The Rotorua landfill is closed to the general public​​ until further notice, to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Currently, only commercial operators are able to use the landfill.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday:                                      
7:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday & Public Holidays:                             
9:30am – 4:30pm

Christmas Day and Good Friday

Note: Vehicles are not permitted to go into the landfill from 4:25pm

Green Waste

Green Waste can be disposed at the landfill.

 The following is permissible as green waste:

  • Garden waste - Grass clippings, tree and shrub pruning, branches
  • Wood waste - Only 100% recyclable untreated wood waste
  • Ponga - Considered green waste
  • Gorse - Considered green waste

The following is not considered as green waste:

  • Bamboo - A pest species and can regrow from cutoffs.
  • Untreated Timber - Not considered green waste, but can left in the recovery area for reuse
  • Soil / Dirt - Not classified as green waste
  • Flax - Flax is incredibly strong and damages processing machines

Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste can be disposed of at the landfill.

Items such as garden sprays, cleaners, paints, glues, batteries and other household chemicals are hazardous and cannot be disposed of in your rubbish bin. This hazardous waste should be disposed of at the landfill and can be declared to landfill staff on arrival.


For testing or disposal of Asbestos you will need to contact a private removal company. Click HERE to view Yellow Page listings for local businesses.


Due to increasing cost for purchasing carbon credits as part of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), which is required under New Zealand Government legislation, the following Rotorua District Landfill prices will apply from 01 January 2019:



(From 01 January 2019)



General Refuse


Car / Station wagon


Single Axle Trailer/Van/Ute (up to 250 kg)
Over 250kg - tonne rate applies


General Truck - per tonne

(Min charge $45)


​$10.00 per item



Green / Wood Waste


Car / Station wagon


Single Axle Trailer/Van/Ute
Over 350kgs - tonne rate applies


General Truck (per tonne)

(Min charge $17.00)





All Vehicles to be weighed (per tonne)


Test weigh only - all vehicles $15.00

Due to the reduced value in scrap metal Waste Management will now be charging $10 per item for whiteware.

All prices include GST.

Waste Management reserves the right to weigh any vehicle in and out of the landfill and charge per tonne when appropriate (including domestic single axle and tandem trailers).

Household hazardous waste must be declared to site staff on arrival.

Payment options:

  • Cash
  • Eftpos
  • Credit Card


  • Coupons are no longer on sale 

Reduce your household food waste!

Rotorua Lakes Council is proud to support Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand. An organisation that is committed to reducing the household food waste problem in Aotearoa.

The average Kiwi family throwing away three shopping trolleys worth of edible food each year.

If you want to learn more or find out how to reduce your household food waste visit


Page reviewed: 26 Mar 2020 9:25am