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Waste at work

Customers, employees and other stakeholders now expect companies to take responsibility for the way they manage waste. You’ve got waste at work and we’ve got the know-how to help your business.

Why should I reduce my waste?

In 2021 at least 28% of waste sent to Ōmarunui landfill came from the commercial sector.*  Hastings District Council’s 2018-2024 waste minimisation and management plan sets out to reduce the waste businesses send to landfill, and to support them in this process.

  • Reducing waste at work makes sense. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s important.
  • Less waste means less frequent or smaller collections.
  • When you send less waste to landfill, you reduce Hastings’ greenhouse gases and toxins.
  • Customers value businesses who do the right thing.
  • Reducing waste helps you play your part in saving resources and energy.
  • Reduce litter and protect our local environment.

To learn more about why you should reduce waste visit the waste education page of this website.

*Based on weightrax data.  

How do I reduce my waste?

Reducing waste with HDC

You’ve got waste, our waste minimisation team has the know-how. We've created a guide and some supporting tools to help you on your journey.

Check out our guide to waste at work.

Supporting tools

Together, we can get to know your waste using one of our handy tools. The visual survey, waste map and waste audit will help get to know your waste. It’s important to get to know your waste before you start reducing it so we can find solutions that work for you.

What tool is right for me?

Take a look at our visual survey, waste map and waste audit. Our Waste Minimization team have designed these interactive tools so you can get to know your waste, no matter where you are on your waste reduction journey.

Visual Survey

A great starting point for anyone, no matter where you are on your waste journey. The visual survey will give you an idea of what systems you have in place, and how well they’re working. Download it here.

Waste Map

Perfect if you’re wanting to get to know you’re waste, but don’t have a load of time on your hands. The waste map will let you know what waste you’re creating so we can find solutions that increase reducing, reusing and recycling. Download it here.

Waste Audit

Requires some effort and equipment. But don’t let that scare you! By deep diving into your waste we can find specific solutions that will see you reducing and reusing waste like never before. Download it here.

We’re happy to help you at any stage, email us at

Who else can help?

Wanting to repair something?  
Get in touch with our local MenzShed.

Keen to manage your food waste?
Try out a Bokashi, Compost bin or worm Farm at the office.

Not sure what to do with furniture?
Re-Source can distribute furniture in good condition via social and community workers.

Need to recycle coffee pods, lids & more?
The Environment Centre can recycle these, soft plastics, TetraPak and more.

Want to try reusable containers?
Again Again is an exciting container lending system across New Zealand.

Want to make waste awareness part of your workplace?
Download our Awareness Day Calendar.

Learn from others

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Waste Minimisation Fund Recipients

Hastings District Council has two Waste Minimisation Funds available to the community that aim to support projects that result in a new waste minimisation activity, either by implementing new initiatives or expanding on existing activities.

The purpose of these funds is to contribute to building a community that values our resources, re-uses, re-purposes and recycles as much as possible. This can be achieved through education, engagement and the development of new technology and ways of working.

Want to apply? Head to the Waste Minimisation Fund page

Check out some of the awesome projects our waste minimisation fund has supported so far.

My Walk in Wardrobe coordinate pop up, sustainable fashion markets. Where people can buy and sell pre-loved, vintage, handmade, upcycled clothing, shoes, accessories and jewellery. They aim to make slow fashion more mainstream while preventing tonnes of textile waste and unethical manufacturing practises.

With the support of Hastings District Council, My Walk in Wardrobe hosted two pop up markets.

Nest Fest is a boutique independent music festival, hosted in Hawkes Bay - working toward zero waste. They worked with Closed Loop to sort through the rubbish to separate out recycling and food waste.

In 2021 they wanted to reduce waste further and with the support of Hastings District Council, were able to trial the Futurity re-usable cup scheme at Nest fest 2021.

Project Do Less is a Hawkes Bay created movement that aims to empower the community to make a difference to climate change by showing them all the small things they can do right now to contribute to the solution.

With the support of Hastings District Council, Project Do less have created social media platforms, a website, and hosted a day at Woodford House, and in Havelock North to encourage people to make the pledge and ‘Do Less.’

HDC CBD kerbside collection

Business kerbside rubbish collection

We offer an opt-in kerbside rubbish collection for businesses located in Hastings' and Havelock North's CBDs.

