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.