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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 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
Make sure the weeds are secure so they do not spread during transport.
Most transfer stations accept green waste.
Check with your local station before you go.
Community weed bins
The weed bins provide a free pest plant disposal service with the desired outcome that more residents will control pest plants on their property if disposal is made easy and accessible.
If you live in the Waitākere Ranges or near kauri, clean all soil from your footwear and gear before leaving your property. Also, avoid weeding around kauri (around 3x the canopy width is recommended) to reduce the risk of spreading kauri dieback disease.
Free weed bins are available for use at the following sites:
In the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area:
- Huia Domain, 1139 Huia Road, Huia
- Piha Domain, by bowling club on 15 Seaview Road, Piha
Temporary bin locations
In the Kaipātiki Local Board area
There will be temporary community bins available in the Kaipātiki Local Board area:
- Beach Haven Community House, 140 Beach Haven Road
- Kauri Park School, 4 Mcglashen Place, pool car park
- Bayview Community Centre, 72 Bayview Road
- Huka Road, bottom of the road.
For more advice on which pest plants to target, visit the Pest Free Kaipātiki website.
In the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area
Community weed bins are also available in various sites around the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area over specific weekends up to June 2021.
- Waiatarua Community Hall - 911 West Coast Road, Waiatarua
- 69 Victory Road, Laingholm
- Saturday and Sunday, 10–11 October 2020
- Saturday and Sunday, 5–6 December 2020
- Saturday and Sunday, 13–14 February 2021
- Saturday and Sunday, 10–11 April 2021
- Saturday and Sunday, 12–13 June 2021
- Kowhai Reserve - 28 Withers Road, Glen Eden
- 15 - 17 Mountain Road, Henderson Valley
- Saturday and Sunday, 7–8 November 2020
- Saturday and Sunday, 9–10 January 2021
- Saturday and Sunday, 1–2 May 2021
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.
For more information, contact
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.
|Prevent pests from spreading||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/prevent-pests-from-spreading.aspx||Prevent pests from spreading||Prevent pests from spreading by checking and cleaning your vehicle and gear after visiting a site with pests and before visiting an island.||aspx|
|Report a pest plant, pest animal or plant disease||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/report-pest-plant-pest-animal-plant-disease.aspx||Report a pest plant, pest animal or plant disease||Report weeds, pest animals and diseases to Auckland Council. Report marine and exotic pests to MPI.||aspx|
|How to control weeds||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/how-to-control-weeds.aspx||How to control weeds||Find advice on how to remove the weeds on your property and prevent them from coming back. Replant or cover the area with mulch after removing the weeds.||aspx|
|Why and how we control weeds||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/how-we-control-weeds.aspx||Why and how we control weeds||We have weed control methods and projects in place to manage weeds in Auckland.||aspx|
|Identify weeds||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/identify-weeds.aspx||Identify weeds||Identify weeds before you remove them. Use our pest search or check other weed databases. ||aspx|