Many took the time during the latest alert level 4 lockdown to have a spring clear out and cut down on the clutter.
Some who did were perhaps surprised to find out the cost of a trip to the Rotorua dump is now as much as 16 per cent more.
The council says the price rise is down to government regulations and it's an opportunity for the public to look at ways to minimise the waste they produce and to reduce their need for landfill visits.
Council infrastructure and environment deputy chief executive Stavros Michael said the changes to the fees at the Rotorua landfill took effect on July 1this year.
"Central government regulations increased the waste disposal levy and cost of carbon emissions which impacted local landfill and refuse transfer station fees around the country."
He said the national waste disposal had increased by $10 per tonne, and the cost of carbon credits under the Emissions Trading Scheme had increased by $11.20 per tonne of waste.
However, there were also local pressures, as Waste Management, which operated the council's landfill, had changed waste disposal fees to cover an increase in operational costs.
Michael said the operational costs were linked to inflation and the rising costs of staff and transport. As a result, the gate fee at the dump increased by $4.12 a tonne to cover this.
Michael said the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme and national waste disposal levy impacted councils all over the country.
"If it were free to dispose rubbish at the landfill refuse transfer station or if the gate rates were not increased to include the new taxes or increase in operating costs, [the] council would still need to cover the increase in costs."
He said a free landfill would fall on all ratepayers to pay for, which would cost more than $2.5 million a year.
"This would be significantly more than the actual cost of cleaning up illegal dumping each year which is estimated to be around $100,000."
He said there would always be people who chose "not to do the right thing" regardless of price.
The council did not yet have data on whether collections at the dump rose at the beginning of alert level 3 on August 31.
"However, we expect that a higher tonnage of waste was disposed of at the Rotorua Landfill during alert level 3 as many households used alert Llevel 4 as a chance to clear out their properties."
Items that are taken to the dump travel 121 kilometres to the Tirohia landfill, south of Paeroa.