Reducing waste and services from your Council

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.

Everyday Recycling Guide here

  • 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.

Home Composting

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

What to recycle and how:

Local Councils in NZ have individual approaches to recycling. Check out the links on this page to see what your Council can do to help you.

Find further information about recycling, composting, managing waste, waste reduction, educations and more in your region direct through your council  link below. 


Ashburton District Council
Auckland Council
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Central Otago District Council
Chatham Islands Council
Christchurch City Council
Clutha District Council
Dunedin City Council
Far North District Council
Gisborne District Council
Gore District Council
Hamilton City Council
Hastings District Council
Hauraki District Council
Horowhenua District Council
Hutt City Council
Invercargill City Council
Kaipara District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council
Mackenzie District Council
Marlborough District Council
Matamata Piako District Council
Napier City Council
Nelson City Council
New Plymouth District Council
Northland Regional Council
Opotiki District Council
Otago Regional Council
Palmerston North City Council
Queenstown Lakes District Council
Rangitikei District Council
Rotorua District Council
Ruapehu District Council
Selwyn District Council
Southland District Council
Stratford District Council
Tararua District Council
Tauranga City Council
Thames-Coromandel District Council
Timaru District Council
Upper Hutt City Council
Waipa District Council
Waitaki District Council
Wanganui District Council
Whakatane District Council
Whangarei District Council