Every year, each household in Lower Hutt produces on average enough waste to fill 230 black rubbish bags.
Collection of your household waste
We provide a weekly kerbside collection service for your household waste and recycling. All residential ratepayers get access to this service.
Setting up a new build residence or new to the area? Make sure to get in touch with us so we can add your property to our rubbish collection list.
Make sure your rubbish is correctly bagged and on the kerbside by 7.30am on collection day.
Changes to recycling collection on Friday 30 March will be collected on Saturday 31 March.
When will my rubbish normally be collected?
Collection days for the five collection areas are:
- Monday - Eastbourne, Eastern Bays, Seaview, Gracefield, Waiwhetu, Waterloo, Epuni East, Fairfield, Moera
- Tuesday - Petone, Alicetown, Hutt Central, Woburn, Epuni West
- Wednesday - Western Hills - which includes Korokoro, Maungaraki, Normandale, Harbour View, Tirohanga and Belmont, Hebden Crescent, Liverton Road, (Except Kelson)Haywards Hill, Belmont Domain, Manor Park, Boulcott, Avalon
- Thursday - Naenae, Taita, Pomare, Stokes Valley
- Friday - Wainuiomata, Moores Valley Road, Kelson
What rubbish bags do I use?
You'll need to use an official Hutt City Council rubbish bag – otherwise it won’t be collected. The price of the bag covers the cost of collection and landfill disposal, which aren’t included in your rates.
You can buy official rubbish bags from:
- your local dairy or supermarket (prices may vary)
- our main building at 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
How much do they cost?
- $12.50 for a packet of five
- $25.00 for a packet of 10
- $125 for a packet of 50 - only available from our offices
Tips for safely disposing of your rubbish
- Make sure you wrap all sharp objects such as broken glass in newspaper before you put them in the rubbish bag - otherwise they could injure the rubbish collector
- Make sure your rubbish bag is no heavier than 15kg
- Make sure you don’t dispose of hot ashes, unwrapped broken glass, paints, chemicals, liquids or any sharp objects, including twigs and branches.
Landfill location, costs and opening hours
If you have a large item, or if you’re spring cleaning, you may need to take rubbish to the landfill. Don't forget that you can also recycle at the landfill.
Where is my nearest landfill?
Silverstream Landfill, on Reynolds Bach Drive.
When is the landfill open?
It's open every day except for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
Silverstream Landfill hours
|Monday to Friday
||7.30am - 5pm
||NZ standard time
Daylight saving time
|8am - 5pm
8am - 6pm
|Sunday and public holidays
||NZ standard time
Daylight saving time
|9am - 5pm
8am - 6pm
||Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday
What does it cost to use the landfill?
View our landfill costs
Disposing of hazardous waste
Please don’t take hazardous waste to the landfill or put it out with your rubbish for collection. Here are some options for getting rid of hazardous waste safely.
What can I do with my hazardous waste?
- Look out for special collections organised by local organisations
- Approach environmentally friendly retailers – many will accept old equipment and appliances, especially if you agree to buy your new equipment from them
- There are commercial operators who will dispose of your waste for a fee. You can contact us for their detailsCouncil's waste management systems are currently under review, including how we manage hazardous wastes.
Check out the recycling flyer (PDF 5.24MB) to find out where you can take specific items for disposal.
How do I dispose of electronic waste (E-Waste)?
E-Waste (electronic waste) is any form of electronic waste that requires disposal. E-Waste is a major source of toxins in landfills. You can approach environmentally conscious retailers of electronic goods, many of which will take your old equipment off your hands (fees may apply).
Earthlink Inc runs a recycling and retail shop and also provides a drop-in service for recycling e-waste. You can drop off electronic waste for collection at Silverstream Landfill or at 25 Peterkin Street.
How do I dispose of my fluorescent light bulbs?
Because fluorescent light bulbs can present a significant problem if disposed in our landfills, we support an initiative to see that they’re 100% recycled. You can drop off household fluorescent light bulbs at the landfill for recycling.
