Rubbish collection and disposal

Find out about rubbish collection services in Nelson. Rubbish collection is operated on a 'user pays' system, while recycling pickup is funded by rates.

Kerbside Recycling & Nelmac Refuse Bag pickup.

Please have your recycling items and bins or refuse bags at the kerbside by 8.00am.

General refuse collection service

Two types of rubbish service are available; both are user pay systems:

  • blue plastic bags that are available for purchase at most supermarkets and from Council
  • bins that can be rented or purchased from Nelmac; they require prepaid liners

Both bags and bins are picked up kerbside by Nelmac on their weekly schedule at no further cost.

Nelmac Ltd blue bag rubbish collection

If your rubbish collection day falls on a statutory holiday (except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day*), your rubbish will still be collected on that day. 

Nelmac Ltd provides rubbish collection and disposal services to Nelson residents, funding this activity through the sale of rubbish bags. If you forget to put your rubbish bags out on the appropriate day and can’t hold on to then until the following week then you are able to dispose of them via the kiosk attendant at the Nelson Transfer Station. The transfer station is on Vivian Place – off Pascoe Street – Tahunanui. There is no fee to dispose of official Betta-Bags in this way.

* If your rubbish collection falls on Good Friday, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, your collection moves to the following day. For the remainder of these weeks, collections on all other days also move to the next day. Please ensure your rubbish/recycling is by the kerb by 8am. For more information please contact the Customer Service Centre on 03 546 0200 or contact Nelmac:

Nelmac Nelson

2 Bullen Street, Tahunanui, Nelson 
Tel: 03 546 0910
Email :

Collection days

The Nelmac website has a street search feature so you can easily find your collection day.

Generally the pickup days are:


the Wood area, out to Atawhai, the Glen, Cable Bay, Hira, Teal and Lud valleys


Port Hills, Tahunanui, Annesbrook


Washington, Toi Toi, Nelson South, Bishopdale, Wakatu


the Central Business District, area north of Nelson College and south of CBD, Nelson East, the Brook, the Maitai


Maitlands, Stoke, Nayland, Ngawhatu, Marsden, Saxton, to the north side of Champion Rd and lower Hill St (north Champion Rd)

Please have your recycling items and bins or refuse bags at the kerbside by 8.00am.

Private contractors 

A list of private contractors that provide bag or bin collection is below. Please contact them directly to find out about the services they offer:

Can Plan

23 Forests Road
Nelson 7011
Phone: 547 0642

EnviroWaste Services Limited

42 Quarantine Road
Nelson 7011
Phone: 547 3389
0800 240 120
Urgent after hours: 027 449 1247

Nelmac Limited

2 Bullen Street
Nelson 7010
Phone: 546 0910

Transpacific Waste Management

36 Venice Place
Nelson 7010
Phone: 548 1166

For missed bags/collections, please refer directly to the service provider. 

Transfer station

The Council runs a transfer station in Vivian Place (off Pascoe Street) Tahunanui, for car, trailer, and small truck loads of waste. There are restrictions on hazardous waste that will be accepted. Phone +64 3 548 5760

Hours of operation
DaysHours of operation
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday (summer, 1 Sept - 31 Apr) 8.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday (winter, 1 May - 31 Aug) 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday and public holidays 10.00am - 4.30pm
Tuesday Night (during daylight saving) 8.00am - 7.00pm
Anzac Day 1.00pm - 4.30pm
Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Day CLOSED
Charges including GST as at 1 August 2015
WasteGreen wasteGeneral refuse
0.0 - 0.5m³ (car boot) (minimum charge) $10.00 per load $20.00 per load
0.5 - 1.0m³ $20.00 per load $40.00 per load
1.0 - 1.5m³ $30.00 per load $60.00 per load
1.5 - 2.0m³ $40.00 per load $80.00 per load
thereafter $20.00 per m³ $40.00 per m³
Commercial operators dumping hardfill / demolition material   $180.00 per m³
Tyres - Car   $7.00 per tyre
Tyres - Truck   $20.00 per tyre
Tyres - On rim   $15.00 per tyre
Tyres - tractor or similar, off rim   $70.00 per tyre
Hazardous waste (household only)
Hazardous wasteCharge
0 - 2kg (household only-per load) Free
thereafter (household only) $2.00 per kg

Kerbside recycling

Kerbside recycling is easy, and will save you money. Wash, squash and put out on the same day as the blue Nelmac bags are collected. View our step-by-step guide on how to prepare your rubbish for recycling. Glass is collected one week, and the rest of your recycling is collected the next week. View the recycling pickup calendar on the website and find out more with our guide to good recycling.

Additional bins are available for purchase from Nelmac.

Nelmac picks up plastic recyclables labeled 1 to 7.


The Council operates a landfill in York Valley, Bishopdale, but only for commercial operators and compacted loads from the Transfer Station. Strict controls are exercised on the dumping of hazardous waste and liquid waste. For enquiries on this please contact the Council. Phone +64 3 546 0262.

Hours of operation
DaysHours of operation
Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday 12noon - 4.00pm
Sunday & public holidays CLOSED
Charges including GST as of 1 June 2015*
All Rubbish (except as below) $121.00 per tonne
Buried rubbish (e.g. documents, odourous materials) $121.00 per tonne (plus burial costs)
Asbestos $121.00 per tonne (plus burial costs)
Light waste (e.g. polystyrene or similar) $1600.00 per tonne

* Please note: the new landfill fees were revised from 15 May 2015 to 1 June 2015

Other hazardous waste

Other hazardous waste from your home must also be taken to the Transfer Station instead of going out with your rubbish, including:

  • Plant and pest sprays
  • Waste oil
  • LPG bottles
  • Household chemicals
  • Paints and wood stains
  • Certain light bulbs and batteries - refer to the manufacturers advice

Find out more

You can get more information about safe disposal of hazardous waste on the Ministry for the Environment website.

Go to the Ministry for the Environment's website.

Waste Management Plan

The Council adopted the Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan in April 2012. The vision of this plan is: "valuing resources and minimising waste".

Cutting down the amount of waste we generate and discard, so that the community uses all its resources efficiently and at a sustainable rate, is the long term challenge for Nelson.