Ways to reduce your waste
Every year Aucklanders send 1.2 million tonnes of household and commercial waste to landfill. This amount could cover the rugby field at Eden Park to twice the height of the Sky Tower annually.
We need to find better ways to deal with our waste and to recover and re-use resources.
In our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan our target is to reduce domestic kerbside waste by 30 per cent by 2018.
We need to work together to achieve this. Reducing waste is not difficult; this section gives a number of helpful tips on how you can play your part to reduce your waste.
To find out about what you can and can't put out in your kerbside recycling, use the recycling search.
Looking for a way to recycle something that is not accepted in your kerbside collection? Search the Recycler Directory.
Living in the Franklin area? Discover new recycling drop off points on the Make the Most of Waste website.
Other ways to reduce waste:
- reuse your plastic bags and containers
- buy items in bulk and avoid packaging you don’t need
- sell, exchange, or donate unwanted furniture and goods
- avoid disposables - take your own reusable cup or drink bottle
- buy items loose and use refills.
Responsible manufacturers may take items back once you have finished with them.
To find out more about product stewardship visit the Ministry for Environment website.
Donate your unwanted goods
These websites will help you with donating your goods:
Freecycle - an online network for giving away used items. A grassroots, non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free.
DonateNZ - helps you donate to charities and community groups.
AskShareGive - an online community where people share their time, skills, transport and old or unused goods.
For other ways to give away unwanted goods, visit:
The Seatsmart scheme - recycle your child car restraints for a cost of $5 per seat.
Drop off locations in Auckland for 2015:
- Albany - Baby On The Move, 14A 100 Don McKinnon Drive. Phone number 0800 222 966
- Grey Lynn - Baby On The Move, 449 Richmond Road. Phone number 0800 222 966
- Mairangi Bay - Plunket Car Sear Service, 8B Constellation Drive. Phone number 09 486 3614
- Henderson - Plunket Car Seat Service, 6 Enterprise Drive. Phone number 09 837 1871
Food and garden waste
Food and garden waste currently make up around 50 per cent of an average household rubbish This type of waste coulduld be use for domestic and commercial purposes
Reduce your food waste
It is estimated that we throw away one-third of all fruit and vegetables we buy. We can all take simple steps to reduce this waste.
Start by buying only as much fresh produce as you need.
If you are a business, donate your leftover food to a charity or food redistribution network.
Composting is nature’s way of recycling and helps to reduce the amount of waste we put out for rubbish collection.
Find out more about composting on the Compost Collective website.
What else can you do?
- Mulch your lawn clippings and woody waste.
- Sign up to a green waste collection company. Garden waste will not be collected in the regular rubbish collection.
- Recycle your grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn after mowing, to return vital nutrients to the soil. This retains moisture, reduces the number of times you mow and the time it takes to mow. Only cut the top third of the grass each time and consider replanting sections of your lawn with slow growing native ground covers.
Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to anything with a battery or a plug. Valuable and sometimes rare materials can be recovered from e-waste or recycled into new products.
E-waste will be accepted in your inorganic collection. If possible, try to:
- repair or donate
- find out if there is a take back scheme on the manufacturer’s website
- ask when you next purchase a TV if the brand provides end-of-life recycling as part of the purchase package.
Alternatively, see the Recycler Directory for a list of recycling companies that may accept your electronic waste.
Summer rubbish and recycling tips
Aucklanders throw away about 30 per cent more rubbish than usual during summer. Get yourself sorted with these tips for reducing waste.
Christmas tree disposal advice
Auckland Council does not collect people’s Christmas trees, so consider the following options for convenient and sustainable disposal of your tree:
- Ask your Christmas tree seller if they’ll take your tree after the festive season.
- If you have a private garden bag or bin collection, check if they accept Christmas trees.
- Some Christmas tree farms accept trees purchased from anywhere, for free, to use for mulch or compost.
- If you’re using a Christmas tree collection service, check that they collect from inside your property (not the kerbside) and if they will put the tree to good use, such as for mulch or compost.
You can take Christmas trees to some transfer stations
for a fee. Make sure you check opening hours.
- Take reusable bags when shopping.
Get creative - give your loved one experiential gifts that don't require wrapping or involve accumulating more stuff, like memberships, subscriptions or services.
Go shopping at your local antique store or op shop for quality vintage gifts.
Choose gifts and supplies with minimal packaging.
Reuse your wrapping paper from last year or buy wrapping paper that can be recycled (not foil or cellophane).
Make your own gifts or Christmas decorations – check out Pinterest for great ideas
If your secret Santa gives you something you won’t use, you can always regift!
- Plan ahead and only buy what you will need.
- Use leftovers to make more holiday meals - check out the Love Food Hate Waste Facebook page for tips and inventive recipes.
Compost food scraps - we can help you get started
. Treat your family or yourself with your very own compost bin, worm farm or bokashi system. Take the online quiz or attend a course in the new year to get a discount.
Home or away
- Some Auckland Council kerbside household rubbish and recycling collection dates change during the summer break - check collection days.
- Use a local recycling point or bring recycling home with you if you are on holiday.
- Check with neighbours if they can put your rubbish or recycling bin out if you are away.