Garden waste

Garden waste

Options for your garden leftovers

Annual weed amnesty is coming up

Dispose of your pest plants* for free.

From Saturday 16th October until Sunday 31 October 2021 pest plants* are accepted free at the Waiheke Community Resource Recovery Park – 108-110 Ostend Road.

*Pest plants accepted are agapanthus, agave, bamboo, climbing asparagus, gorse, ginger, moth plant, madeira vine, old man’s beard, tradescantia, yucca, phoenix and fan palm. These plants cause problems for our local environment and are treated as rubbish when disposed of because they cannot be simply composted.

Limited to one load (200kgs) per household, car, ute or trailer. Please bring your rates notice or utility bill for confirmation.

Non-pest plants, soil/stones and rocks, and anything longer than 1m will not be accepted.

To find out more about pest plants* visit

These plants cause problems for our local environment and are treated as rubbish when disposed of, as they as they are not easily composted.

Contact Waiheke Local Board for more information on the Weed Amnesty:[HM(S1] 

 Managing garden waste year round

Do you have excess garden waste lying around your property? Clean up your garden and start turning your garden waste into nutrient-rich compost today.

Here are some options to choose from:


Instead of sending your kitchen and garden waste off for processing, simply compost it at home. Compost is organic material that can be added to enrich your soil for a better garden. Attend a free local composting workshop, or find about more online at


No space to compost? Share your waste. Sharewaste connects people who wish to compost their kitchen and garden waste with their neighbours who are already composting. To find out how to start sharing with your neighbours visit

Mulching and Chipping

Mulching and Chipping can help the growth of your garden or other areas of plant life by decreasing the amount of weeds present. It also encourages the nutrients in the soil to become more productive. Mulch can assist the soil in locking in moisture that plants need to grow and helps aerate very compact soil.

Waiheke Community Resource Recovery Park

Garden waste can be dropped off at the Waiheke Community Resource Recovery Park, gate fees apply.

  •          60-litre bag - $5
  •          Car boot load - $15
  •          Single axle trailer (no cage) / station wagon / ute load - $30.50

All other garden waste loads assessed by weight:

  •          $182.50 per tonne
  •          Minimum charge - $30

Non-compostable green waste has always been separated out and charged as general waste. For example, noxious weeds, pampas, flax, toetoe, ginger, bamboo, tradescantia, all palms, and tree roots.