Our mission - our goal

Auckland Council has an aspirational goal of zero waste to landfill by 2040. That means by recycling, composting food waste, re-using items, re-purposing materials, 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.

Since our first region-wide Waste Management and Minimisation Plan was launched in 2012, we have made headway.  The amount of household waste generated by an average Aucklander dropped by 10 per cent between 2010 and 2016 – from 160kg/person to 144kg/person. Waste from council's own administrative offices dropped by 30 per cent over the same period.  But we can still do better.

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 is our second region-wide plan and our latest blueprint for reducing and diverting waste from landfill.  The plan's vision is still firmly focused on zero waste by 2040 and has set targets under three key areas:

Total regional waste

  • Reduce total council- and private-sector-influenced waste to landfill by 30 per cent by 2027 (from the baseline of 832kg to 582 kg per capita per year)

Domestic waste

  • Reduce domestic kerbside refuse by 30 per cent by 2021 (from 160kg to 110kg per capita per year)
  • After 2021, reduce domestic kerbside refuse by a further 20 per cent by 2028 (from 110kg to 88kg per capita per year)

Council waste

  • Reduce council’s own in-house office waste by 60 per cent per capita by 2024 (from a 2012 baseline)
  • Work across council to set a baseline for operational wastes and, by 2019, put in place targets for reduction

To help Auckland achieve these targets, we're planning some changes including a region-wide food scraps collection service for urban areas, the continued development of our Community Recycling Centre regional network, and a pay as you throw system for rubbish collection across the region.

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.