Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

Our mission - our goal

Auckland Council has an aspirational goal of zero waste by 2040. That means by recycling, composting food waste, re-using items, and preventing waste in the first place, we'll be on target to send as little as possible to landfill.  This will save valuable raw resources and energy, and help us achieve our goal of making Auckland the world's most liveable city.

We're heading in the right direction, but we can still do more. The average Auckland household sends about 160kg of rubbish to landfill every year. Of this, 65 per cent could have been avoided or put to better use. That's a waste of good waste, right?

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is our first region-wide plan for tackling waste.  It's a blueprint for reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills.  While the plan's vision is zero waste by 2040, it also includes three key medium term targets:

  • reduce domestic kerbside rubbish (per person, per year) to landfill by 30 per cent by 2018
  • reduce total waste to landfill (per person, per year) to landfill by 30 per cent by 2027
  • reduce council's in-house waste by 30 per cent by 2018.

To help achieve these targets, we're planning some changes including a new food waste collection service for urban areas, enhanced recycling, and a pay as you throw system for rubbish collection across the region. There will be a transition from bags to bins over time in most urban areas.

Then we will all reach our goal and make the most of waste. It'll be good for you, good for Auckland, and good for the environment.