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. 

The council is accepting car seats for recycling at all its 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.

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.

Collections from farms in Hurunui are undertaken by McCarthy Contracting in Tai Papu, who can be contacted via their Facebook page or on 03 329 6665.

Plasback bins and bags can be purchased from all rural merchants in Hurunui

Contact Plasback for further information.

Bokashi Composting - Discounted Offer

Organic waste is a considerable proportion of the total waste stream, which ends up being disposed of to landfill, so council is encouraging people to recycle organic waste by selling bokashi composting kits at a discounted rate.

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 for a discounted rate at Amberley transfer station and the Amberley Council offices.  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


Pet Waste Composting - Discounted Offer

As animal waste should NOT be placed in council's refuse bags, the council is encouraging the use of Ensopet, an innovative in ground composting system, specifically designed for composting pet waste, easily and hygienically.   EnsoPet composts all pet waste from dogs, cats, rabbits and even guinea pigs!

EnsoPet will keep your yard free of pet waste and prevent it ending up in landfill, while returning carbon to the soil and rebuilding the soil on a microbial level.   A Composting Kit system comprises of the EnsoPet Composter, a 1.2kg bag of EnsoPet Starter, tongs and instruction leaflet.

Once installed in the garden, using the tongs provided, pet waste can be collected and placed in the composter and EnsoPet Starter sprinkled on top.  The micro-organisms in the EnsoPet Starter ensure a rapid breakdown of waste and due to this continuous cycle of composing the EnsoPet composter will take many months or may never completely fill, ensuring extended use.   If your composter fills, simply move it to another location in your garden.

Pet waste composting kits and 1.2kg bags of Ensopet Starter are available for purchase at a discounted rate at Amberley transfer station and the Council Amberley offices.  They can also be ordered via the Cheviot, Hanmer Springs and Amuri libraries -  from where they will be available for collection in a couple of days.

Pet Waste Composting Kits and Starter Mix

Discounted Price

Ensopet Waste Composter Kit - includes 1 x 1.2kg bag of Ensopet Starter mix


Per bag of EnsoPet Starter mix (1.2kg)


Events Recycling

Hurunui Council has event recycling bins for hire to 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 recycling systems at events, council has produced a Guide to Reducing Event Waste.

Soft Plastic Recycling - Amberley Countdown

Soft plastic are not currently accepted for recycling by Hurunui Council, as they can contaminate the recycling process.   

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.

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

Kate Valley Landfill

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