Spicer Landfill

Before you head to the landfill check what you’re planning to throw away! Over half of what goes to the landfill could be reused, recycled, or composted.

Spicer Landfill user info

Despite our best intentions to minimise waste, the amount going to Spicer Landfill is still increasing. We need to divert or recover what we can first, so please make use of the residential bulk recycling station and resource recovery shop (Trash Palace) at Spicer Landfill.

On this page you will find:


Opening hours

Spicer Landill
Open every day (except Christmas Day)
Closed Christmas Day
Monday - Saturday 7am to 5pm. Last trailer accepted at 4.45pm
Sundays & Public Holidays 9am to 5pm. Last trailer accepted at 4.45pm
Address Broken Hill Rd, Porirua
Bulk recycling station 8.30am to 5pm

Waste types and charges

You can reduce the fees you pay at the landfill by separating out recyclable and reusable items first and bringing your green waste separately.

Charges are from 1st July 2023 and are inclusive of GST


General waste

General waste is material that cannot be reused or recycled and is not included under the other waste categories below.

General waste Price Per unit
Car $33.50 Per vehicle
Van, Utility, Large station wagon $70.00 Per vehicle
Small flat deck vehicle
(vehicles with a flat deck on a LWB van type chassis, or where the waste is higher than 1.0m)
$88.50 Per vehicle
Small trailer*
(maximum refuse dimensions 2.4m long, 1.2m wide, 1.0m high)
$70.00 Per trailer
Medium trailer*
(maximum refuse dimensions 3m long, 1.5m wide, 1.0m high)
$88.50 Per trailer
Car, van or utility (loaded) and trailer* Price is the sum of the applicable charges above
Commercial vehicles (incl. large trailers*)
+ Minimum charge: $114.93
$229.86 Per tonne
* Note the tipping feature on trailers is not able to be used at Spicer Landfill for safety reasons.

* Note the tipping feature on trailers is not able to be used at Spicer Landfill for safety reasons.


Green waste

Green waste is compostable garden waste or trimmings, including lawn clippings, shrubs, tree trimmings, branches, weeds and old plants.

Green waste does not include flax, cabbage tree leaves, tree stumps, soil, rubbish, or food waste.

Green waste Price Per unit
Car $18.00 Per vehicle
Van, utility, station wagon, small trailer $37.00 Per vehicle or trailer
Small flat deck, medium trailer $49.00 Per vehicle or trailer
Commercial vehicles (incl large trailers)
*Minimum charge: $88.09
$176.18 Per tonne


Special waste

Special waste includes hazardous waste types and items that are difficult to dispose of. If you have hazardous waste to dispose of you will need to complete a hazardous waste or asbestos disposal application form. Find out how to do that here.

Special waste Price Per unit
Special waste (eg asbestos, animal carcasses)
(Pre-arranged delivery only ) *Minimum charge $176.18
$352.35 Per tonne
Sewage sludge and screenings
Minimum charge *$155.16
$310.31 Per tonne
Polystyrene
Loads with more than 5% polystyrene by volume *Minimum charge $114.93
$4,526.92 Per tonne
Fridge, freezer
In addition to the tonnage or vehicle rate
$38.50 Per fridge
Gas bottles
In addition to the tonnage or vehicle rate
$3.00 Per bottle
Used oil - less than 10 litres
No vehicle charge if only tipping oil
Free
Used oil - from 10 to 40 litres
Charged per litre, plus vehicle charge
$3.00 Per litre


Clean fill

Clean fill is waste material that is free from any contamination and includes clay, rock, uncontaminated soil, and some building materials such as concrete, gravel and sand that’s not harmful to people or the environment.

Clean fill Price Per unit
Clean fill
*Minimum charge $105.44
$210.87 Per tonne
Clean fill - special rate (G1)
By prior approval - special conditions apply *Minimum charge $12.00
$9.70 Per tonne
Clean fill - special rate (G2)
By prior approval - special conditions apply *Minimum charge $12.00
$17.50 Per tonne
Clean fill - special rate (G3)
By prior approval - special conditions apply *Minimum charge $12.00
$30.30 Per tonne


Tyres

Any type of vehicle or motorbike tyres.

Tyres Price Per unit
Tyres mixed with general waste Transfer station must be able to confirm the number of tyres *Minimum charge $114.93 $229.86 Per tonne + tyre surcharge
Tyres only - unconfirmed number *Minimum charge $425.42 $850.83 Per tonne
Tyres only - car or motorbike tyres $9.50 Per tyre
Tyres only - truck or tractor tyres $20.00 Per tyre
Tyres on rim $5.50 Per tyre + tyre rate


Vehicle weigh only

Vehicle
weigh only
$23.50 Per weighing


Accepted waste

For more information on the types of waste we can take at Spicer Landfill click here.


