Minimising waste helps protect and sustain our environment for future generations. Recycling and reusing materials also has economic and environmental benefits for our community.

Transfer Stations and Landfill

There are three Transfer Stations on the Chatham Islands – at Kaingaroa, Owenga and Te One.

The Te One Transfer Station, at present, has ongoing improvements.

  • A new Waste Management Building with glass crusher, and baler for recyclable products.
  • The old dump being closed, capped and re-established in native vegetation.
  • Revamp of the 'Mitre 12' building and area.

The sanitary landfill at Owenga was construction in 2014 with the help of a Government grant.

Recycling

There is a recycling collection point at 'Mitre 12' at Te One Transfer Station to help us reduce the amount of waste that goes into our landfill.

You can drop off items including:

  • building materials
  • car parts
  • tyres
  • toys
  • fish bins
  • pallets
  • rope
  • crockery
  • aluminium cans

Waste Minimisation Officer Colleen Clearwater is managing the recycling initiative at 'Mitre 12'. 

Aluminium cans are being collected for the ABC Trust and Number 1 plastic is being sent to New Zealand for recycling.

Electronic waste

Chatham Islands residents can dispose of items such as televisions, computers, scanners, printers, fax machines, toner, stereos, washing machines, DVD and VCR players, toasters, kettles, blenders and microwaves.

Items should be dropped off at 'Mitre 12' at Te One Transfer Station.

Number 1 plastic includes soft drink bottles, sauce bottles and juice bottles. It has a number one in a recycling triangle, usually on the bottom of the product.