Rubbish Collection & Transfer Station


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Transfer station information


Wheelie Bin Service 

The Gore District Council has a kerbside wheelie bin collection service for households and businesses, in Gore and Mataura.

The red lidded bin is for household waste, plastic, paper, steel cans, sanitary waste, food waste etc.

The yellow lidded bin is for glass only.

There is free disposal of greenwaste at the Gore and Mataura transfer stations.

There is cardboard and aluminium recycling bins at the Gore Transfer Station and behind the Mataura community centre, McQueen Avenue. Cardboard can also be left at the Pakeke Lions North Gore depot.


Collection Days

Red lidded bin will be collected weekly, for three consecutive weeks. The yellow lidded bin will be collected every fourth week.

You can download our handy collection day calendar below

Collection Calendar [PDF, 30 KB]



New Service FAQs 

Why did the Council change the service? 

The Council was forced to review its waste collection service after WasteNet’s decision to award the recycling contract to Smart Environmental was challenged by the current provider, Southland disAbility Enterprises (SdE).

WasteNet is a shared service representing the Gore District, Southland District and Invercargill City councils. Last year WasteNet put the recycling contract out to tender, as SdE’s contract ends on 30 June this year.

Two tenders were received and after careful analysis, Smart Environmental was chosen as the successful party. One of the main factors in this decision was that its cost per annum was about 25% lower than SdE’s tender.

Will the new service cost more? 

  • No, the existing charges for residents will remain. 

What if the red bin isn’t big enough for all my rubbish?

  • If you have an 80-litre bin, you can upgrade to a larger 240-litre bin at an additional cost.
  • Please call us to talk about your options.

What can I do if I can’t take my green waste to the transfer station?

  • There are local businesses providing green waste collection services.

Can I put green waste in my red bin? 

  • This bin should be used primarily for household waste i.e. food waste, plastic, paper, steel cans, sanitary waste, rubbish.

What happens to the green waste? 

  • It will be mulched and used as landfill cover. Green waste that can be chipped will be processed and used by parks and reserves staff for public gardens.

Where will the glass go? 

  • It will be stored locally in bunkers and be crushed.

How much noise will the collection of the glass bins create? 

  • The collection of glass only will be noisy. However it is a passing noise rather than a constant or prolonged interruption.

Will the glass be sorted into colours? 

  • Not at this stage.

What happens to the glass after it is crushed? 

  • We will be looking into options for selling and/or reusing the glass.  

What bin do I put my plastic, paper and steel cans into?  Where does it go? 

  • You will be able to dispose of plastic, paper and steel cans in your home red rubbish bin.  It will be taken to the Southland Regional Landfill, near Winton, with the non-recyclables. 

What about my recyclable cans? 

  • You will be able to recycle your aluminium cans at the Gore transfer station.

Why doesn’t the Council continue to recycle? 

  • There are no longer sustainable overseas markets to take our plastics and paper for recycling. It wouldn’t be environmentally or financially sustainable to stockpile everything above ground. That leaves us with reducing our waste and sending any residual waste to landfill.

I don’t currently receive the wheelie bin service. Can I sign up for the new one? 

  • Yes, you just need to call our customer service team on 209-0330.


What is WasteNet Southland?

WasteNet Southland is a joint initiative of the Gore District Council, Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council.  It provides a coordinated approach to recycling services and the delivery of solid waste collection within Southland.

Rural properties

If you live in rural areas, there is a privately operated wheelie bin collection service available. Or household rubbish and green waste can be taken to the Gore transfer station, in Toronto Street.



Transfer Station Information


Gore Transfer Station - Toronto Street

Opening hours 

During Daylight Saving

  • Monday to Friday 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Sunday 12 noon - 5.00pm 

During Winter

  • Monday to Friday 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday 10.30am - 4.00pm
  • Sunday 12 noon - 4.00pm


Mataura Transfer Station 

Opening hours

Sunday 12 noon to 5.00pm (during daylight saving) and 11.00am - 4.00pm (during winter)

Terms and conditions

In order to ensure all refuse contained within a vehicle is accounted for, vehicles entering or leaving the landfill site are subject to inspection by the landfill operator.

In order to ensure only acceptable waste is deposited, contents of refuse bags or other containers are subject to inspection by the landfill operator. Failure to permit an inspection may result in landfill access being denied.

In order to ensure public safety, instructions issued by landfill staff must be followed.

Waste Management Plan

The Waste Management Plan and associated Summary of Information are now available from the Gore District Council office in Bowler Avenue.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: