Rubbish and recycling facilities

Find your nearest recycling centre or transfer station and check their opening hours.

We're inviting all residents to share their thoughts on our draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, which maps out how we'll cut down on waste to landfill over the next six years.

You can share your feedback online, in person, or in writing by Thursday 9 May.

Check out the full plan and have your say today

Recycle these items free at all our facilities

Please only drop off your recycling during opening hours. We don't want it blowing around. All plastic, metal and glass needs to be thoroughly washed in hot water.

Ferguson Street recycling centre

Bring your recycling and e-waste here, including batteries from handheld devices and lead-acid batteries (mostly from cars and some power tools). This facility also accepts Tetra Pak and other liquid paperboard packaging, household motor oil and cooking oil, and children's car seats ($5 each). You can buy bags of compost here too.

545-573 Ferguson Street

Standard hours:

  • Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.30pm
  • Saturday 8am to 4.30pm
  • Sunday and public holidays 10am to 3pm

2024 Holiday hours:

  • Good Friday (29 March) – closed
  • Saturday 30 March – 8am to 4.30pm
  • Easter Sunday (31 March) – 10am to 3pm
  • Easter Monday (1 April) – 10am to 3pm
  • Christmas Day - closed

Payment: Cash, Eftpos or Paywave

Visit the Rubbish and recycling fees and charges page for more details.

Awapuni resource recovery park

Bring your recycling and green waste here, and buy compost and mulch. Tyre recycling is available. We accept untreated wood. The fee is $45/T.

General waste not accepted. 

Address: Tip Road, Palmerston North

Standard hours:

  • Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 4.30pm
  • Sundays and public holidays 12pm to 4pm

2024 Holiday hours:

  • Good Friday, 29 March – closed
  • Saturday, 30 March – 7.30am to 4.30pm
  • Easter Sunday, 31 March – 12pm to 4pm
  • Easter Monday, 1 April – 12pm to 4pm
  • Anzac Day, 25 April – 1pm to 4pm
  • Christmas Day, 25 December – closed

Payment: Cash, Eftpos or Paywave

Visit the Rubbish and recycling fees and charges page for more details.

Ashhurst transfer station

Bring your recycling, green waste and general rubbish here. 

Address: Mulgrave Street

Standard hours:

  • Tuesday – 1pm to 3pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 4pm
  • Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Payment: Cash, Eftpos or Paywave

Visit the Rubbish and recycling fees and charges page for more details.

EnviroWaste transfer station

Palmerston North has one refuse transfer station for general rubbish, which is privately owned and operated by EnviroWaste. There is a fee to use this service, however rubbish in Palmerston North City Council rubbish bags will be accepted for free.

31 Matthews Ave

For hours and pricing, please see the EnviroWaste website.


No fly-tipping

Never dump rubbish at our drop off points. We have CCTV cameras in place, and you will risk a $400 illegal dumping fine. Take your rubbish to the privately owned Matthews Ave Transfer Station instead. 

Register for Awapuni Resource Recovery Park open day

Ever wondered what happens to your recyclables once they’re whisked away from outside your house? Register your interest in a behind-the-scenes tour of our recycling plant in Awapuni.

We have 20 spots available at 9am, 10am, and again at 11am (60 spots in total).

We’ll also be holding a drop-in session from 9am – 12pm where you can come along and hear more about our plan for reducing waste over the next six years.

Register for a free tour

Click here to view form.

Book a trip to our recycling centre

We love to teach our community about how they can look after our environment better.

We offer small fieldtrips to our recycling centre in Awapuni for school or educational groups, or community groups.

Our recycling plant will be operating while you visit which means there are some health and safety obligations as part of the tour. Everyone will need to wear closed in shoes, hi-vis (we supply this) and earplugs, and be warned that it can be noisy and smelly. There is also machinery moving around the site so children need to be closely supervised.

We only have a couple of tours available each month so that we can keep up with the city’s recycling.

Please register below and we will get in touch.

Click here to view form.