Definitely, if your business is in the Hastings or Havelock CBD you can use council's kerbside rubbish service.

The Hastings CBD covers Nelson Street South down to Miller Street, and from Avenue Road across to Eastbourne Street West. Havelock's CBD spans from Karanema Drive across to Porter Drive, from the Havelock Road roundabout and up through Joll Road.

If your business is generating waste we encourage you to first think about where changes could be made to reduce, reuse or refuse waste. When you’ve established what needs to be collected, contact a local waste removal service.

If your business is unsure of how to dispose of waste, our A-Z commercial waste guide outlines local providers who accept all kinds of waste.

We understand that as a business you'll generate a few types of waste. Our kerbside rubbish service accepts general staff and kitchen waste including items like food packaging, broken glass, receipts and single use coffee cups. This service is an opt-in extension of our household rubbish collection, treat your bin with the same care you would at home.  

We’re finding that more and more businesses are choosing to compost food scraps – and we’re all for it! These can be taken directly to Biorich (our local commercial composter), taken home to your own compost bin, or you can engage with a local waste provider to arrange a food waste collection.

Look after your bin and our landfill by keeping these items out of your kerbside rubbish: Garden waste, hot ashes/items, batteries and hazardous waste, gas bottles, medical waste, liquid waste, construction waste, gravel, soil, tiles, oil and flammable liquids.

We encourage businesses to talk with local waste removal services to find the best fit for them. These providers are most suited to managing your larger quantities of waste, construction and demolition waste and recyclable materials. By diverting waste from landfill your collection rates will often be cheaper. We’re lucky to have a variety of options for commercial waste in our region.

To get started and have a bin delivered for a kerbside rubbish collection the property owner will need to pay what's called an "opt-in additional rate" charge of $270.00 per annum*

(*based on landfill rates and ETS etc).

For $270.00 per annum you will receive a 120L rubbish bin which is serviced twice a week.

The Hastings CBD is collected on Monday and Thursday. Havelock's CBD rubbish is collected on Tuesday and Friday. Make sure to have your bin out at 7 am. on the day of collection.

You don't need to present your bin for every collection, just when it's full! We actually love it when you don’t and offer a rates remission to property owners who present their rubbish less than 52 times in a calendar year. The rates remission puts 25% of your total waste charge back in your pocket to recognise your reduction in waste sent to landfill.

You don't need to present your bin for every collection, just when it's full! We actually love it when you don’t and offer a rates remission to property owners who present their rubbish less than 52 times in a calendar year. The rates remission puts 25% of your total waste charge back in your pocket to recognise your reduction in waste sent to landfill.

  1. We encourage businesses to really think about what goes in their bin before making landfill their last choice. Minimize your waste and save money by separating recyclable and compostable material from your general waste.
  2. When you've identified what can be recycled or composted, and you still have more than 120L of rubbish, approach a local waste removal provider who can advise you on the best service type to suit your business.

HDC cannot offer additional bins. If you need another bin, you’ll need to contact another local waste removal provider.


At the moment our kerbside collection for businesses only includes rubbish. But, this doesn’t mean you can’t recycle! Local waste removal providers will collect paper, cardboard, glass, food scraps and plastics at the kerbside. Recycling isn't just limited to these, the Environment Centre can recycle your e-waste, aluminium coffee capsules, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, and more.

Have an item that needs recycling but don't see it listed above? Check out our A-Z waste guide.

Construction and demolition waste

With growing customer demand for sustainability, a shortage of construction materials and the waste disposal levy* increasing from $30.00/T  to $50.00/T on 1 July 2023, now’s the time to make landfill your last choice.

Did you know in New Zealand the average new build home produces some 4.5 tonnes of waste?**  

When we think about waste going to landfill we tend to picture the stuff in our rubbish bins, but a major portion of what goes to landfill in New Zealand is actually from the construction and demolition sector. Even right here in Hastings one in five truckloads of waste to landfill is construction and demolition materials.

But it’s not all bad news! The majority of construction and demolition waste is recoverable, and can be put to good use. All it takes is some forward planning and careful management.

We can help you reduce waste to landfill on your building site. Get in touch with our Regional Construction & Demolition Waste Minimisation Advisor via

*Ministry for the Environment - Waste disposal levy
**Our Auckland - Building the path to zero waste

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