Rubbish & recycling notices

Recycling damaged, expired and unwanted car seats

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Council is working with SeatSmart to divert unwanted child car seats from landfill.  Through the scheme, all brands of booster, convertible seat or capsule (except polystyrene seats) are accepted.

Up to 90% of the seat (by weight) is recycled, as shown below.

  • Straps and webbing are re-purposed
  • Plastic resin is recycled into new products
  • Metal parts are recycled and have a wide variety of end uses

Car seats can be recycled at Southbrook resource recovery park or Oxford transfer station, during opening hours, for a per–seat fee.  Remember to let the staff know you have a car seat. The cost for recycling car seats will be increasing for us from $10 to $25 per seat as from 1 November, and Waimakariri District Council will continue to subsidise the cost of recycling car seats in the interests of waste minimisation and child safety.

For Waimakariri residents only the charge will remain at $5 per seat, but it will be necessary to provide proof of address at the time of drop off.  For non-Waimakariri residents, the charge is $20 per car seat to cover the majority of costs for transportation, dismantling and recycling the seats.

For further details, visit or call Council on 0800 965 468 or ask at Southbrook resource recovery park or Oxford transfer station.

Find out why the pricing has changed here

Recent changes to 'small lane' kerbside collection services

Tuesday 21 June 2016

The ‘small lane service’ areas in Pegasus and Rangiora are now being collected on Monday Week 2. Residents in Pounamu Place and those who have access off Tomlinson Lane, Peglar Court and Shurrock Lane in Pegasus, and residents in Ballarat retirement village and Helmore Lane in Rangiora, should put recycling bins and rubbish bags out for collection by 7 am on Monday 27 June. We’d like to thank the residents in these areas for their patience and cooperation with the change in collection days.

The Rangiora CBD area will be collected early on Tuesday mornings as from 28 June. Businesses and residents in the affected area have received a letter form the Council outlining the changes, but this is a reminder to businesses and residents in the CBD area to please have your recycling bins and rubbish bags out for collection by 7 am on 28 June.

Car seat recycling programme

Up to 94% of a car seat's components can be recycled, bringing significant benefits and freeing up valuable landfill space. The SeatSmart child car seat  recycling programme aims to reduce waste to landfill and improve awareness of car seat expiry dates. SeatSmart accepts any brand of booster, convertible seat or capsule. Sorry, no polystyrene seats, snap and go’s or other car seat accessories can be accepted.

As from February 2018, the Waimakariri District Council has been accepting expired and damaged approved child car seats for recycling for $5 each, at both Southbrook resource recovery park and Oxford transfer station. Christchurch residents can take their unwanted or expired child car seats to either of the Baby on the Move outlets in Christchurch, situated at 515 Wairakei Road, Burnside and 87A Gasson Street, Sydenham, and the charge at these shops is $10 per seat. Find out more on the  SeatSmart website.

Love Food, Hate Waste

Thursday 12 March 2015

A recent study reveals that every year the average New Zealand family throws away more than $563 worth of edible food. The food wastage was discovered when audits of council rubbish bags and bins were undertaken across the nation to try and find out exactly what foods New Zealanders were throwing away and why.

Waimakariri District Council Solid Waste Asset Manager Kitty Waghorn says “Our own audit in February revealed that a staggering amount of food is thrown away every week. This comes as no real surprise. We have known for some time that 39%  of the rubbish placed into kerbside collection bags is food waste, as is 17% of the rubbish in private collection bins.”

Mrs Waghorn says “What did come as a surprise was the amount of still-edible food that's being thrown away. Whole loaves of bread, unopened yoghurts, uneaten apples are just some of the foods that have been found in audits in Waimakariri, and right across the country.”

There are some quick and easy things that can be done to reduce food waste and keep hold of those dollars longer.

  • Store your bread in the freezer instead of on the counter to stop it going mouldy or drying out
  • Stew up any excess fruit you have that might be going soft or blend it up into a smoothie
  • Check your fridge before you go shopping to see what needs using up
  • Turn your leftover vegetables into a frittata, or make some fried rice.

For more information on how to reduce your food waste go to Love Food Hate Waste on Facebook.

Plasterboard disposal

Wednesday 11 February 2015

As from 14 February 2015 the Council cannot accept separated plasterboard at a discounted price.

We were informed on Wednesday 11 February that the processing plant that takes our plasterboard can’t take our plasterboard any more, as their end-user has advised they are no longer accepting the processed plasterboard.

Consequently the Council is unable to accept separated plasterboard at a discounted price, and all plasterboard will have to be put into the rubbish pit at the full rubbish disposal charge, until further notice.

We apologise for the inconvenience, but unfortunately there was no advance notice about the cessation of business by the processor. We are trying to locate another business that will take plasterboard, and will advise customers once we have found another outlet for this material.