Waste disposal

Rubbish barge

The rubbish barge service operates in the Bay of Islands during peak season (usually from around Boxing Day to mid-January).

During this period, dates, times and location of the barge are broadcasted by Russell Radio  VHF channel 63 every day and are available on Northland Regional Council’s website www.nrc.govt.nz/rubbishbarge during the summer season.


There are strict rules covering sewage discharges from boats in Northland waters – these apply to every type of boat or craft.

For more information or to download our free Northland and Auckland Discharge Rules App, visit: www.nrc.govt.nz/marinepollution

Boat sewage pump-out facility.

Boat sewage pump-out facility at Doves Bay.