Waste and Recycling

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Westland District Council is responsible for providing services for waste collection and disposal, as well as waste minimisation, education and recycling initiatives. Waste disposal and recycling facilities are being progressively developed or upgraded across the District.

Find our transfer station hours here.

Christmas & New Year 2018/19 Information

Please note that the Hokitika Transfer Station will be closed on

Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December 2018
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December 2018
New Years Day Tuesday 1 January 2019
Waitangi Day

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Changes to kerbside collections over Christmas and New Year

Monday 24 December 2018: Waste bins collected as usual

Tuesday 25 December 2018: No collection – waste collected Wednesday 26 December 2018.

Wednesday 26 December – Friday 28 December: Waste collection moved forward one day. 

Monday 31 December 2018: Recycling bins collected as usual

Tuesday 1 January 2019: No collection – recycling collected Wednesday 2 January 2019

Wednesday 2 January 2019 – Friday 4 January 2019: Recycling collection moved forward one day.

Normal schedule resumes Monday 7 January 2019.

 Please ensure your wheelie bins are out by 8.00am.


A strategic approach is being taken to the long-term management of the District's waste. Council's waste management activities are guided by the Westland District Council Solid Waste Management Plan.

Towards Zero Waste is a strategy that aims to redesign the way that resources and materials are used in our communities. The ultimate goal of Zero Waste to landfill is to create a closed loop materials economy, where products are made to be reused, repaired and recycled - an economy that minimises and ultimately eliminates waste.

Zero Waste (businesses and communities to achieve over 90% diversion of waste from landfills).

Westland District is working with neighbouring authorities, West Coast Regional CouncilGrey District Council and Buller District Council to ensure efficiency and consistency between the local authorities to best manage waste in our relatively isolated, low populated region.

In Hokitika, Ross, Kumara and connecting rural roads, a kerbside collection is available to collect refuse and recycling on a weekly, rotating basis. You can find a printable collection calendar below.

Please note that the collection schedule runs as normal on all public holidays EXCEPT Christmas Day and New Year’s day.

For further information please see our other waste and recycling links, or contact either Envirowaste 03 755 7594 or Westland District Council 03 756 9010.

What can & can't go in your recyling, plus more information.
Information on weekly collection and Transfer Station hours.
Cleanfill, fly-tipping, green waste, hazardous waste, and zero waste.