Bulk recycling is open from 8.30am to 5pm


Recycling station

You can bring your extra household recyclables to our recycling station at Spicer Landfill where we have a recycling ambassador who is there to help you with your recycling and ensure that the bins are used correctly. We accept the following items from residential customers only:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic with 1, 2 or 5 on it
  • Aluminium and tin cans
  • Paper
  • Clean and dry cardboard (must be flattened)
  • Tetra Pak cartons (accepted from approved small businesses too, find out more here)

Note - The recycling station is open from 8.30am to 5pm


Trash Palace

Household goods

Drop off your pre-loved household items such as clothing, linen, toys and working small appliances at Trash Palace, our resource recovery shop at Spicer Landfill.

Recycling Station

Other ways to recycle

For more ideas on how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle head to our Other ways to recycle page.


Location


History of Spicer Landfill

From the 1950s the population of Porirua began to grow. In 1954, Porirua Borough Council opened Sievers Grove Landfill in Porirua East. General household refuse and commercial/industrial waste is known to have been deposited there.

Background

In 1973, with Sievers Grove Landfill nearing the end of its life, Porirua City Council proposed a number of sites for a new landfill. The final recommendation was to build a new landfill in Spicer Valley near the head of the Mitchell Stream. Sievers Grove Landfill closed in 1976 and is still currently owned and maintained by Porirua City Council.

The current Spicer Landfill was opened in 1976 and in 1994 consent applications were made to Greater Wellington Regional Council to allow the landfill to continue to operate, these were duly granted. These are the consents which the landfill currently operates under, and which are due to expire in 2030.

The landfill also has a Council designation K1052: "Refuse Disposal Landfill including Landfill, Recycling, Refuse Transfer Station and Resource Recovery” allowing landfilling and similar activities.

Porirua and Wellington city councils have joint financial interest in the landfill, but the management and operation of the landfill is the responsibility of Porirua. Oversight is provided by a Joint Venture Committee with membership from both councils.

Landfill design concept

The landfill has always been designed to be developed in a tiered way over different phases. Once each phase has been filled up then it is closed off and then a new phase opens generally over top of the previous phases. Once a phase has reached its maximum capacity the cell is closed off with a cap placed over it. The closed cells continue to emit gas which is collected and emitted through a gas flare.

Stage 1 is the 1976 old unlined landfill which is now closed off and not accepting any more waste. The northern half of this old landfill has a final cap over it whilst Stage 2 has been built on top of the upper half of Stage 1.

Stage 2 as mentioned above has been constructed over the southern part of Stage 1 with a liner and a leachate collection. The first phase of the Stage 2 development is also now closed and has had an intermediate cap placed over it.

The second phase of the Stage 2 development is currently being used for filling purposes and based on current filling rates will be full by 2026/2027. This phase has also been constructed with a liner and a leachate collection.

Stage 3 is the stage which will allow for additional capacity. Stage 3 will require a new suite of consents to be applied for.

Upgrading the landfill site

In 2007/8, Porirua City Council agreed on a staged upgrade of Spicer Landfill to increase its capacity and improve environmental performance.

During 2008/9 significant investment was made to improve environmental performance, including better leachate and stormwater controls and to reduce the effect of greenhouse gas emissions. A relocation of a weighbridge and roadway improvements were also implemented.

During 2008/09 sixteen gas wells were installed at the landfill. The gas wells are interconnected by pipework to a flare that burns the landfill gas to reduce the effect of greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill. As of July 2017, there are 24 vertical gas wells, and a number of horizontal laterals and connections extracting gas from the underground leachate drains.

The stormwater system received a major upgrade in 2014/16 which separated clean water from silty water. The silty water is treated by the existing sedimentation pond and clean water is discharged direct to the stream.

Spicer Landfill site today

Spicer Landfill is located near the head of Mitchell Stream in Spicer Valley. It is shielded visually from nearby residential areas by the containing sides of the valley.

Access to Spicer Landfill is via Broken Hill Road, to the northeast, through an area of industrial development and is the only road access to the landfill.

The site also hosts the landfill operator’s offices, a resource recovery hub and a bulk recycling facility which are discussed below.

Resource Recovery

In 2002 Council established Trash Palace to provide residents with an alternative to landfilling unwanted household goods and to increase the diversion from the landfill of materials that are reusable or recyclable. Trash Palace became one of the first purpose-designed resource recovery facilities in New Zealand built with the support of a local authority. Further development has occurred over the years with a major redevelopment undertaken in 2010.

Trash Palace is operated by Metallic Sweeping (1998) Ltd. Activities also include the recovery of metal and plastic from household goods (e.g. whiteware and electronics) that cannot be reused.

The Council provides the operator free use of the buildings and maintains the building's exterior. In return Trash Palace diverts waste from landfill and returns a small proportion of its turnover to Council.

Bulk Recycling

The bulk recycling facility was opened at Spicer Landfill following the closure of a number of bulk recycling facilities distributed throughout the city due to ongoing vandalism and misuse. This is the only one of its type operated by the Council.

Bins for plastics, paper and cardboard, cans, and glass are provided as part of the operational contract with the Council for both kerbside collections and the bulk recycling facility. A Tetra Pak recycling drop-off was added in 2022.

Consents

The landfill currently operates under four resource consents issued by Greater Wellington Council (GWRC). The resource consents expire at the end of June 2030.

For more information on what each resource consent covers and how they are managed visit our Managing Spicer Landfill page.