Rubbish and recycling stations

An image of the Re:Sort Centre in the district.

To dispose of larger items or for those who do not receive a weekly rubbish collection service, you can take your rubbish, recycling and greenwaste to your nearest rubbish and recycling station.

List of rubbish and recycling stations

Here is the list of rubbish and recycling stations operating in Whangārei:

Station Location

Hikurangi

off King Street along the road leading down to Lake Waro

Kokopu

off Kokopu Road close to the junction with Kokopu Block Road

Ngunguru

at the junction of Tongatu Road and Ngunguru Road

Oakura

at the end of Wharua Road

Re:Sort centre

along Kioreroa Road

Ruatangata

off Knight Road near the junction with Pipiwai Road

Tauraroa

off Tauraroa Road between Omana and Waiotira Road

Uretiti

along Tip Road

Please note that large loads (for example truckloads or large skip bins) are unable to be accepted at rural rubbish and recycling stations.

If this occurs, our rubbish and recycling station operators will discuss other disposal options with you.

Re:Sort station

The Re:Sort Centre is owned and operated by a joint venture company, Northland Regional Landfill Limited Partnership. It is operated independently of Council, and we do not set the charges for it.

Re:Sort accepts waste by the bag, trailer or truck load.

Current charges can be viewed by visiting the ReSort Centres page on the Northland Waste website.

Re:Sort Centre

Paying for rubbish disposal at station

You can pay by Eftpos at all rubbish and recycling stations.

At Re:Sort, the charges are based on the weight of the rubbish being disposed of.

At the rural rubbish and recycling stations, the charges are based on the volume of rubbish being disposed.

Transfer station prices(PDF, 36KB) (September 2020)

Some waste items like tyres, televisions, whiteware, etc incur a special charge to cover the cost of appropriate disposal or recycling.

View the Fees and Charges for Rubbish Disposal:

Fees and Charges


Transfer station opening hours

These are the winter hours for rubbish and recycling stations operating in the District:

Location Hours and Days

Hikurangi

8:00am - 1:00pm (Monday to Sunday)

Kokopu

Closed (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

7:30am - 4:30pm (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)

Ngunguru

Closed (Tuesday and Thursday) 

8:00am - 1:00pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Oakura

Closed (Tuesday and Thursday) 

8:00am - 12:00pm (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Re:Sort centre

7:30am - 5:00pm (Monday to Friday)

8:30am - 4:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Ruatangata

Closed (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

7:30am - 12:30pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

12:00pm - 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Tauraroa

Closed (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)

1:00pm - 5:00pm (Tuesday and Friday)

8:00am - 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Uretiti

8:00am - 1:00pm (Monday to Sunday)

Recycle your e-waste

A recycling service for old and unwanted CRT television sets is provided at rubbish and recycling stations.

It is a user-pay scheme and items are sent to Auckland for recycling.

While most e-waste will be charged at the normal rubbish price, there may be additional charge for Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) older computer screens and television sets.

Consumers and small businesses can now recycle their e-waste through TechCollect NZ. E-waste accepted include items such as laptops, desktops, cameras, mobile phones, tablets and accessories through participating Noel Leeming stores including Noel Leeming – Whangarei Supa, Okara Shopping Centre, Shop 12, 4 Port Road, Whangarei 0110

TechCollect NZ

Before you drop your rubbish

Sort the recycling and vegetation from your refuse

This will save you money as vegetation is charged at a lower rate than household rubbish, and recycling is free.

Green waste is processed by shredding. As the shredder tears the plant material apart stringy plants and oversize branches (greater than 100mm diameter) cannot be accepted at the reduced green waste disposal rate. Examples of these unacceptable plants include ponga trees, agapanthus, flax, bamboo, ginger plant, gorse cuttings, cabbage trees and Norfolk pines.

Green waste containing contaminates such as stones, concrete, plastic, weed killers, noxious weeds etc is also not accepted. They must be disposed of as general rubbish.

Hazardous waste

A product is considered hazardous (and must be marked as such), if it is:

  • Flammable
  • Toxic
  • Explosive
  • Corrosive
  • Radioactive

Hazardous products commonly found in the home include:

  • paint
  • pool chemicals
  • disinfectants
  • drain cleaners
  • gas cylinders
  • batteries
  • acids
  • garden sprays and
  • insect baits.

Northland Regional Council operates a free monthly household hazardous waste amnesty day at the Re:Sort Centre. For more information and a list of 2020 / 2021 amnesty days, please follow the link below.

Waste and pollution for homes

People could previously take hazardous waste to the Re:Sort centre at any time during opening hours and there was potential for the drop-off area to be unattended.  As of 2 November 2020, this will no longer be the case, and we’ll move to the monthly amnesty days, the first one being 17 November 2020.

The amnesty days will allow hazardous waste to be taken to the Re:Sort centre when experienced regional council staff and a contractor are on hand to identify substances, sort them, and store them safely for disposal.

The amnesty days are for domestic hazardous waste, in household quantities only (up to a maximum container size of 20 litres). The amnesty service is not for commercial users and commercial type waste will not be accepted.

Hazardous wastes suitable for disposal at the free amnesty days includes:

  • agricultural chemicals (e.g. herbicides and pesticides)
  • pool chemicals (e.g. chlorine granules, bromine tablets, pH adjusters and water hardeners/softeners)
  • flammable substances (methylated spirits, mineral turpentine etc.)
  • corrosives (e.g. strong acids or alkalis)

Amnesty day 2020 / 2021 dates (between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00pm):

  • 17 November 2020
  • 15 December 2020
  • 19 January 2021
  • 16 February 2021
  • 16 March 2021
  • 20 April 2021
  • 18 May 2021
  • 15 June 2021