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How to dispose of weeds

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

Compost and mulch weeds

Compost your 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 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

Dispose of weeds in rubbish bins

You can put noxious weeds in your rubbish bin. For more information, see Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2019.​

Transfer stations

Most transfer stations accept green waste.

Check with your local station before you go.

Our tip

Make sure the weeds are secure so they do not spread during transport.
If you live in the Waitākere Ranges or near kauri, clean all soil from your footwear and gear before leaving your property.
Avoid weeding around kauri to reduce the risk of spreading kauri dieback disease. Around three times the canopy width is the recommended distance.

Community weed bins for pest plants

The weed bins provide a free, easy and accessible pest plant disposal service.

We want more people to control pest plants on their property.

Free weed bins are available for use at the following sites:

Permanent bin locations

From 21 October 2023 permanent bin locations can be found at:

  • Piha: Piha Domain, Seaview Road
  • Huia: Huia Domain, Huia Road.

Pest weed bin weekends (temporary bin locations)

Weed bins will be available from 9am Saturday on specified weekends, from October 2023 to June 2024.

All bins are accessible after hours, except for Swanson.

An EcoMatters staff member will be available for weed advice on Saturdays, 9am to 3pm.

​Location ​Address ​Dates
​Glen Eden Konini School, 44 Withers Road​
  • ​25-26 November 2023
  • 17-18 February 2024
  • 4-5 May 2024
​Laingholm ​Laingholm Hall, 69 Victory Road
  • ​21-23 October 2023
  • 20-21 January 2024
  • 13-14 April 2024
​Swanson ​Central Landscape Supplies, 598 Swanson Road  (9am-4pm)
  • ​2-3 December 2023
  • 9-10 March 2024
  • 15-16 June 2024
​Te Henga ​Pae o te Rangi Regional Park, 114 Te Henga Roa
  • 2-3 December 2023
  • 9-10 March 2024
  • 15-16 June 2024
​Titirangi ​Zig Zag Track, Atkinson Park, Park Road
  • ​25-26 November 2023
  • 17-18 February 2024
  • 4-5 May 2024
​Waiatarua ​Waiatarua Hall, 911 West Coast Road
  • ​21-23 October 2023
  • 20-21 January 2024
  • 13-14 April 2024

Important information to consider when using the community weed bins

What you can put in the bins

The community bins are for invasive weeds only, such as:

What you cannot put in the bins

Illegal dumping could cause this service to become more expensive and less viable for everyone.

We do not accept:

  • bamboo
  • large branches
  • tree trunks
  • nīkau / palm trees or fronds
  • cabbage trees
  • general garden waste and weeds from around kauri trees to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Thank you for helping us keep the Waitākere Ranges free from pest plants.

Order a weed collection

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

There is a cost for this service.

We do not offer a green waste collection service.

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