Rubbish and recycling stations

Find opening times, disposal costs and locations for your nearest rubbish and recycling centre as well as information about e-waste, vegetation and hazardous waste disposal. 

Re:Sort Centre on Kioreroa Rd is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

Rural transfer stations hours are listed below. They are closed on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

Transfer station opening hours 

Location Hours and Days

Re:Sort Centre 

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

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

Hikurangi

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

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

Kokopu

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

Closed (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Ngunguru

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

Oakura

8:00am - 12:00pm (Monday to Friday)

10:00am - 4:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Ruatangata

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

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

Closed (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Tauraroa

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

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

Closed (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Uretiti

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

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

Please note that large loads (for example truckloads or large skip bins) can't be accepted at rural rubbish and recycling stations. 

Our rubbish and recycling station operators will discuss other disposal options with you.

Locations of rubbish and recycling stations

Station Location

Re:Sort centre

201 Kioreroa Road, Port Whangārei

Hikurangi

The road to Waro Reserve at 102 King Street

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

Ruatangata

off Knight Road near the junction with Pipiwai Road

Tauraroa

off Tauraroa Road between Omana and Waiotira Road

Uretiti

along Tip Road

Re:Sort Centre charges

Re:Sort is owned and operated by a joint venture company, Northland Regional Landfill Limited Partnership. We do not set the charges for it.

Re:Sort accepts waste by the bag, trailer or truck load. It is free to drop off your recycling.

Current charges can be viewed by visiting the Re:Sort Centre page on the Northland Waste website.

Re:Sort Centre

Rural transfer station charges

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

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

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

View the charges for rubbish disposal here:

Rubbish disposal fees

Recycling e-waste

A user-pays recycling service is available at Re:Sort and our rural transfer stations for old TV sets and computer screens.

E-waste from consumers and small businesses can be dropped off free of charge at Noel Leeming - Whangarei Supa, Okara Shopping Centre, Port Rd, Whangarei - as part of an e-waste recycling service run by TechCollect NZ.

E-waste accepted includes laptops, desktops, cameras, mobile phones, tablets and accessories.

TechCollect NZ

Vegetation and plant clippings

Vegetation is charged at a lower rate than household rubbish.

The waste is processed through a shredder which means some plant materials, as well as branches greater than 100mm diameter, must be disposed of as general rubbish not as vegetation.

Green waste containing other items such as stones, concrete, plastic, weed killers or noxious weeds is also not accepted.

Unacceptable plants include:

  • ponga trees
  • agapanthus
  • flax
  • bamboo
  • ginger plant
  • gorse cuttings
  • cabbage trees
  • Norfolk pines.

Hazardous waste disposal

Northland Regional Council operates a free monthly hazardous waste collection day at Re:Sort.

For more information on what you can and cannot get rid of, please follow the link below.

Household hazardous waste disposal (nrc.govt.nz) 

The collection days are for domestic hazardous waste, in household quantities only (up to a maximum container size of 20 litres). Businesses can contact NRC to find out about options for the disposal or treatment of their hazardous waste. Alternatively, they can bring their hazardous waste to the collection days and will be on-charged for the disposal costs.

2022 hazardous waste collection dates (between 8:00am and 12:00pm)

  • 18 January 2022
  • 15 February 2022
  • 15 March 2022
  • 19 April 2022
  • 17 May 2022
  • 21 June 2022

What products are classed as hazardous?

A product is considered hazardous, and must be disposed of 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.