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1 Here s your rubbish and recycling guide

2 Why are we changing? It s time to see our waste for what it can be a valuable resource. Aucklanders are already great recyclers, sending more than 100,000 tonnes of material to be turned into new products every year. But we could still do more. The average Aucklander sends about 160kg of rubbish to landfill every year. Of this, 65 per cent could have been avoided or put to better use. The tips in this guide will help you reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. It s much easier than you might have thought! Our goal: zero waste Auckland by 2040 Auckland Council has a plan for reducing waste, to help make Auckland an even better place to live. Waste services are one of the many services you get for your rates. The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) sets out how, during the next few years, Auckland Council will be introducing: a new food waste collection service in urban areas an enhanced recycling service 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. Bringing together all the different waste collection systems across Auckland is a big task so it will take some time to implement. We ll keep you informed as these changes are introduced over the next few years. 65% of our waste can be recovered 15% recycling 10% garden waste 40% food waste 35% other waste You can find out more at: makethemostofwaste.co.nz or call: makethemostofwaste.co.nz I 3

3 Recycling Yes please To make sure you are recycling as much as you can, follow our helpful guide: you can recycle packaging from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, including plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, tins and cans, and paper and cardboard plastic bottles plastic bottles from the bathroom and laundry plastic containers clear plastic food containers please don t put plastic bags in your Auckland Council recycling bin they get caught in the recycling sorting machines use our recycling search tool at makethemostofwaste.co.nz advertising mail and envelopes egg cartons newspapers and magazines paper and cardboard packaging Please remember: rinse and squash all containers leave the lids on all bottles and containers containers should be no larger than 4 litres Tetra Pak cartons are NOT accepted in North Shore and Waitākere. glass bottles and jars aluminium cans steel and tin cans empty aerosols How recycling is collected in different areas of Auckland No thanks North Shore and Waitākere Rodney Central Auckland Manukau, Papakura and urban Franklin plastic bags (full or empty) food and garden waste hazardous waste and chemicals polystyrene meat trays and packaging Kerbside Kerbside Kerbside Kerbside Paper is collected separately Auckland city centre Waiheke Great Barrier Rural Franklin all types of batteries nappies clothing, shoes and textiles window glass, mirror glass and lightbulbs OR Kerbside Kerbside Bundled paper and cardboard collected from kerbside; glass, plastic and cans taken to drop-off point Taken to drop-off point cookware, Pyrex and drinking glasses electronic and electrical items building waste 4 makethemostofwaste.co.nz I medical 5

4 Food and garden waste On your collection day Each year Aucklanders send at least 90,000 tonnes of food and garden waste to landfill. Food waste is food scraps, leftovers and food that has gone off, as well as tea and coffee grounds. Reduce your food waste, save money Reducing the amount of food you buy and composting your leftovers are two easy ways to reduce the amount of food waste you send to landfill. New organic waste collection service Auckland Council will introduce an organics collection in urban areas from 2016, to make it even easier to recycle your food scraps. Get composting Composting is a great way to keep the goodness in your garden. And it s easier and cleaner than you might have thought. Auckland Council provides support to get you composting. To find out more visit our website aucklandcouncil.govt.nz keyword compost. Types of composting Compost bin: For food scraps, garden pruning, grass and dead leaves. Worm farm: Use to dispose of food scraps and small amounts of paper. Bokashi fermentation bucket: For food scraps, including meat and cooked leftovers. Putting your rubbish and recycling out Leave your bin or bag as close as you can to the kerbside, clear of the footpath and clear of other bins. Place your bin or bag away from signs, lamp posts and trees. Make sure your bin is not overfull and that the lid can close. Make sure your bag is a safe carry weight, of up to 10kgs. Place your bin or bag out by 7am on your usual collection day. Remember, your collection day is one day later after public holidays. For information about loss of bin, damage to bin or collection date changes, please visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call Remember if you don t put your rubbish and recycling out right, it may not be collected. Wrap any broken glass or sharp objects before putting them in the rubbish. Do not put these items in your rubbish bin or bag Garden waste Garden waste is grass clippings, branches, weeds, plants and wood. hot ashes medical garden waste recyclables including paper and cardboard What can I do with my garden waste? Use your garden waste to build healthy compost. Mulch your lawn clippings and garden waste. Take your garden waste to a nearby transfer station or green waste drop-off point. Sign up with a green waste collection company. Reduce nappy waste Reducing disposable nappy waste is one way to avoid sending waste to landfill. Find out more by searching nappy choices on the Auckland Council website. hazardous materials building material 6 makethemostofwaste.co.nz I 7

5 Litter and illegal dumping Litter Littering makes our streets untidy and can pollute our waterways and beaches. We can all do our bit to keep our communities litter free by putting our rubbish and recycling bins or bags out correctly and putting litter in bins. Illegal dumping The council investigates illegal dumping and will prosecute serious offenders. The penalties for illegal dumping can be significant. If you see someone littering or dumping a large amount of rubbish, please contact Auckland Council immediately on What goes in your inorganics collection? stoves lawnmowers corrugated iron bicycles Inorganic collections The inorganic collection service will be changing from mid The new collection system will be better for you and for your community, by recovering more items for re-use or recycling which means sending less to landfill. We ll provide more information about how the new collection will work as it s brought to your neighbourhood. carpet No thanks furniture washing machines metal pipe Big items don t belong in rubbish Please don t put large household items in your recycling or rubbish collection. There are other ways to dispose of these things responsibly. You can: recycle, repair, donate, gift or exchange items drop them off at a transfer station during opening hours (charges may apply) contact the manufacturer to see if they will take the product back for recycling. hazardous waste eg solvents mirror/broken glass garden waste paint Find a new home for your stuff If you have items that are too good to throw out you can donate them to your local charity store some will even collect large items or bulk donations. You could also post your unwanted items on social media, or check out the Recycler Directory (recycler.org.nz) which has information on recycling a wide range of items. As part of our long term goal of zero waste by 2040, the council is working with communities and business to develop a network of sites where you can drop more of your unwanted items to be refurbished or recycled. We ll keep you informed as more sites come on line. building waste car parts gas cylinders tyres To find out more about your inorganics collection call Auckland Council on or visit the website aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/en/environmentwaste 8 makethemostofwaste.co.nz I 9

6 Hazardous waste Waste transfer stations Household hazardous waste is unwanted household products and chemicals that can potentially harm people s health or pollute the environment. Hazardous waste often has labels such as warning, caution, danger, poison or do not dispose of with household rubbish. Hazardous waste must NOT be put out with your household rubbish. Reduce hazardous waste The best way to manage hazardous waste is to eliminate or reduce its use whenever possible. Use safer products in the house, garden and shed. It s amazing how effective non-hazardous materials like baking soda, vinegar and borax are. Only buy as much of a hazardous product as you need. Consider ways to reduce the use of chemicals in the garden. Buy environmentally-friendly products. Look out for the New Zealand Environmental Choice logo. Don t leave your old chemicals, oils or paint behind if you are moving house. Make sure you take them to a drop-off point. E-waste Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to anything with a battery or plug. Valuable materials can be recovered from e-waste and reused in new products. If you put e-waste in your inorganic collection it may go to landfill, so instead see if you can upgrade, repair or donate electronic items. Some manufacturers have a take-back scheme so it s worth checking with them. Visit recycler.org.nz to find recycling companies that may accept electronic waste. There are 22 waste transfer stations in the Auckland region. These are places where you can drop off items such as garden waste, larger household waste, hazardous household waste and scrap metal. Not all transfer stations accept all these items, so you need to check before you go. You should also check opening times and charges as these vary. For more information about transfer stations, visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and search transfer stations. Remember, not all transfer stations accept hazardous waste. There are places you can take hazardous waste It is important to dispose of hazardous waste carefully. Visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and search hazardous waste to find your nearest hazardous waste drop-off point. Check what types of hazardous waste are accepted at these drop-off points before you go. Drop-off facilities can be found at the locations below. Make sure you call the facility to check what items are accepted before you go. Henderson Great Barrier Island Waiheke Island Mairangi Bay Onehunga Silverdale Waitākere Refuse and Recycling Transfer Station, 50 The Concourse Great Barrier Island Recycling Centre, Grey Road, Claris Waiheke Island Recycling Centre, 110 Ostend Road Constellation Drive Refuse Transfer Station, 4 Home Place Pikes Point Transfer Station, 81 Captain Springs Road Transfer Station, 101 Foundry Road 10 makethemostofwaste.co.nz I 11

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