Every year Aucklanders send 1.2 million tonnes of household and commercial waste to landfill. This amount could cover the rugby field at Eden Park to twice the height of the Sky Tower annually.
We need to find better ways to deal with our waste and to recover and re-use resources.
In our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan our target is to reduce domestic kerbside waste by 30 per cent by 2018.
We need to work together to achieve this. Reducing waste is not difficult; this section gives a number of helpful tips on how you can play your part to reduce your waste.
To find out about what you can and can't put out in your kerbside recycling, use the recycling search.
Looking for a way to recycle something that is not accepted in your kerbside collection? Search the Recycler Directory.
Living in the Franklin area? Discover new recycling drop off points on the Make the Most of Waste website.
Other ways to reduce waste:
Responsible manufacturers may take items back once you have finished with them.
To find out more about product stewardship visit the Ministry for Environment website.
These websites will help you with donating your goods:
Freecycle - an online network for giving away used items. A grassroots, non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free.
DonateNZ - helps you donate to charities and community groups.
AskShareGive - an online community where people share their time, skills, transport and old or unused goods.
For other ways to give away unwanted goods, visit:
The Seatsmart scheme - recycle your child car restraints for a cost of $5 per seat.
Food and garden waste currently make up around 50 per cent of an average household rubbish This type of waste could be use for domestic and commercial purposes
In Auckland, our average rubbish bag or bin contains 40 per cent food scraps.
At Auckland Council, we are proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign. This campaign aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.
For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz.
Composting is nature’s way of recycling and helps to reduce the amount of waste we put out for rubbish collection.
Find out more about composting on the Compost Collective website.
Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to anything with a battery or a plug. Valuable and sometimes rare materials can be recovered from e-waste or recycled into new products.
E-waste will be accepted in your inorganic collection. If possible, try to:
Alternatively, see the Recycler Directory for a list of recycling companies that may accept your electronic waste.
Get yourself sorted with these tips for reducing waste.
When it comes to clearing out your home and garage, you may find that you
have hazardous materials that you can't put out with your rubbish collection. These might include:
Hazardous materials often have labels on the containers such as 'warning', 'danger'
You can drop off household hazardous waste at any of the facilities below:
All facilities accept many forms of household hazardous waste, but you'll need to call and check what they accept and in what quantities.
The Auckland Council owned facilities won't charge you to drop off household quantities of accepted waste.
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