What is a Transfer Station?
- A place to take your unwanted waste.
- More commonly known as a "Tip" or "Rubbish Dump".
- Transfer Stations process materials for reuse, recycling, recovery or disposal.
- The Transfer Stations in Tauranga are leased & operated by Envirowaste. (Questions about prices/fees should be directed to Envirowaste on 07 574 9707).
Where are the Transfer Stations?
- Maleme Street Transfer Station is located on Maleme Street, Greerton
|Gatehouse 07 541 1904
||Recycling 07 541 1903
||Gatehouse 07 575 2809
||Recycling 07 574 8079
What hours are the transfer stations open?
Monday to Friday
|7.30am to 5.00pm
|Weekends and Public Holidays
||9.00am to 5.00pm
|Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday
What is not accepted at the Transfer Stations?
The Transfer Stations do not accept hazardous waste, medical waste or liquid wastes.
What is accepted at the Transfer Stations?
The Transfer Stations will accept the following materials. Please call the Transfer Station (see ‘Where are the Transfer Stations?’ above) if you are unsure about the disposal of an item.
||Accepted (charged for disposal to landfill) – this includes Televisions (TVs) following the completion of the TV Takeback Programme. Visit the TV Takeback site for details of local sites that will accept your TV for recycling – they are not recycled if dropped off at Transfer Stations in Tauranga.
Some recyclable materials can be taken free of charge to the recycling centres at the transfer stations. Some recyclables have a fee that is lower than landfill fees. Free recyclables include:
- Paper (newspaper, magazines, office paper, junk mail, envelopes)
- Aluminium and steel cans
- Glass bottles and jars – no window glass or light bulbs
- Plastic bottles (number 1 and 2 only)
- Ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines and clothes dryers, computer hard-drives (no keyboards, monitors etc.)
- Other ferrous and non-ferrous metals
- Car batteries
- Gas bottles
- Ni-cam batteries (used in cordless power tools, laptop computers, shavers, motorised toys, personal stereos, hearing aids)
- Clothing and textiles ( shoes and scraps of materials not accepted)
The following items are accepted if brought to the Transfer Station without any other waste (Note: if these recyclables are part of a load containing waste, the whole load will be charged as waste):
|Recycling (Fee Charged)
- Fridges and freezers – degassed and reused for scrap metal
- Car tyres – processed and made into fuel
- Concrete only loads – crushed and reused as aggregate
- Car bodies – reused for scrap metal
- Paint – household quantities can be dropped off for reuse but will be charged at the same rate as rubbish. Another option for paint recycling is Resene’s Paintwise Scheme.
- Garden-waste – complete loads only (no combined loads of garden-waste and rubbish will be accepted). Stop at the Recycling Centre to be assessed for a ‘Green-waste Approved Card’ and the present at the Gatehouse. Please note: No flax, bamboo, pampas, flowering gorse, palm trees and cabbage trees will be accepted as green waste but they will be accepted for disposal and charged at the general waste fee. If in doubt, please telephone the Transfer Station prior to attending the site.
- Maximum diameter 100 mm (4 inches)
Maximum lengths 3 m (10 feet)
See ‘Tauranga Transfer Station Disposal Charges’ below for the cost to dispose of garden-waste at the Transfer Stations.
Green waste is recycled and made into certified organic compost at the Te Maunga compost site.
Visit the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Waste and Recycling Directory for advice on where to recycle items that are not recycled at the Transfer Stations.
Last Reviewed: 28/07/2014