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Omarunui LandfillTe ruapara o Ōmarunui

A landfill is a very complex facility, requiring the latest in technology to ensure the natural by-products that come with the burying of rubbish do not pollute our waterways, land or air. Omarunui Landfill has a Class A rating. It is not open to the public (except for organised tours), and commercial operators require a licence to be able to dispose of rubbish at the site.

Image of Omarunui Landfill. Omarunui Landfill received more than 86,000 tonnes of waste in the 2017/18 year. That is the equivalent of 86,000 small cars (which weigh about a tonne) each year.

Omarunui Landfill, to the west of Taradale, is jointly owned by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council. It opened for operation in late 1988. It has a Ministry for the Environment Class A rating, which recognises its extensive pollutant control and the practices in place to ensure effective environmental protection.

Of particular note is a gas to energy project at the landfill. It turns methane, a by-product of burying rubbish in a landfill, into electricity. The resulting electricity is sold back into the grid. The gas to electricity initiative, which became operational in 2015 and now produces about 1000 kilowatts of electricity a year, is a partnership between Hastings District Council and Pioneer Energy. That amount of electricity can power about 1000 homes for a year.


Video on landfill gas to energy

Omarunui Landfill is not open to the public. Public rubbish drop-offs are at the Transfer Stations. 

The landfill is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday to commercial operators/contractors with an Omarunui Landfill Waste Disposal Licence.

Waste disposal licence

To obtain an Omarunui Landfill Waste Disposal Licence contact Hastings District Council.  There are certain criteria that need to be met before a licence is approved.

Disposal charges

The disposal costs for all commercial/industrial trucks and trailer units are here: Omarunui Landfill Charges.

Penalty charges

Additional penalty charges may be charged in the following situations at the discretion of the landfill manager:

  • Late delivery of wastes (after 4pm or outside of normal operating hours)
  • Non-compliance with direction given for the delivery of materials such as putrescible wastes and special wastes
  • Insecure loads: The kiosk operator, landfill supervisor or landfill manager may impose a penalty charge for insecure loads

Environmental policy

Omarunui Landfill is committed to providing an environmentally responsible waste disposal site which safely contains all waste on-site, complies with legal requirements, and seeks to continually improve environmental performance.

Public tours

If you have ever wondered how waste is managed in Hastings and Napier, consider taking a public tour of the landfill and refuse transfer stations. Register your interest in a tour by emailing Hastings District Council.

Omarunui Landfill

Omarunui Landfill, Puketapu, Hawke's Bay


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