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Waste and hazardous substances

As a nation, New Zealand creates a lot of waste yet 65% of the average rubbish bag could be recycled or composted. 

Waste is everyone's problem and we all need to take responsibility for the rubbish we create. We’ve set out rules for waste minimisation for Otago in our Regional Plan: Waste.

Read more about the Regional Plan: Waste (As we are still working on our Plans and Policies page, this link will take you back to our current website)

Waste disposal and recycling services operate throughout the region. Check the facilities available near you and help reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites. Contact your city or district council to find out about what recycling services are available in your area.

Stock truck effluent

Stock effluent spillage from cartage trucks onto Otago roads can be dangerous to other road users and cause problems. Read more

Septic tanks

It is estimated that around 14,600 Otago properties, or 38,000 people (around one in five Otago residents) are serviced by septic tanks. Read more

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