Recycling and Rubbish

Council is looking at how to improve waste services including public bins, residential rubbish collection, recycling and safe disposal of what’s left (residual waste). The aim is to improve the types of services offered and how they are paid for.

This page contains information on how to dispose of waste responsibly and what is being done about illegal dumping.

Waste Minimisation Programme


The future of waste in Kaikōura

Council is working with Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK) to look at how to improve waste services including public bins, residential rubbish collection, recycling and safe disposal of what’s left (residual waste). Our current waste management and minimisation strategy is out of date. Work will begin soon to develop a new strategy, part funded by Ministry for the Environment. The strategy will make use of  past work, look at current activities and costs and review likely future needs and direction. The strategy will include reuse, recycling, rubbish, the future of the landfill and illegal dumping. The aim is to improve the types of services offered and how they are paid for.

Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK) is a Council Controlled organisation that manages Kaikōura's landfill, resource recovery, recycling and rubbish services. The Council owns 100% of the Kaikōura Enhancement Trust (KET), which in turn owns 100% of Innovative Waste Kaikōura Ltd (IWK).

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