Recycling and Rubbish

Kaikōura District is a 'Zero Waste Community'. Our vision is to send zero waste to landfill. We currently divert approximately 75% of our waste away from landfill.

Innovative Waste Kaikōura is a Council Controlled organisation. Council contracts IWK to deliver services including managing the district’s recycling and rubbish, maintaining public toilets and looking after some of our water infrastructure and services. IWK also provides waste management services to other private business.

The Council owns 100% of the Kaikōura Enhancement Trust (KET), which in turn owns 100% of Innovative Waste Kaikōura Ltd (IWK).

IWK manages the landfill and resource recovery operations, delivers recycling services, and in 2015 was contracted to provide public toilet cleaning services within the district and maintenance for Three Waters.

Waste Minimisation Programme


Managing your earthquake waste.

Kaikōura District is a 'Zero Waste Community'. Our vision is to send zero waste to landfill. We currently divert approximately 75% of our waste away from landfill.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14 November 2016 caused extensive damage to land, coastal areas, buildings, homes and infrastructure in our district. It is estimated about 8000 tonnes of earthquake waste will be produced – equating to about eight years’ of waste for Kaikōura. 

The Ministry for the Environment has approved $2.6m for a 'Waste Minimisation' project, to help to reduce earthquake waste and increase the recovery of useful resources from waste. 

Council are working with Innovative Waste Kaikōura on a range of developments and upgrades to make sure we are doing all we can to reduce. reuse and recycle effectively.

Keep up to date with their developments on Facebook.

What does this mean for you? 

Right now the message is simple – if you’re doing any work on your property, including demolishing it, contact us and make sure you’re following the Waste 
Minimisation guidelines.


04 January 2019