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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
Recycling facility in CBD.

Green Island landfill

Find out information about the Green Island transfer station hours, fees and charges and acceptable items for recycling or disposal.

Location: 9 Brighton Road, Green Island (opposite Burgess St.), 10 km from the Octagon ph: 03 488 4741

Opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday 8.00am - 5.30pm, Sunday 9.00am - 5.30pm


  • Christmas Day
  • Easter Friday
  • Anzac Day Closed until 1pm

Acceptable waste at Green Island Landfill

General Waste

Household and commercial waste commonly identified as mixed loads of non-hazardous packaging products, food scraps, textiles, broken crockery and other household items, including small quantities of construction and demolition material.

Tip: a little preplanning enables you to better prepare your load, meaning you can keep your landfill costs down by taking recyclable and reusable items to the recycling recovery park area and/or Rummage for no charge. A small fee will apply for some items for recycling.  Small quantities of waste should be bagged (80 litre bag or less) to avoid paying vehicle load charges.


This is a natural material such as clay, soil and rock and other such materials as concrete, brick or products which are free of combustible or organic materials and therefore not subject to biological or chemical breakdown. This material is used to cover the discharge face of the landfill or to construct earthwork bunds.


Cover is clay, sand and soil, which is free of contaminants that may cause harm to human health of the environment.

Clay Cover

Charges are subject to seasonal variation in-line with day light saving i.e. is taken free of charge during the warmer months.


Rubble is concrete, bricks, roading material, concrete pipes and earthenware pipes. The maximum size of demolition material is one metre in any direction. Material is to be clean, no asbestos and no rubbish.

Special and Hazardous Waste

The following materials require special handling to protect both the environment and human health. Green Island landfill is the only landfill in the city consented for special and hazardous waste disposal. You must advise the booth operator on your arrival to the landfill that you have special or hazardous waste on board.

Special waste: are materials that may pose a risk to the environment or human health if not disposed of carefully, includes animal carcasses, commercial sludge’s, bio-solids from septic tanks the Councils waste water treatment plants.

Hazardous waste: includes materials that have the following properties; are flammable, explosive, oxidising, corrosive, toxic, eco-toxic, radioactive, infectious, mutagenic, carcinogenic, and teratogenic. Examples include solvents and industrial cleaning fluids, medical waste, agricultural chemicals and many industrial wastes.

Drop off of household Special and Hazardous Wastes: can be done at the Green Island Transfer Station for a nominal charge (refer to the landfill charges). This is a service for small household quantities and not for commercial customers.  Please advise the booth operators and place in the designated drop-off area near the transfer station pit.

Contact the Landfill Engineer at DCC on 03 477 4000 early for more information, guidance and/or advice with regards to your disposal options. Note that incoming accepted materials may require prior notification of arrival for disposal a minimum of 5 working days beforehand.

Asbestos Disposal

Asbestos is a hazardous substance that is harmful when inhaled and is only accepted at the Green Island Landfill.

It is strongly advised you engage a suitably qualified contractor to remove asbestos.

All asbestos must be declared at the Booth.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required:  half mask, disposable overalls and boots.

Landfill procedure:

  • The Booth Operator will ask if the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is present.
  • Failure to have the correct PPE will result in the person being turned away from the Landfill.
  • People with the correct equipment will be directed to the asbestos pit area where they will be greeted by a site staff member who will check to make sure they have the required PPE.
  • Asbestos must be wrapped in accordance with the Asbestos Regulations (2016).
  • Asbestos must be placed in the pit.
  • Sprinklers will be activated while unloading asbestos.
  • After unloading asbestos vehicles will require a wash down.
  • Disposable overalls need to be thrown away after disposal and cleaning has occurred.

For more information please refer to The Worksafe website (link to external website, new window)

The Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 must be followed; Legislation website (link to external website, new window)

Contaminated soil

This is soil contaminated by Hazardous Activities (HAIL soil) or other commercial or industrial activity that result in the presence of heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons such as petrol, oil, diesel or other toxic liquids.

Household Batteries

Household batteries may be deposited at the hazardous waste drop off area. They are recycled via Cargill Enterprises.

Sludges and liquids

Is any waste which, by its physical or chemical properties, requires special handling and is identified in two categories which is greater or lesser than 20% solids content.  An example of a physical property is ash which must be brought in on calm days.

Prohibited waste

Some materials are prohibited from entering landfill due to inherent characteristics that pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment.

Persons seen disposing of products that appear on the following list will incur penalty charges; radioactive material, liquid paint, PCBs, refrigerant gases, gas cylinders and intractable organic-chlorine.

This list is not exhaustive, if you think you have a substance that should not be landfilled, or pose a risk to the environment or human health, contact the Landfill Engineer at DCC on 03 477 4000

All charges include GST.

