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On this page we have links to our information brochures on recycling, give you information on bus tours through the landfill so you can see first-hand how it works, and list some external groups who support responsible waste management practices.

Waste Minimisation Education

Helping residents to manage rubbish in the most environmentally-friendly way possible is a responsibility of all councils. 

To keep valuable materials from being buried in Omarunui Landfill, it is important that we avoid purchasing wasteful items, reduce waste where we can, and reuse and recycle whenever possible.


 To promote waste minimisation, New Zealand has a 'waste hierarchy' table:

1. Reject
Too much packaging waste around an product you are looking at buying? Say no and question your need for the item.
2. Reduce
Reducing waste includes "rejecting". How many times will you be able to use  an item over its life? For example, take reusable bags instead of relying on single-use supermarket bags.
3. Reuse
'Do I really need to throw this out or can it have another purpose?' For example, old tyres (tyre swings, herb gardens, etc.), wood pallets, etc.
4. Recycle
If you have an item that isn't useful to you or others, check to see if it can be recycled. There are recycling depots around the district as well as kerbside recycling collections in the urban areas. 
5. Recover
For example, dismantling items to recover precious metals and more.
6. Treat
Common waste treatment includes composting and burning for energy.
7. Disposal
Disposal to landfill is the last resort.

Want to know more?

For lots of information on what is and is not recyclable, how to do it well, and where Hastings recycling goes, see the information in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page.

To learn the best ways to deal with organic waste see Organic Waste.

To find out where to take your electronic waste see Electronic Waste.

To find out what to do (and not to do) with hazardous waste see Hazardous Waste.

To see what happens to rubbish that is not recovered or recycled, book in for a tour of a transfer station and/or the landfill (see below), or see Omarunui Landfill

Landfill and transfer station tours

Have you ever wondered what happens to your rubbish after you leave the bag at your kerbside? You can find out by taking a tour of the Henderson Road Transfer Station and/or the Omarunui Landfill. Register your interest in taking a public tour by emailing Council or contacting us by telephone.

School groups

We frequently take school groups through the landfill and the feedback is always excellent. You provide the transport, teachers and pupils, and we will supply high-visibility safety vests and an interesting morning or afternoon.

If you are a teacher and would like to bring your class for a tour, you should review the checklist and risk management sheets (in the 'related documents' section) and then contact Council's waste minimisation team.

Contact us

Our Council waste minimisation team would love to hear your feedback on our education services. Email us your feedback or query, or call us during office hours.

Other waste minimisation organisations

Environment Centre

The Environment Centre Hawke's Bay on Karamu Rd in Hastings is a fantastic place to visit if you want to learn about waste, its impact on the environment and general sustainability. The Environment Centre also provides courses on at-home composting, running your own worm farm, and managing worm farms in schools.

Waste-free with Kate

Information on Kate Meads initiative can be found on her website. Courses are run when she visits Hawke's Bay. These are fantastic course you will not want to miss.

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