Your local recycling centre

FAQs

What type of metal is acceptable for recycling at the EcoDepots?
Where can I take carpet?
Where can I take fridges/freezers/ovens/washing machines for disposal?
Where can I take the waste oil from my car? How do I dispose of waste oil?
Who can use the glass bottle recycling drop-off points at the EcoDepots?
Where can I recycle my old computer?
Where can I take my used clothing or material?
Where can I take wood/timber products for recycling?
Where do I dispose of used or old batteries?
Can I book a site visit to an EcoDrop or Recycling Centre?
Can I pay by Eftpos or cheque at the EcoDepot?
Can I set up a charge account for disposal of waste at the EcoDrops?
Do the EcoDrops have public weighbridges?
How do I make a complaint about being wrongly charged, poor customer service and/or the condition of EcoDrop?
What can I do with the rotten contents of my freezer that has broken down?
Where do I take hardfill for disposal?
Why do we need the Christchurch City Waste Handling facility Licensing Bylaw?

What type of metal is acceptable for recycling at the EcoDrops?

The recycling drop-offs accept all types of scrap metal. Examples of scrap metal are: Aluminium, steel, Iron, copper, Air conditioners, Car parts and drained engine blocks, Old bike frames, Whiteware, fridges, freezers, ovens, washing machines, Old heaters

Where can I take carpet?

The three EcoDrops all have a recycling drop-off point. The staff will advise if the carpet is in good enough condition to be reused - if not you can continue through to the general refuse area where a fee will be charged to dump it.

Where can I take fridges/freezers/ovens/washing machines for disposal?

You can leave them at the recycling centre at any EcoDrop free of charge. Staff will ensure safe and efficient disposal by removing the gas.

Where can I take the waste oil from my car? How do I dispose of waste oil?

Domestic - The EcoDrop recycling drop-off points will take waste oil (car engine oil only, not cooking oil, or diesel) from residential sources only, with a maximum limit of 20 litres. Also check if your local service station will accept it. Note: Empty oil containers cannot be recycled in the green crate at the kerbside and need to be disposed of as refuse in a council refuse bag, or directly at an EcoDrop. The recycling drop-off points at the three EcoDrop's accept waste car oil from domestic sources only. There is a 20 litre limit. Oil should be taken in a container and given to staff. There is no charge for leaving waste oil at the recycling area.

To find out more about used oil and its impact on the environment go to the ECan used oil web page.

Who can use the glass bottle recycling drop-off points at the EcoDrops?

The glass bottle recycling collection points at EcoDrops are intended for domestic users. Recycling drop-off points have several labeled bins intended for the collection of a variety of glass bottles including clear, green and amber glass. Broken window glass cannot be recycled.

Businesses have the option of using a commercial recycling collection service to take sorted glass bottles directly to EcoSort's site at Parkhouse Road, Sockburn. Prior arrangements with EcoSort will be necessary to get guidelines for sorting, and to give details of volumes and frequency of loads etc.

 

Where can I recycle my old computer?

The recycling drop-off points at the EcoDrops may accept items for free (inspection required).

Where can I take my used clothing or material?

Clothing and rag bins are distributed around most communities and clothing left in them is sold on as fund raisers for charities. Second hand clothing will either be reused or recycled.

Second hand clothing stores may accept clothes directly from the public. Some may sell clothes on your behalf.

The EcoDrops will accept clothing, fabric and textiles at the recycling drop-off points at no charge.

Where can I take wood/timber products for recycling?

If you have small/domestic quantities of wood/timber products (e.g. desks, shelving, chairs, toys etc) that are in good condition then you can take them to be recycled a the EcoDrop. Note: the staff at the recycling drop-off points reserve the right to refuse any items they see which have no reuse/resale value.

Reusable wood off-cuts are also accepted.

Where do I dispose of used or old batteries?

For small quantities: Used household batteries (including rechargeable ones) cannot be economically recycled at present. Vehicle batteries can be taken to an EcoDrop. Staff will accept car batteries free of charge at the recycling drop-off point. • Mobile phone batteries and accessories can be disposed of at your local mobile phone retailer eg Telecom, Nokia, Vodafone, or at Mobilefonerepair.com Ltd at 81 Moorhouse Ave. Commercial and Industrial batteries may be able to be recycled - contact the Christchurch City Council's Hazardous Waste Advisory Service for advice.

Can I book a site visit to an EcoDrop or Recycling Centre?

Yes.

  • The number of people for a tour range from a minimum of four to maximum of 30. The ideal group size is 20.
  • Tours are tailored to suit the tour group's reason for the visit, level of background knowledge/experience and age. 'A Waste of a Day Out' is a day trip designed to give school children the overall picture of waste.
  • Tours need to be booked in advance.
  • There is no cost to Christchurch residents or school parties.
  • For more information, or to book a school site visit, call the Christchurch City Council waste line.
  • To enquire about a tour for non-school parties please contact Christchurch City Council.
  • There may be a charge for national and international parties.

Can I pay by Eftpos or cheque at the EcoDepot?

Payment at an EcoDrop may be by: - Cash - Cheque made out to EcoCentral Limited (with suitable identification) - EFTPOS - Charge Account (for businesses only. This facility must be pre-arranged)

Can I set up a charge account for disposal of waste at the EcoDrops?

Yes however this will need prior approval and cannot be arranged on the spot. Please email us or speak to the kiosk operator.

Do the EcoDrops have public weighbridges?

Yes. The three EcoDrops each have a weighbridge which is available to the public. There is a charge for using this facility so please refer to the price list for details.

How do I make a complaint about being wrongly charged, poor customer service and/or the condition of EcoDrop?

If you are not satisfied and would like to discuss the following:

  • Condition of the EcoDrop eg litter, paper, dust, smell
  • Customer service eg feel staff or kiosk operators are not polite
  • Wrongly charged eg. think you were overcharged for disposing of green waste.

Then please phone EcoCentral to record your complaint or email us.

What can I do with the rotten contents of my freezer that has broken down?

Rotten contents can be taken to any of the EcoDrops for disposal. Please make sure that the contents are packaged properly.

Where do I take hardfill for disposal?

Hardfill (also known as natural cleanfill) is uncontaminated gravels, clay, rock, silt, rubble, concrete, soil, bricks, stones, pavers, sand and other inorganic inert materials. Household quantities can be taken in small trailer loads to an EcoDrop, where it can be disposed of separately to general refuse.

Why do we need the Christchurch City Waste Handling facility Licensing Bylaw?

The bylaw has been adopted by Council to regulate the operation of any waste handling facility. It encourages waste sorting and ensures that waste minimisation levies are collected not only at Council owned facilities but also at any commercially run facilities that might be set up in the future.

The Council believes the bylaw will assist the city in minimising waste. Under the bylaw, any site which prepared waste for disposal to landfill would need to sort it and, where it is economically and reasonably possible to do so, divert the sorted material out of the waste stream.