Your local recycling centre

What we accept

EcoDrop Recycling Centres

Recycling covers items we will send away for re-processing or for re-use.

1. We accept items normally placed into your Yellow Bin:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Glass bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Paper

2. Any household items including but not limited to:

  • Furniture
  • Electrical items (stereos, vacuum cleaners etc)
  • Sporting equipment
  • Kitchen wares
  • Bicycles
  • Work tools
  • Printer toner cartridges
  • Retro and antique items

Our trained staff will undertake a visual inspection prior to acceptance

Household Hazardous Waste

Located next to recycling centres at all three EcoDrop locations, the Household Hazardous Waste drop off accepts most domestic items that can have a long term negative effect on the environment.  Our trained staff can assist you to the correct area.

When you arrive at the recycling centre, please inform one of our team members if you have hazardous waste in your load so it can be correctly sorted.  Please ensure you provide our team member with as much information as possible in identifying the material so we can ensure it's placed into the correct area. All household hazardous waste must be in an appropriate lidded container, preferably the container it was purchased in. There are limits to the volumes and types accepted, if in doubt call 03 941 7513.

We accept at a glance

  • Used oil and automotive liquids
  • Car batteries
  • Liquid chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Dry chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • LPG cylinders
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Paints and associated painting solvents
  • Garden herbicides
  • Garden pesticides

We cannot accept as household hazardous waste

  • Hazardous waste from any business or commercial site (please engage a specialist waste service for this waste stream)
  • Pharmaceuticals (surplus pill, medicines etc.  These should be returned to the issuing pharmacy)
  • Medical waste (please engage a specialist waste service for this waste stream)
  • Ammunition (contact the Police Arms Office)
  • Explosive and flares (contact the Police Arms Office)
  • Asbestos and products containing asbestos

EcoDrop Metro is able to accept encapsulated Asbestos which must adhere to our strict requirements before we can take ownership. Asbestos must be wrapped in plastic and sealed in no greater than one tonne lots. For more information click here.

For further information on the handling and disposal of hazardous waste, please refer to Christchurch City Council information here.

General Refuse

General refuse of domestic and commercial quantities can be disposed of in the pit area of our EcoDrop. This would typically be reflective of the contents of your red bin. A fee is charged for the disposal of general refuse.

It is a critical safety concern that you heed all warning signs, keep children in vehicles at all times and do not enter the pit itself.  Doing so will place yourself and our team members in danger of physical injury.

Upon leaving, your vehicle will be weighed to determine the net weight of material you have deposited into the pit.  This will determine the cost of using this service.

For an understanding of fees and charges, please refer to our fees and charges page.

Green Waste

Garden green material, that has been kept separate from other refuse, can be dropped off at any of our EcoDrops.

We accept as Green Waste:

  • Fresh garden matter
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Shrub and hedge trimmings
  • Rose prunings
  • Lawn clippings.

We do not accept as Green Waste

  • Mixed loads of refuse and garden waste that cannot be sorted
  • Tree stumps and branches more than 100mm in diameter (approx 4 inches)
  • Flax and flax flower stalks
  • Bamboo
  • Cabbage tree leaves
  • Toi toi
  • Palm fronds
  • Yucca
  • Gorse and broom in seed
  • Soil and roots heavily covered in soil
  • Old compost heaps
  • Stones
  • Plastic
  • Glass and metal objects
  • Twine or string
  • Newspaper
  • Animal manure
  • Oxalis
  • Grass clippings where weed killer products have been used in the last 6 months

Any item in the list above is treated as general refuse. General refuse rate apply.


We accept as Hardfill

  • Clean unpainted concrete roofing tiles
  • Clean rubble
  • Concrete
  • Unpainted bricks
  • Large stones

We do not accept as Hardfill

  • Reinforced concrete with exposed reinforcing
  • Concrete with particle board still attached
  • Hebel
  • Asphalt
  • Floor tiles or ceramics
  • Painted bricks

Hardfill must be kept separate from any green or general refuse. Hardfill is only accepted at the Metro and Styx Mill EcoDrops.

A fee is charged for the disposal of hardfill.  This material is kept separate from the rest of the refuse to allow a reuse option and our team can direct you to the required location.


We accept as Soil

  • Dedicated loads of soil with no contamination

We do not accept as Soil

  • Soil with stones
  • Soil with green waste
  • Soil with any other contamination


All tyres must be kept separated from the general refuse and recycling.  Our team will direct you to the correct location for disposal. There is a charge for the disposal of tyres.


New plasterboard offcuts may be disposed of at our EcoDrops. New plasterboard must be free from paint, wallpaper, adhesives, and any other foreign material. For price enquiries please phone 03 741 7513 or enquire at our EcoDrop Kiosk.