Reduce waste from Landfill
Find out the best ways you manage and reduce your waste in your area. A list of Council links below will help you go directly to your Council Recycling and Rubbish pages where you can find out information about your local collection days, waste minimisation workshops in your areas, transfer stations and more. Here’s a few tips to help you reduce waste into our landfill below. Check out our Greener Living Page for more tips and DIY tricks.
Did You Know:
• 2.5 million tonnes of waste is buried in NZ landfills each year, yet around three quarters of this could have been reused, recycled, or composted.
• This equates to 8 kilograms of landfill waste per person each week that could have been diverted from landfill.
• On average, Kiwis throw away 30% more rubbish over the summer holiday period than usual.
• The waste we generate just about doubles the week after Christmas.
• An extra 50,000 Tonnes of waste is likely to be produced during the Christmas week.
• A 20-foot container is able to hold on average 3.5 tonnes of waste (50,000/3.5 = 14,285.7 containers).
• With each container standing 2.4m tall, stacked on top of one another, this would be equivalent to 105 times taller than the Sky Tower.
• This means the amount of extra waste generated the week after Christmas in NZ is equivalent to more than 14,000 20-foot containers stacked on top of each other, 105 times taller than the Sky Tower!!
You are responsible for choosing what, and how much, you buy, and for making sure your waste can be diverted from landfill. Learn more at Recycle.Co.NZ
Ways to reduce your waste
Learn the different ways you can contribute to waste minimization.
- Remember to rinse clean all plastic, glass and metal containers to ensure they are processed for recycling. Leftovers and oily residues cause problems for recyclers.
- Take reusable bags with you when shopping for groceries and gifts
- When going to the beach, or out for a picnic, bring all your recyclables home with you to be sorted & recycled properly rather than throwing them in the general waste bins, the contents of which go straight to landfill.
- Rather than buying single-use, disposable crockery and cutlery, opt for compostable, or reusable alternatives.
Not only is wasting food costing us money, it is also bad for the environment. Love Food Hate Waste has tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste
Reduce your food scraps and garden waste
- Learn to compost
- Join a community
- Learn ways to save more money and reduce waste with food. Great tips and recipes at Love Food Hate Waste
What to recycle and how:
Find further information about recycling, composting, managing waste, waste reduction, educations and more in your region direct through your council link below.