All Landfills – Small Vehicle Charges (includes ETS)
Car – large load $45.00
Car – small load $20.00
Cars with single axle trailers, vans and utes – large load $91.00
Cars with single axle trailers, vans and utes – small load $48.00
Non-Council Refuse bag – per bag, (max size 80 litres) $4.00
Station wagon – large load $72.00
Station wagon – small load $32.00
Wheelie Bin per bin or part bin $20.00
Wool pack per pack or part pack $20.00
All Landfills – Small Vehicle Charges (excludes ETS)
Car tyres – each $5.00
Clay Cover (clay) $5.00
Cleanfill $10.00
Rubble $20.00
Vehicle bodies $87.00
Vegetation for composting only (excludes ETS)
Car – small load 100% vegetation $9.00
Car – large load 100% vegetation $24.00
Wool pack 100% vegetation $9.00
Wheelie Bin per bin 100% vegetation $9.00
Station wagon – small 100% vegetation $14.00
Station wagon – large load 100% vegetation $35.00
Car with single axle trailer, van and ute 100% vegetation (no cage) $22.00
Car with single axle trailer, van and ute 100% vegetation $44.00
Green Island Landfill – Large Vehicle Charges (includes ETS)
General solid waste per tonne $180.00
General solid waste minimum charge $91.00
Green Island Landfill – Large Vehicle Charges (excludes ETS)
Clean fill per tonne (dry) $10.00
Clean fill minimum charge (dry) $10.00
Clean fill per tonne (wet slip material) $41.00
Clean fill minimum charge (wet slip material) $41.00
Cover per tonne $5.00
Cover minimum charge $5.00
Rubble $20.00
Rubble minimum charge $20.00
Vegetation per tonne (100% vegetation) $98.00
Vegetation minimum charge $47.00
Public weigh (weigh only)  $15.00
Middlemarch and Waikouaiti Landfill – Large Vehicle Charges (includes ETS)
General solid waste per cubic metre $96.00
General solid waste minimum charge $96.00
Middlemarch and Waikouaiti Landfill – Large Vehicle Charges (excludes ETS)
Vegetation per cubic metre $75.00
Vegetation minimum charge $75.00
Special/hazardous waste (includes ETS)
Asbestos containing soil $180.00
Asbestos including high contaminated soil $273.00
Non Hazardous tanker waste $135.00
Sludges and liquids (solids content at least 20%) – per tonne $273.00
Sludges and liquids (solids content at least 20%) – minimum charge $159.00
Sludges and liquids (solids content less than 20%) per tonne  $331.00
Sludges and liquids (solids content less than 20%) minimum charge $187.00
Special/hazardous waste (excludes ETS)
Contaminated soil – per tonne (low level) $41.00
Contaminated soil minimum charge (low level) $41.00
Foundry sands per tonne $53.00
Foundry sands minimum charge $53.00
Gas bottles (each) $12.00
Household chemicals (inclusive of car - small load fee) $16.00
Oil (per litre) $2.00
Tyres (per tonne) $385.00
After Hours Opening Fee (excludes ETS)
Booth operation costs – per hour (plus any additional machine fees) After hours $88.00
Opening Fee - After Hours $433.00
e-Waste at the Recycling centre
As per recovery costs
Refuse Collection (includes ETS)
40 Litre bags $3.00
65 Litre bags $3.20

There are e-Waste collection facilities at the Green Island Resource Recovery Centre for computer waste, TVs, cell phones and other electronic waste items.  A small recycling charge may apply to some items to cover the costs of dismantling and/or special handling. Items collected here are dismantled by Cargill Enterprises in South Dunedin.

Costs for e-waste dropped off at Green Island Rummage store onlyCharge
Common computer $5
Computer screen $15
Server, patch panel, supporting units $10
CRT TV $20
LCD/LED TV’s and Monitors under 60cm flat $10
Screen other over 60cm flat $15
Photocopiers, typewriters, fax $5
MFD desktop small $5
MFD medium $5
MFD large $10
Ancillary Devices
Modem, keyboards, cameras, home phones, small paper shredder, laminator FREE
Cell phones, power and data cables FREE
Household Batteries FREE

Payment Options

  • Cash
  • Eftpos (Green Island only)
  • Cheque to be made out to Dunedin City Council (Green Island only)
  • Charge Accounts - by arrangement (Green Island only)

Landfill Gate Charges – what’s that all about?

Operation of the landfill is paid for through user charges - the money you pay to dispose of your waste.

How much you pay for waste disposal depends on how much waste you dispose of and the type of waste. Some waste products need special handling or treatment to reduce the environmental effects of disposal to landfill.

Landfill gate charges also include two levies set by central government.

  • Waste Levy: for every 1 tonne of waste to landfill $10 is paid to the Ministry for the Environment for investment in projects and infrastructure that support waste minimisation activity.
  • New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme: as a landfill operator the DCC must purchase New Zealand Emission Units. This cost is incorporated into landfill charges.

We encourage landfill customers to separate waste materials into re-use, recycling and compost categories. Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill is better for the environment and saves you money.

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