Recycling Damaged, Expired and Unwanted Car Seats

Hurunui Council is working with and supporting SeatSmart to divert unwanted child car seats from landfill and raise awareness of car seat expiry dates. 

At least 40,000 car seats expire per year and are disposed of to landfill in New Zealand, but SeatSmart has proven approximately 90% of car seat components are recyclable.  Sending car seats to landfill, wastes resources, and impacts on the environment, whilst donating or selling expired child seats or using those which have been involved in an accident can put children at risk.

Hurunui Council is accepting car seats for recycling at its Amberley, Cheviot, Culverden, Hanmer Springs and Waiau transfer stations (during opening hours) for a fee of $5 per seat, through the scheme, all brands are accepted, except for polystyrene seats. 

On arrival at the transfer stations, remember to let the staff know you have a car seat, so it can be placed in the correct area.  The actual cost to recycle via the scheme is $10 per seat, but council has agreed to support the scheme using it's reimbursement from the landfill levy and provide a $5 per seat subsidy to encourage participation.

Car seats are dismantled as part of a Department of Corrections community work programme,   94% of the seat (by weight) is recycled as shown below.

For further details, visit or call Hurunui Council on 03 314 8816 or ask at the transfer stations.

Events Recycling

Hurunui Council has event recycling bins for hire to help maximise recycling from local events and minimise waste to landfill. 

Those organising events are encouraged to consider early on during the planning stages how to minimise their waste by providing monitored recycling bins or implementing a straw free policy when engaging food vendors.

For guidance on how to implement efficient waste and recycling systems at events, council has produced a Guide to Reducing Event Waste.

Sort Plastic Recycling - Amberley Countdown

Soft plastic are not currently accepted for recycling by councils, as they can contaminate the recycling process.  New Zealanders use over 1.6 billion plastic bags in the home every year. 

The Soft Plastics Recycling project takes all soft plastic bags including bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags and courier envelopes - basically anything made of plastic, which can be scrunched into a ball!

In Hurunui, used soft plastics can be put in the recycling bin at Countdown, Amberley for no charge.  From here, everything is collected by REDcycle for recycling into street furniture e.g. park benches.

Agricultural Recycling - Agrecovery

A free drop-off point is at the Cheviot and Culverden transfer stations (during opening hours) for recycling high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic agrichemical containers, including those which previously contained pesticides, veterinary medicines and agricultural chemicals.  To be accepted, containers must be:

Culverden and Cheviot transfer stations are not drop off points for silage wrap.  For further information on recycling silage wrap or to arrange a collection, call Plasback on 0508 338 240 or visit

Agricultural Recycling - Plasback

Hurunui Council is keen to prevent the burning and burying of waste plastics on farms and therefore supports Plasback, the product stewardship scheme to recycle farm plastics.

The scheme, has developed a network of collectors throughout the country, providing farmers with an 'on farm collection' solution for used bale wrap, HDPE 100 and 200 litre drums, polypropylene bags and vineyard net.

Contact Plasback for further information including where in Hurunui to purchase the bags and collection arrangements.

Bokashi Composting - Discounted Offer

As organic waste makes up a considerable proportion of the total waste stream, which ends up being disposed of to landfill, the council is encouraging residents, businesses and schools to recycle organic waste by offering bokashi composting kits at a discounted rate.

Composting using bokashi is an easy way to recycle food waste to produce a material, which can be used as a ‘slow release’ fertiliser in the garden.  Bokashi is made from Effective Microorganisms (EM), molasses and plant based materials, such as sawdust, rice bran or wheat bran and it is 100% natural.

Using a special airtight container, adding bokashi to fruit, vegetables, left over prepared foods, cooked or raw meat and fish, egg shells, small pieces of bones, coffee grinds and tea bags produces a nutrient rich compost in under half the time of normal composting. 

Bokashi composting kits and Compost-Zing are available for purchase at Amberley transfer station (52 Grays Road).  They can also be ordered via the Cheviot, Hanmer Springs and Amuri libraries and will be available for collection in a couple of days.

Bokashi Composting Kits and Compost-Zing

Discounted Price

10 litre system - starter kit (bucket set and one bag of Compost-Zing)


15 litre system - starter kit (bucket set and one bag of Compost-Zing)


Compost-Zing per 1kg bag


Schools and Community Recycling Education Programme

The council provides a free recycling and waste minimisation education programme for schools, pre-schools and community groups in Hurunui.

For further details on the education programme, see the 'Schools and Community Groups Recycling and Waste Minimisation' page.

Love Food Hate Waste NZ

New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food. New Zealand wide, this adds up to a staggering $872 million and equates to 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill.

The council is participating in the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign, which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. 

For practical tips and suggestions regarding how to reduce your own food waste, whilst saving money too, visit 

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2012) revised 2014

At Council's May 2012 meeting, the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2012) was adopted.  This plan provides council for the coming six years with objectives, policies and targets to enable residents, businesses, ratepayers and visitors to the district to be provided with highly effective, efficient, safe and cost effective waste management and minimisation services.

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2012) is available here.  Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2012

One Planet E-Book

The One Planet eBook has been put together as a Canterbury-wide project and offers a one-stop shop for a vast range of information, videos and links on waste and its associated issues.

The One Planet eBook provides a wide range of information regarding local resource recovery, the global implications of waste and the importance of everyone contributing towards helping to divert waste from being disposed of into landfill.

Kate Valley Landfill

For further information regarding Kate Valley Landfill, please contact Canterbury Waste Services on 03 359 1800 or click Kate Valley Landfill.