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Resource Recovery Parks

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Resource recovery parks are where we separate recycling material from the waste stream and process rubbish for disposal at the Kate Valley regional landfill. This helps us to minimise the amount of material going to landfill which reduces costs and is good for our environment.

We have resource recovery parks in Ashburton and Rakaia.​

Ashbur​ton Resource Recovery Park

The Ashburton Resource Recovery Park is located at 25 Range Street in the Riverside Industrial area.

Opening hours:

DayWinter Daylight savings
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm 8am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm 9am - 6pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
The facility is now open most public holidays - please refer to public holiday advertising.

You can dispose of all household rubbish (up to 120kg of rubbish will only cost you $26.00), greenwaste and construction material.

Official prepaid bags can be dropped off at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park free of charge.  A bin for these bags is located in the recycling drop off area to save you having to go over the weighbridges.

Fees are payable (per tonne) for:

  • All general household rubbish
  • Greenwaste inclu​​ding garden and kitchen waste
  • Clean construction and demolition materials – concrete, bricks, wood, chipboard etc.

Fees are payable (per individual item) for:

  • Tyres​
  • Car bodies

Learn more about our fees and charges

Rakaia Resource Recovery Park

The Rakaia Resource Recovery Park is located at the corner of West Town Belt and Rakaia Terrace in Rakaia.

Opening hours:

DayTime
Monday10am - 12pm
Wednesday3.30pm - 5.30pm
Friday2pm - 4pm
Saturday9am - 3pm

The facility is closed on public holidays.

You can dispose of all household rubbish, greenwaste and construction material at the Rakaia Resource Recovery Park.

ADC official prepaid bags can be dropped off free of charge.

You will need to pay for the disposal of:

  • All general household rubbish
  • Green waste including garden and kitchen waste
  • Tyres

Fees for the disposal of rubbish and green waste are charged at a per cubic metre rate.

Materials not accepted

  • Large tree timbers, stumps etc
  • Offal, dead stock/large animals
  • Bulk liquids
  • Radioactive wastes
  • Explosives
  • PCB wastes
  • Asbestos or products containing asbestos
  • Volatile Fuels (more than 2 litres)

The Kate Valley Landfill on Mt Cass Road, Hurunui District receives:

  • Waste to Landfill
  • Hazardous Wastes
  • Special Wastes

The Kate Valley Regional Landfill site is located within coastal hill country approximately 10 km to the north-east of Amberley off Mt Cass Road, Waipara. It is approximately 9 km by road from the intersection of State Highways 1 and 7 (the Hanmer Springs turn-off).

Kate Valley is operated by Transwaste Canterbury Limited. Transwaste Canterbury Limited is a joint venture. Half of its shares are owned by five local authorities (Christchurch City, Hurunui District, Waimakariri District, Selwyn District and Ashburton District Councils), with the other 50 per cent of its shares owned by Canterbury Waste Services Limited.

What can go to the Resource Recovery Parks

The following recyclables or re-useable materials can be dropped off for free at both the Ashburton and Rakaia facilities:

​Plastics 1, 2 and 5 (no lids in recycling)​Aluminium cans
​Tins​Cardboard
​Paper​Glass bottles and jars

​Fridges and freezers​Washing machines
​Drysers

​Roofing iron, guttering​Ferrous, sopper, tin, lead and mixed metals
​Off-cuts and scrap

TVs, monitors, screens and projectors​​Computers, laptops and tablets
​Domestic printers, copiers and scanners​Stereos and home theatre equipment
​​Other electronics - please enquire with staff

​Hazardous solid waste can be dropped off for free, provided that the quantity is a domestic household quantity and doesn't exceed the maximum volumes allowed for each AND they are in a condition where they can be safely stored and transported.

Staff at the Resource Recovery Park must also have vetted and accepted the waste.

​Household toy and torch batteries​Button and disc batteries
​AA, AAA, C and D cell batteries​Alkaline cell
​Lithium​9-volt
​Cr123 camera batteries​Cry cell and zinc
​Li-ion batteries (from laptops, cameras and cell phones)​NiCd
​NiMH​Gel cell
​​Vehicle batteries

​Aerosol cans​LPG cylinders
​Camping fuel cylinders and cans​Old jerry cans
​​Engine oil bottles

​Hazardous liquid waste can be dropped off for free, provided that they are sealed in a container that is safe for transport and storage AND the quantity is a domestic household quantity that doesn't exceed the maximum volumes allowed for each.

Staff at the Resource Recovery Park must also have vetted and accepted the waste.

​Household cleaners​Garden herbicides
​Garden pesticides​​Solvents

​Petrol​Diesel
​Kerosene, turpentine and white spirits

Engine, gearbox and diff oils​​Hydraulic oil
​Brake fluid​​Cooking oils

​Oil-based paint and stains​Water-based pains
​Test pots

​Re-usable items can be dropped off for free, provided that they are in a fair and re-usable condition AND there is a demand for the sale of the item through the Reuse Shop.

Staff at the Resource Recovery Park must also have vetted and accepted the items.

Items that may be accepted include:

​Clothing and footwear​Kitchen ware
​Books, games and jigsaws​DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes and vinyal records
​Bikes and scooters​Toys and kids stuff
​Furniture​Curtains
​Workshop tools and gardening equipment​Lawn mowers, hedge trimmers and blowers
​Hoses, irrigation pipes and fittings​​Some electrical applications - ask staff first