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 

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.


Cleanfill materials are natural soils such as clay, soil, and rock, and some manufactured materials such as concrete, brick or tiles. Read more

Contaminated land

Contaminants in soil can cause adverse effects on both human health and the environment through both short-term and long-term exposure. The value of land and its potential for rural, residential, or recreational uses can also be reduced. 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

Stock truck effluent

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


Otago is a big region, and we rely on the public to let us know when and where you see pollution. Read more

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