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Recycling and rubbish collection in the Tertiary area

Find all the information you need about recycling and rubbish collection on the Dunedin City Council (DCC) website, including a map of the area covered, and an app to remind you which bin is collected when.

Find out what goes in which bins:

Diversion Days on Castle Street

Diversion Day events will be held over the course of the student year at the Marsh Study Centre carpark. These days are designed to reduce unnecessary waste going straight to landfill. The recycling options are for clean cardboard, glass (separated out by colour), cans, other metal items, and some small electronic appliances.

All recycling should be sorted prior to placing the recycling in the correct bins. Gloves will be provided if sorting needs to happen at the time of disposing of materials. General waste skips are ONLY available for items with no recycling or donating options.

The Diversion Days for 2024 are:

Date & Time:


Special context:

23rd February 10 – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre


22nd March 10 – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre


12th April 10 – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre

Sophia Charter

17th May 10am – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre


21st June 10 – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre


19th July 10am – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre


16th August 10am – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre


13th September 10 – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre


4th October 10am – 2pm

Marsh Study Centre

Sophia Charter

All Diversion Day events are run from 10am–2pm, with all the bins being removed at 2pm. These events are for current students only – ID cards will be checked.

No whiteware (fridges, freezers) is allowed in the general waste as it needs to be degassed. No batteries, or building/construction waste.

Please follow the guidelines from the staff and volunteers on site and do not place anything in the bins without consulting with the staff.

Other services

Rubbish and recycling disposal

Your nearest transfer station is at the Green Island Landfill (where you will be charged).

Any questions please email


Campus Watch have two caged trailers, brooms, and shovels all available for students to use for free.

Green Island Landfill

The landfill at Green Island offers many recycling options. All these are free for the public to use, but there is a cost to drop off rubbish and green waste.

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars (no lids and they must be clean)
  • Rigid plastics 1, 2, and 5 (no lids and they must be clean)
  • Polystyrene
  • batteries
  • e-waste – at a cost.

The landfill site also has a Rummage store for donation of unwanted reusable goods.


E-waste cannot be placed in the general rubbish bin. There are many options for different e-waste items.

  • TVs: These can be taken to the Green Island Landfill and disposed of at the Rummage store. There is a charge for these.
  • Laptops, computers, tablets, printers, cameras: TechCollect NZ allows free drop-off of these items to some technology stores.
  • Cell phones: Free disposal at Spark, One NZ, 2degrees, and Noel Leeming stores listed on the Re:Mobile website or at the Green Island Landfill Rummage store.
  • Household batteries: Can be dropped off for free at the Rummage store.

Sustainability at Otago

Sustainability at Otago has some great tips for disposing of extra waste and ways to prevent it in the first place.

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