Reducing Waste

In 2017/18 a total of 269,609 tonnes of waste was sent to the Kate Valley Regional Landfill from transfer stations in Christchurch City, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn and Ashburton Districts.

Reducing your household waste

There are a number of ways you can reduce the amount of waste that comes from your household, and a good many of these are easy and cheap to do. For example:

  • Choose products with little or no packaging
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging
  • Use cloth nappies, not disposables, where feasible
  • Put a 'no circulars', 'no junk mail' or 'no ad mail' sticker on your letterbox
  • Learn ways to reduce household food waste by following the National Food Waste Prevention Campaign - Love Food Hate Waste.

If you live inside the District's collection area, you can put paper and cardboard, plastic containers (plastic containers can go into the large plastics bin; clean and dry expanded polystyrene foam packaging goes in a separate bin), supermarket carry bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and steel tins, TetraPak and liquid carton packaging, milk cartons (rinsed) and much more in the recycling wheelie bin. Read more information on the Kerbside collections page. Please make sure that only acceptable, clean recycling is put in the kerbside bin.

If you live outside the District's collection area, you can take separated paper, cardboard, plastic containers (all plastic types except for expanded polystyrene foam), supermarket carry bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and steel tins, child car seats, electronic waste and much more to the Oxford Transfer Station or Southbrook Resource Recovery Park. We cannot accept foil-lined drink/milk boxes with plastic pourers in the 'Milk Carton' bin at the transfer station, and only accept the cardboard milk cartons with the fold-out top. These go to Trees for Canterbury for native seedlings.

Please make sure that only acceptable, clean recycling is taken to our recycling drop-off areas. Most recycling is free but charges apply for some items such as child car seats and some electronic items.

Make use of services offered for diverting waste, for example some private bin collection companies offer a recycling or green waste bin (check out the Yellow Pages for services).

The Council is a partner in the Sustainable Living Education Trust (SLET), which gathers and provides useful information for action - the practical stuff in NZ that you need to know to 'make a difference' in a better way. Sustainable Living Courses may be available in this district or in Christchurch on an ongoing basis. Visit the Sustainable Living website to find out how you can make a difference.

Diverting organics

  • You can compost your food scraps and garden waste at home (and grow your vegetables and fruits with that compost to save on shopping bills)
  • You could build your own worm farm or compost bin (there are instructions on building a worm farm out of car tyres in the One Planet eBook)
  • The Council sells Bokashi buckets and CompostZing at its service centres and the ReSale Store (Southbrook Resource Recovery Park), and also sells Pet Waste Composting systems and Earthmaker compost bin kits at the ReSale Store, all at discounted prices. Prices are on our Rubbish and recycling fees and charges page
  • Green waste can be taken to the Oxford Transfer Station or Southbrook Resource Recovery Park.

Reducing your school waste

You can find information on reducing waste at your school on the Reducing your school waste page.

Reducing your business waste

The Council allocates some funding each year to support local businesses to become more sustainable. This funding enables Waimakariri businesses to make use of Christchurch City Council’s Target Sustainability project group. Contact us to find out how you can apply for a Target Sustainability Assessment.

Simple tips for waste minimisation in the workplace

  • Print double-sided onto paper whenever possible
  • Reuse your one-sided paper as scrap paper, and reuse envelopes for internal communications
  • Think about the packaging that your office or cafeteria brings in. Try to buy products with recyclable packaging and minimal packaging, buy in bulk to reduce packaging, and see if your suppliers will remove materials such as plastic wrap, strapping etc. for recycling
  • Buy products made of recycled materials
  • Encourage the use of reusable bottles, cups and plates by your staff
  • Recycle all that you can by using companies to recycle large quantities of paper or cardboard
  • Send your printer or photocopier toner cartridges to be recycled
  • Recycle old computer equipment and other electronic equipment. Some companies take back the old computers when they upgrade them.

Reducing your farm waste

A great quantity of waste materials can be generated during the operation of a farm, materials can be been difficult or costly to dispose of.

There are now alternatives to dumping or burning plastic farm waste, by recycling them through accredited voluntary product stewardship schemes. Plasback and Agrecovery both run recycling schemes for a number of different types of farm plastics, and Agrecovery also runs an agrichemical take-back scheme for unwanted or expired farm chemicals.