What is a food scraps collection
Food scraps contain valuable nutrients like nitrogen and carbon.
Collected scraps are processed for compost for farming and agriculture across the upper North Island.
The process helps close the nutrient cycle and make food production more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.
A number of Aucklanders compost food scraps at home, but the majority of households don’t. You can put items in food scraps bin that are difficult to compost at home, such as meat and bones.
For more information, see
What you can put in your food scraps bin.
Three-bin collection service
Our food scraps collection service is currently only available to households in urban Papakura and selected streets in Takapuna, Northcote and Milford.
The three-bin service includes a:
- 240 litre recycling bin
- 23 litre food scraps bin for all household food scraps and a 6 litre kitchen caddy for your kitchen to collect food scraps
- rubbish bin (80, 120 or 240 litres).
Rubbish is collected using the
Pay As You Throw tag system.
Using a food scraps bin will save you money as you will not need to put your rubbish out as often.
Rural properties in Papakura are not included in the food scraps collection and can use a wheelie bin or orange bags for rubbish disposal.
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To order a new bin, get a bin replaced or to get one fixed, see
Request a new bin, bin replacement or bin repair online.
Food scrap kitchen caddy liners
You can use an Auckland Council bin liner in your food scraps kitchen caddy to help remove odours.
Our compostable liners are not compulsory. However, if you want to use a caddy liner, only Auckland Council kitchen caddy liners are accepted. Alternatively, you can line your caddy or food scraps bin with newspaper or paper towels.
Kitchen caddy liner pricing
Pricing may vary by area and between retailers. The recommended retail price (RRP) is:
Where you can buy kitchen caddy bin liners
Kitchen caddy liners are available to purchase at supermarkets in Papakura and selected Countdown supermarkets on the North Shore.
Kitchen caddy liners are also available at Auckland Council service centres and libraries.
More information on food waste
You can reduce food waste at home and save money. For leftover recipes and food waste information, see lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz.
You can also reduce your food waste by composting. For more information, see Reduce your food scraps and garden waste.