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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Working together for zero waste

Every year, we send more than 1.6 million tonnes of waste to landfill in Auckland - that's more than a tonne per person.

Most of this waste could be used in more productive ways. Our waste has the potential to be a valuable resource for Aucklanders - creating jobs and boosting the economy, while allowing us to take better care of our environment.

Auckland aspires to be zero-waste by 2040. Zero-waste is a long-term goal, but there's a lot we can do right now.

Key actions of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 sets out our steps for the next six years.

There are nine key actions in the plan:

  • advocate to central government for an increased waste levy
  • encourage producers and consumers to think more carefully about the life cycle of products (product stewardship)
  • work closely with the commercial sector to manage what happens to organic, plastic, and construction and demolition waste
  • create a network of 12 community recycling centres across Auckland
  • focus on reducing litter, illegal dumping and marine waste
  • continue to improve our kerbside rubbish and recycling collections
  • begin offering kerbside collection of food scraps
  • address our own waste practices
  • partner with others to achieve a zero-waste Auckland.

You should know

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is currently open for consultation. The plan documents on this page will change once that process is complete.

You can have your say from 28 February to 28 March 2024. For more information and to read the draft plan, visit AK Have your say.

Get a copy of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

​Get a copy of the Hauraki Gulf Islands Waste Plan

​Waste assessment 2023

To help form the plan, we produced a waste assessment that looked at the amount of waste produced in the region, existing services and future needs.

Get a copy of the assessment

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