Hi everyone

We’ve decided that the weather conditions are too inclement to hold the free day at the Oamaru Landfill on Easter Monday.  Because of the persistent rain the landfill is unlikely to dry out enough by Monday and would make for some very challenging conditions with the expected high volume of traffic so the decision has been to hold the free day on Thursday 20 April (opening hours are 8am to 5pm).

Thanks for helping us get this message out to the public.

Kind regards

Alena Lynch
Communications Advisor

The imminent closure of the Oamaru landfill, and the popularity of the recent half-price sale for locals cleaning up their properties has been so great, that a decision has been made to extend the offer for one day, last time opportunity. But this time, the councillors have decided there will be no charge to dispose of general rubbish and greenwaste.


Mayor Gary Kircher says the free day will take place on Easter Monday (17 April), giving the community one last chance to clear out unwanted rubbish before the landfill closes.


“The half-price sale we had recently was hugely successful,” says Mayor Kircher.  “Offering one final day where people can take their rubbish to the landfill without any charge is something we can do before it closes.”


“The long Easter weekend is a good opportunity for people to do one final clean-out. It is a small thing that we can do for the community, and I’m pleased at the efforts that staff have gone to, to make this happen with very short notice. While there won’t be a charge for rubbish on Monday, we’d appreciate people making a gold coin donation which will go to the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust.”


The opening hours on Easter Monday are from 8am, with gates shutting at 5pm. Normal rules about what can be disposed of at the landfill will be in place.


The new refuse transfer station, being operated by Waste Management Ltd and replacing the Oamaru landfill, will open Saturday 22 April.

Please note:  Due to the wet weather we’ve had over the past 24 hours the landfill site is now saturated.  With a forecast of similar levels of rain for the next two days, the landfill could be too waterlogged for the free day planned for Monday. However, conditions will be assessed again on Saturday and a call made as to whether it will go ahead or not. The postponement day will probably be next Thursday 20 April, however, we will have a better idea in the next couple of days.  We will notify the public on Saturday if there is any change. Otherwise we will continue with Monday the 17th as planned, from 9am until 5pm.

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