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Transfer Stations

What is a Transfer Station? Where are the Transfer Stations? Transfer station hours What's not accepted at Transfer Stations? What is accepted at Transfer Stations? Transfer Station Charges  Waste and Recycling Directory

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

Telephone numbers:

Gatehouse 07 541 1904 Recycling 07 541 1903
  • Te Maunga Transfer Station is located on Truman Road, Te Maunga (next to Baypark Arena)
Telephone numbers: 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.

More information on disposing of hazardous waste

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. 


General waste Accepted (charged for disposal to landfill).

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)
  • Cardboard
  • 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
  • Used/Unused fire extinguishers
  • Gas bottles
  • Clothing and textiles (shoes and scraps of materials not accepted)
  • Mobile phone handsets and accessories
  • Car batteries

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)
  • TVs are accepted for recycling at the Transfer Stations' - a fee of $30 is charged.
  • Fridges and freezers – degassed and reused for scrap metal
  • Car tyres – shredded and reused in civil construction, synthetic sport fields, landscaping, mats, non-slip pavements, and a raw material for adhesives and resins.
  • 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.

Waste and Recycling Directory

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.

 Waste and Recycling Directory 

Last Reviewed: 31/01/2017

Tauranga Transfer Station Disposal Charges

As at 1 July 2016  

General Waste

Cars $20.50 per 100kg - Minimum charge $11.50 - up to 50kg
Small Trailers, Stationwagons, Vans, Utes, SUVs and Large Trailers $20.50 per 100kg - Minimum charge $11.50 - up to 50kg
Trucks $191.68 per tonne - Minimum charge $41.00

Garden-waste (no Flax, Bamboo, Pampas Grass, Palm & Cabbage Trees)

Cars $101.00 per tonne - Minimum charge $10.50 - up to 100kg
Small Trailers, Stationwagons, Vans, Utes, SUVs and Large Trailers $101.00 per tonne - Minimum charge $10.50 - up tp 100kg
Trucks $97.38 per tonne - Minimum charge $16.40

Other Charges

Weigh Bridge only $15.00 per weigh
Concrete (must be 100% concrete or will be charged at General Waste cost) Charged at $47.00 per tonne with a minimum charge of $47.00.
Tyres Car and 4x4 Tyres @ $7.00ea
Truck Tyres @ $17.00ea
Tractor Tyres @ $108.00ea

Free at Recycling Centre
If presented with rubbish, charged at $200.50/T

Car Bodies (Stripped) Te Maunga Station Only $25.00 per car body
Paying at Transfer Station:

Cash, Eftpos, Credit Cards, (Mastercard and Visa only) No Cheques Accepted.

For setting up a charge account at Transfer Stations please phone: 07 574 9707

Last Reviewed: 13/01/2017