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Book a waste minimisation learning session

There are currently three waste minimisation centres in Auckland offering free sessions where you can learn how to minimise your waste.

Zero Waste Zone

The Zero Waste Zone is a fun, hands-on learning centre located at the Waitakere Refuse Transfer Station, Henderson.

The Zone's surrounding garden showcases creative upcycling and features a 'Make Space' workshop and a discovery trail made entirely of waste.  

Zero waste programme

This programme looks at waste, where it goes and how to reduce it. Students learn about worms and why food waste is an important resource. Activities include: sorting waste, learning about recycling and how to make good choices to look after the environment.

There is also a transfer station tour where students can see the volume and types of waste dropped off at the site.

Make Space programme

Rethink waste as a resource - and not rubbish - by upcycling and making old objects into something new and useful.

The Make Space programme looks at how resource recovery is a practical and fun way to divert waste from the landfill.

Book your visit

Bookings are essential. Email Wastewise Schools to make a booking.

The Zero Waste Zone is located at:

Waitakere Refuse Transfer Station
50 The Concourse

Opening hours

 Visits can be booked for Monday to Friday, between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Cost (group bookings only)

No cost for schools in Auckland. Community group bookings subject to availability.

Clothing to wear

Wear sturdy, closed shoes and warm comfortable outdoor clothes. Bring a rain jacket. Safety hats and hi-vis vests provided.  

Visy Recycling Education Centre

Visy Recycling offers group sessions to schools and members of the community.

Visits can include interactive presentations and the opportunity to see where materials get dropped off.

There is a minimum age of 5 years to visit this site.

To make a booking, email or call 09 975 2000.

Visy Recycling is located at:

Onehunga Material Recovery Facility
29 Victoria Street

Waste Management Learning Centre

The Waste Management Learning Centre offers community groups and schools an educational talk on reducing, reusing, recycling, landfills and organic waste.

It is located at:

Waiheke Transfer Station
102 -106 Ostend Road