Buller District Council

Recycling and refuse – zone two Karamea

What is classified as refuse ? 

  • Refuse is anything which after it is used cannot be recycled.
  • Refuse also includes glass which is disposed of as refuse in zone two.

What happens with my refuse ? 

  • There is no kerbside collection in zone two.
  • All refuse needs to be packed in a generic single black rubbish bag up to 60L.
  • The bag needs to be dropped off at the Karamea Resource Recovery Centre. Official Council bags will not be accepted at Karamea Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Refuse is disposed off locally in the Karamea landfill, which is operated by WestReef Services Ltd.
  • You can pay with Eftpos or cash. Charge accounts are only allowed for certain government institutions. See our Fees Charges Karamea Resource Recovery Centre (124Kb) for prices.

What is classified as recycling ? 

  • Plastics #1, #2 and #5 are only accepted presuming that they are thoroughly rinsed and clean.
  • Cardboard and paper are continuing, provided they don’t have liquid residue or food contamination. It is important to note that till receipts cannot be recycled, they are made from material which is coated in chemicals.
  • Aluminium tins continue to be accepted although any food residue prevents them from being recycled. You need to rinse, clean, check.
  • Recycling needs to put in the containers provided at the Karamea Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Please see our updated information for more details what can and can not be recycled in zone two.
  • It is important that you rinse, clean, check your recycling. If items are contaminated will be disposed off as refuse.

What happens with my recycling ? 

  • Recycling is transported to the Westport transfer station where it is checked, sorted, compacted and stored to be send to processing plants. If you want to see what happens once your recycling arrives at the Westport transfer station watch this video.

To contact Buller District Council phone 0800 807 239

Opening hours: 

The Karamea landfill will be open during normal hours in Covid-19 level 1.

Karamea Hours: 
Wednesday, Friday & Sunday9.00am - 1.00pm


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