Rubbish and Recycling

Your new Rubbish and Recycling Collection Service starts on 1 July.

Get full details, including info on bin delivery here 

In This Section

The public consultation on the new Waste Minimisation and Management Plan is now complete. For more information on what we are doing to minimise waste in the district, have a look at the full plan here. A summary document will follow soon.


CBD Rubbish Collection


Businesses can put out their blue bags and pre-paid cardboard recycling in the collection zones at 8am and 2pm, and the items will be picked up half an hour later. The 10 collection areas have been located so that staff from nearby businesses have no more than 50m to walk with their bags and recycling. See the press release below for more information.


Businesses can put out their blue bags, wheelie bins and pre-paid cardboard recycling in the collection zones to be picked up at 3pm, Monday to Friday. There are 3 collection areas located in Arrowtown. See the Information Flyer below for more details.



The Queenstown Lakes District is a beautiful place and we'd like to keep it that way. If you see litter anywhere it shouldn't be please contact us. There are a range of fines for those caught intentionally littering, see below:

Offense Fine
Depositing litter of less than 1 litre $100
Depositing litter of 1 litre to less than 30 litres $200
Depositing litter of 30 litres to 60 litres $300
Depositing litter of more than 60 litres; or Depositing garden waste; or building materials. $400


Waste Composition

An analysis of solid waste going to landfill in the Queenstown Lakes District was undertaken in August 2016.

Fact Sheets