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What you can put in your food scraps bin

You should know

Food scraps bins are currently only available in urban Papakura and selected streets in Takapuna, Northcote and Milford.

Food scraps collections will be rolled out in stages across mainland urban Auckland throughout 2023. See Start dates for food scraps collection rollout for more information.

​Items you can put in your food scraps bin

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps, including peelings, cores, stalks and skin.
  • Bread, pasta and rice.
  • Dairy products.
  • Meat bones and scraps, including fat trimmings.
  • Fish bones and scraps, including shellfish shells.
  • Egg shells.
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags.
  • Indoor cut flowers.
  • Paper towels and tissues.
  • Auckland Council kitchen caddy bin liners. For more information, including availability, see Food scraps collection bins.

Items you cannot put in your food scraps bin

  • Garden waste like weeds, lawn clippings or hedge trimmings.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Disposable food containers (including compostable items).
  • Cigarette butts.
  • Soil or rocks.
  • Cloth and clothing.
  • Food wrapping, including cling film, waxed paper or aluminium foil.
  • Nappies and sanitary products.
  • Pet waste.
  • Liquids or chemicals.
  • Non-Auckland Council bin liners (including compostable bin liners).

For information on how to make the most of your food scraps collection service, see Food scraps collection bins.

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