We'll accept fluorescent and LED bulbs at our annual Hazmobile collection, with support from Interwaste.
If you're a business and want to ensure your bulbs are recycled, please contact Interwaste. They will deliver a pre-paid box for you to dispose of old bulbs. Collection of the full boxes is included with the cost of the box.
You can also recycle your light bulbs at any of these stores:
- Advance Electrical – Alicetown
- Cory’s Electrical – Alicetown
- Egley Electrical – Petone
- Ideal Electrical – Petone
- Wellington Electrical – Alicetown
These shops would prefer that you purchase your new bulbs from them and there may be a small charge if you don’t. Recycling costs just over $1 per bulb.
Single use batteries can be placed into normal household waste (Silverstream Class A landfill), and can also be taken to Council's annual Hazardous Waste Collection for safe disposal.
Don't dispose of your rechargeable batteries in the landfill: take them to the annual Hazardous Waste Collection for safe disposal and recycling.
- Dispose of your paint responsibly. It should never be poured down drains or sewers. However you can clean your brushes and rollers in the sink
- Hardened paint in old containers can be disposed of in your normal household rubbish, and cleaned containers may be recyclable
Paint recycling services:
The Dulux Trade Centre is located at 28 Rutherford Street, Lower Hutt (04 566 1160).
Residents can take up to 20 litres of water-based or oil-based Dulux paint for FREE recycling.
For non Dulux paint there's a charge of 25 cents a litre. For larger and commercial quantities additional charges apply.
The Resene Colour Shop is located at 465 High Street, Lower Hutt (04 570 0683).
Residents can take up to 20 litres of water-based or oil-based Resene paint for FREE recycling.
For non Resene paint there's a charge of $1 for a 4 litre can and $2.50 for a 10 litre pail or larger. For larger and commercial quantities additional charges apply. For more information check Resene's website.
LPG Bottles and cylinders
LPG bottles are potentially dangerous if not handled correctly, degassed, and properly recycled. These can be taken for safe disposal to:
The Diveshop 2012 Ltd
227 Waiwhetu Road
There's a small charge for disposal. The Diveshop can be contacted on 04 567 3981 for more information.
Disposing of special waste
Special waste is waste that needs to be handled, buried, pre-treated or tested before it can be disposed of at the landfill. You’ll need to make an application to dispose of it.
What is listed special waste?
- Commercial products or chemicals
- Empty containers, rinsed of all hazardous substances
- Commercial, construction and demolition waste
- Industrial and commercial waste
- Commercially sensitive materials that require witness burials
- Dead animals
- Dust, sludge and sewage treatment plant waste
- Bulky items and loads over 10 tonnes
How do I dispose of listed special waste?
To dispose of listed special waste you need to:
- Fill out the listed special waste disposal declaration form (PDF 244 KB)
- Let the landfill know at least 24 hours before disposal.
You can contact the landfill by phone on 04 563 6952 or fax on 04 563 6038
- Give your filled-out form to the landfill kiosk attendant along with the relevant fee.
Disposing of garden waste
For small amounts of green waste you could start a compost bin. Larger amounts of vegetation and other material can be taken to the landfill.
We own a cleanfill site at 126-196 Coast Road, Wainuiomata adjacent to the former wastewater treatment plant. When the cleanfill operation is finished, we intend the land to be used as a reserve.
The cleanfill is operated by Wainui Landfill Limited. Customers wanting to use the Cleanfill should contact Wainui Landfill Ltd on 04 568 8624 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleanfill is defined as material that, when buried, will have no adverse effect on people or the environment. This includes virgin natural materials such as clay, soil and rock, and other inert materials such as concrete or brick that are free of anything that could be or produce hazards to people or the environment.
All aspects of operation of cleanfill sites are controlled by Ministry for the Environment guidelines. Read the guide on cleanfill management.