10 September 2019
Household hazardous waste disposal
Hazardous wastes need to be disposed of safely and responsibly to reduce risks to both people and the environment. The best way to do that is to isolate them from other rubbish and send them for recycling or disposal at special facilities.

Our Landfill provides a drop-off facility for domestic quantities of household hazardous wastes (HHW).  Common HHW products include herbicides, pesticides, solvents (methylated spirits), ammonia, bleach, and varnishes/wood polishes, petrol and paint.

We will accept up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kg of any one HHW, and a fee applies which covers the cost of treatment and disposal as specialist sites.

We also accept:
Fluorescent bulbs ($37 for small and $53 for large)
Gas cylinders $15 each
Lead cell batteries $31/each

Before you bring HHW to the transfer station at the Waitomo District Landfill, we ask that you please:
  • Label the container clearly if you know what the contents are (and the original label is unclear).
  • Make sure the container lid is fitted securely.
  • Transport the containers upright and secured in the boot so that they do not tip over and leak (for example, place the containers in a bag, bin or tray).
On arrival at the Landfill kiosk, please notify the Landfill Attendant that you would like to drop-off hazardous waste.

There are some hazardous wastes that we do not accept at the Landfill like asbestos, agri-chemicals, medical waste, medicines and commercial quantities of hazardous waste. Click here for more information.
Mobile Phone Recycling
A reminder that we support the Sustainable Coastlines Mobile Phone Appeal!
Phones collected help reduce waste sent to landfills, save valuable materials and energy, and help look after New Zealand’s waterways. Please drop any unwanted mobile phones that you may have in the collection box in the reception area at our Queen Street Office, Te Kuiti.
Wandering stock may be impounded by Animal Control Officers and all costs associated with the impounding (officer time, transportation and sustenance) are recovered from the owner. If the stock is not claimed, it may be disposed of in accordance with the Impounding Act 1955.
Funding and Grants opportunities now available! ​​​​​​​
We encourage community clubs, groups and organisations to consider making an application for community funding.  Application forms and further information is available on our website or by contacting our Customer Services Team.
Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund
We are inviting rural school teams and sporting groups to apply for financial assistance through the Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund.  The fund is designed to help subsidise rural travel for junior teams aged between 5-19 years. It helps school and club sports teams participate in local sporting competitions.  Please Note: The Rural Travel Fund is not for the purpose of travel to regional or national events or available for individual athletes or players.  

There is a fund pool of $9,100 available for distribution. 
Applications close at 5pm Tuesday 1st October 2019.

Community Partnership Fund
Waitomo District Council invites community based groups to make application for financial assistance through the Community Partnership Fund. The fund aims to “help our community help itself” by offering funding to support groups in developing new community initiatives. Of particular interest to WDC are projects and initiatives that have strong links to Vibrant Safe Waitomo (Safe Communities).  These could include but are not limited to:
  • Violence Prevention
  • Education and Employment
  • Home and Safety
  • Crime Prevention
  • Drug and Alcohol Harm Reduction
This funding is the only funding pool provided by the Waitomo District Council that can be allocated to projects of a capital nature.

There is a fund pool of $51,000 available for distribution. 
​​​​​​​Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 1st October 2019.

Our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 1.30pm. We encourage everyone to take part in the drill. 
You can sign up your school, organisation or household at www.getready.govt.nz
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