no longer accepted due to significant changes to the global recycling market.
Transfer station hours and charges
|Monday - Friday||7.30am - 4.30pm|
|Saturday||9.30am - 3.30pm|
|Sunday||9.30am - 3.30pm|
|Public holidays||9.30am - 3.30pm|
|Christmas Day, Good Friday||Closed|
Waste is charged per tonne on the weighbridge. Minimum charges apply.
You can first tip your rubbish then return to the weighbridge, then tip your green waste, recycling or hardfill. All recycling products must be separated first, this includes colour separation of glass. Any product not separated or contaminated by more than 2.5% will be treated and charged as general waste.
All vehicles must pass over the weighbridge for separate loads to be charged.
|General waste - car, ute, trailer
general household and commercial waste
|$17 minimum charge (up to 50kg) $328 per tonne|
|Green waste - car, ute, trailer
lawn clippings, leaves, tree trimmings. No flax
|$8 minimum charge (up to 50kg)
$149 per tonne
|Hardfill / cleanfill - car, ute, trailer
concrete, rock, rubble, sand, clay, soil, dirt, ceramics, tiles, asphalt, fibreboard, window or sheet glass. No contaminated soil.
|$18 minimum charge (up to 100kg)
$175 per tonne
|Hazardous waste - car, ute trailer
rotten organic material, offal. Must be fully wrapped, bagged and sealed.
|$42 minimum charge (up to 100kg)
- $397 per tonne
|Special waste by prior arrangement only|
|Asbestos, treated timber||price on application|
|Appliances, eWaste, batteries, flexible or blended plastic||price on application|
|Products not accepted|
|Tyres, paint, liquid wastes, medical waste, bulk scrap steel or car bodies||not accepted|
Health and safety requirements on site
Drivers must follow instruction from staff.
Enclosed footwear must be worn. People are not to climb onto loads or heaped piles. Pets and children must stay in the vehicle at all times.
Opening hours and charges for taking rubbish to our rural transfer stations.
All rubbish needs a council blue rubbish sticker on it.
No reduction in price for part loads or garden waste.
|Rubbish bag||up to 5kg||1 blue sticker|
|Bins and small load||wheelie bin, 200 litre drum, fadge or car boot
(load less than 100kg or .5 cubic metre)
|4 blue stickers or
1 pink sticker
|Medium load||small ute, van or trailer
(less than 200kg or 1 cubic metre)
|2 pink stickers|
|Large load||large van, ute, trailer or crate
(less than 400kg or 2 cubic metres)
|4 pink stickers|
|Commercial load||Trucks - more than 400kg or 2 cubic metres||by arrangement only or at
Waiapu Landfill or Gisborne Transfer Station
Transfer stations are closed outside these hours.
We have additional days December to January for Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Te Puia Springs and Te Araroa
|Location||Day and Hours||Sticker Retailers
209 Motu Rd
|Tuesday, Wednesday 12pm-2pm, Saturday and
|Hard Drive Cafe|
146 Tip Road
|Tuesday, Thursday 1pm-3pm, Saturday 10am-12pm,
|Nga Ariki Kaiputahi office|
229 Kanakania Rd
|Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1pm-3pm||Rangatira Motors|
31 Paikea Road
|Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11am-1pm
|Tokomaru Bay Four Square|
35 Awanui Rd
|Wednesday, Thursday 3pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-12pm,
|Hikurangi Foodmarket Four Square|
146 Waiapu Rd
|Tuesday 7am-9am, Thursday 11am-1pm,
Saturday, Sunday 2pm-4pm
|John's Superette and Lotto,
George and Mildreds Supermarket
|Te Puia Springs
4855 Waiapu Rd
|Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am-12pm, Sunday 1pm-3pm||Council office, Te Puia Springs Store|
89 Thatcher Rd
|Monday 2pm-4pm, Tuesday 10am-12pm,
Wednesday 1pm-3pm, Thursday 10am-12pm,
Friday 11am-1pm, Saturday 10am-12pm, Sunday 2pm-4pm
|Hikurangi Foodmarket Four Square|
26 Te Arawapia Rd
|Tuesday 10am-12pm, Thursday 3pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-12pm, Sunday 10am-12pm||Eastern Store,
Hicks Bay General Store
Questions and answers
Q. What colour are the rural stickers?
Q. How much are the stickers?
A. The recommended retail price is $2.80. But we have no control over what retailers can charge. Pink stickers for $10 are also available.
Q. If I use all my stickers, where can I buy more?
A. You can buy more stickers at the stores in your township. See table above for stores
Q. Can I pay cash for my rubbish at the transfer station?
A. No. The community caretakers will only accept rubbish with stickers. We don’t want any cash held at rural transfer stations.
Q. Will I be able to buy stickers at the transfer station?
A. No. We don’t want cash on the premises.
Q. Can I take my rubbish to a transfer station at any time that suits me?
A. No. Only during the open hours. See table above.
Q. Can I use half a sticker for half a load?
A. No. You should try to make sure you go in with a full load as there’s no reduction for part loads.
Q. Can I use my blue stickers on the Gisborne city kerbside rubbish collection?
A. No. The city kerbside contractor will only pick up bags with orange stickers. They are different contractors.
Q. Can people from out of the town use our rural transfer stations?
A. Yes. But you need to buy blue stickers from the local stores.
Q. If I lose my recycling bin where can I get another one?
A. You can buy a replacement recycling bin for $15 at customer service in Te Puia Springs or Gisborne.