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How to dispose of weeds

Me pēhea te maka i te tarutaru

Weeds can spread through loose fragments so you have to be careful when you are disposing of them.

Compost and mulch weeds

Compost weeds in a closed compost bin or special weed bags.

You may also be able to mulch and re-use the weeds on your garden. Check our pest plant search to see if the weed species is safe to compost.

Some species, such as moth plant, can only be composted through a garden waste collection service, not at home.

Where to dispose of weeds

Our tip

Make sure the weeds are secure so they do not spread during transport.

​Transfer stations

Most transfer stations accept green waste.

Check with your local station before you go.

Community weed bins

The Waitakere Ranges Community Weedbins will be taking a break until further notice.

The permanent and temporary community weed bins will be re-instated by spring if not sooner.

We encourage you to keep weeding but try composting onsite or put into weedbags that can be purchased from EcoMatters. You can also touch base with your local community group and see what efforts they are making toward a pest-free haven.

For more information, contact or

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Permanent locations

  • Huia Domain, 1139 Huia Road, Huia
  • Piha Domain, by bowling club on 15 Seaview Road, Piha

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Temporary bin locations

To help stop the spread of kauri dieback, we are putting community weed bins in various sites around West Auckland over specific weekends up to June 2020.

Temporary bin sites in Waiatarua and Laingholm:

  • Waiatarua Community Hall - 911 West Coast Road, Waiatarua
  • 69 Victory Road, Laingholm

You can dispose of your weeds on: 

  • Saturday and Sunday, 7–8 December 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 1–2 February 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 2–3 May 2020 

Temporary bin sites in Glen Eden and Henderson Valley:

  • Kowhai Reserve - 28 Withers Road, Glen Eden
  • 15 - 17 Mountain Road, Henderson Valley

You can dispose of your weeds on:

  • Saturday and Sunday, 11–12 January 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 4–5 April 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 6–7 June 2020

EcoMatters staff will be available on Saturdays between 9am and 3pm to give free advice on weed management and disposal. They will also be monitoring what goes into the bins.

Order weed collection

Call a garden company to collect your garden waste on a monthly basis. They supply bins or bags.

There is a cost for this service.


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