Waste Collection Service Changes

On this page you will find information about the Council's new waste collection service, which starts on Monday 29 June.


Press Releases 


What are the changes?

  • The yellow wheelie bin will be for the disposal of glass bottles and jars only.
  • The red rubbish bin will be for household waste, plastic, paper, steel cans, sanitary waste, food waste etc. 
  • Disposal of green waste at the Gore transfer station will be FREE for all District residents.
  • There will be cardboard recycling bins set up at the Gore Transfer Station and in Mataura. The cardboard will go to the Pakeke Lions.
  • There will be an aluminium can bank at the Gore Transfer Station and in Mataura.
  • The Council is working in collaboration with WasteNet Southland on waste reduction initiatives ie Plastic free July, Love Food Hate Waste NZ.


Why are there changes?

The Council was forced to review its waste collection service after WasteNet’s decision to award the recycling contract to Smart Environmental was challenged by the current provider, Southland disAbility Enterprises (SdE).

WasteNet is a shared service representing the Gore District, Southland District and Invercargill City councils. Last year WasteNet put the recycling contract out to tender, as SdE’s contract ends on 30 June this year.

Two tenders were received and after careful analysis, Smart Environmental was chosen as the successful party. One of the main factors in this decision was that its cost per annum was about 25% lower than SdE’s tender.


Should people still put their red and yellow bins out on alternate weeks

No. The new service will see the red rubbish bin collected weekly, for three consecutive weeks, and the yellow bin collected every fourth week. 


Will the new service cost more?

No, the existing charges for residents will remain. 


What if the red bin isn’t big enough for all my rubbish?

  • For information on how to reduce your waste go to wastenet.org.nz.
  • If you have an 80-litre bin, you can upgrade to a larger 240-litre bin at an additional cost.
  • Please call us to talk about your options.


What can I do if I can’t take my green waste to the transfer station?

There are local businesses providing green waste collection services.


Can I put green waste in my red bin?

This bin should be used primarily for household waste i.e. food waste, plastic, paper, steel cans, sanitary waste, rubbish.


What happens to the green waste?

It will be mulched and used as landfill cover. Green waste that can be chipped will be processed and used by parks and reserves staff for public gardens.


Where will the glass go?

It will be stored locally in bunkers and be crushed.


How much noise will the collection of the glass bins create?

The collection of glass only will be noisy. However it is a passing noise rather than a constant or prolonged interruption.


Will the glass be sorted into colours?

Not at this stage.


What happens to the glass after it is crushed?

We will be looking into options for selling and/or reusing the glass. 


What bin do I put my plastic, paper and steel cans into?  Where does it go?

You will be able to dispose of plastic, paper and steel cans in your home red rubbish bin.  It will be taken to the Southland Regional Landfill, near Winton, with the non-recyclables.


What about my recyclable cans?

You will be able to recycle your aluminium cans at the Gore transfer station.


Why doesn’t the Council continue to recycle?

There are no longer sustainable overseas markets to take our plastics and paper for recycling. It wouldn’t be environmentally or financially sustainable to stockpile everything above ground. That leaves us with reducing our waste and sending any residual waste to landfill.


I don’t currently receive the wheelie bin service. Can I sign up for the new one?

Yes, you just need to call our customer service team on 209-0330.


How much recycling did the District generate last year?

There’s about 675 tonnes of recycling a year. The largest percentage is glass at 47% (317 tonnes). There’s also

  • 285 tonnes of cardboard and paper (42%)
  • 49 tonnes of plastic (7%)
  • 24 tonnes of metal (4%)


Press Releases

27 May - Extra weekly rubbish collection for new service [PDF, 238 KB]

13 May - New Waste Collection Service To Be Introduced [PDF, 406 KB]






Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz