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.

Let's talk rubbish & recycling


Council is consulting with the community on a variety of refuse and recycling options. Continuing operation of the existing form of refuse and recycling services in Kaikōura poses both practical and financial challenges. The range of materials that can be accepted for recycling has been reduced in response to loss of international markets for these products.

The refuse and recycling services that have been provided by KDC through Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK) have in recent years been supported financially by other revenue streams within IWK – some associated with the earthquake recovery - but these revenues have diminished, with a need for more funding to come from the community if current levels of service are to be maintained. The consultation through the 2020/2021 draft Annual Plan is just the start of a process to decide what solid waste services should be provided to the community. Council also needs to prepare and seek public feedback on a detailed ‘Waste Management and Minimisation Plan’ (WMMP) and this will happen later this year.


12 August 2020