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Start dates for food scraps collection rollout

​Food scraps collection rollout across mainland urban Auckland

A food scraps collection service will be rolled out in stages across mainland urban Auckland throughout 2023.

The weekly service is a simple way for households to reduce waste to landfill, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve our environment.

Food scraps bin deliveries and collections

Dates are subject to change given the potential impact of COVID-19 and global supply chain delays. Households will be advised of their exact collection start dates closer to the time.

Food scraps rollout area ​Bin deliveries Collection start
Waitākere February to April 2023 April or May 2023
​North Shore​April to June 2023​May or June 2023
Manukau​June to October 2023​July to October 2023
​Auckland Central​June to October 2023July to October 2023
​Rodney​September to October 2023​October 2023
​Franklin​September to October 2023​October 2023

Why food scraps collection is starting

Food scraps are too valuable to waste and we are making it easy for households to keep them out of landfill.

When food scraps break down they produce harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. These get into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. However, in a food processing plant these gases can be captured and used in greenhouse facilities to grow food and generate electricity.

We have been collecting food scraps from residents in Papakura since 2018. Papakura households have diverted more than 500 trucks worth of food scraps from landfills since then.

We expect to divert around 40,000 tonnes per year from landfills by expanding food scraps collection across urban Auckland.

For information on our current service areas, see Food scraps collection for Papakura and selected streets in North Shore.

For information on the benefits of food scraps service, see Food scraps collection rates charge.

How will food scraps be collected

Food scraps will be collected weekly by our trucks on your normal rubbish day.

Place your food scraps bin on the kerbside before 7am.

At this stage, the service will be available to residential properties in most of urban Auckland.

The service will be expanded as new urban developments come on board. We are exploring solutions for areas outside of the rural-urban boundary, Hauraki Gulf Islands and Auckland's city centre.

Restaurants and commercial properties will not be a part of the rollout. We are exploring how the service might be expanded in future.

How food scraps will be processed

Food scraps will be collected by our trucks and consolidated (or held) at a facility in Papakura. The scraps will then be trucked to Ecogas food processing plant in Reporoa.

This plant is centrally located in the North Island and can process food scraps from other cities and commercial companies. Once fully operational, the plant will process 75,000 tonnes of organic material each year, including food scraps from Auckland and other councils.

The plant uses anaerobic digestion technology - a biological process that breaks down organic material in closed tanks without oxygen. This is the first time this technology will be used to process food scraps on a large scale in New Zealand.

The anaerobic digestion process does not release emissions from waste into the atmosphere. Food waste will be broken down into biogas (which will be converted into renewable energy) and nutrient liquid fertiliser.

Any contaminants (such as glass, metal or plastic) will be separated from the food scraps.

Food scraps facility to be monitored

We will be consolidating all food scraps collected across urban Auckland in a closed building in Papakura.

The building has been fitted with an odour filtration system that will be monitored continually. This will ensure odours from within the facility do not discharge into the atmosphere above resource consent limits.

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