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Did you know?

  • organic waste such as vegetable peelings going to landfill results in the creation of harmful methane gas
  • nine tonnes of waste are generated to create a 2.3 kg laptop computer
  • it takes 7 gallons of crude oil to produce one car tyre
  • for every tonne of paper recycled 31,780 litres of water are conserved
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will light a 100- watt light bulb for four hours.
  • Every ton of recycled paper saves almost 400 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill and seventeen trees. 
  • Tauranga sends the equivalent of 20 buses a day to landfill through our transfer stations
  • the average New Zealand home creates 800kg of waste per year.  Here’s what’s in the average rubbish bag: 
    Waste Pie Chart

How our city manages waste

The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 requires territorial authorities like Tauranga City Council to create a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).  This plan has been created jointly with Western Bay of Plenty District Council to determine our priorities for efficient and effective waste management and minimization for our regions.  View a copy of the plan

Tauranga city operates on a ‘user-pays’ system where collection and disposal of waste and recycling is not rates funded.

Simple steps to reduce waste:

  • compost your household food scraps and garden waste
  • find a green waste collection service
  • shop wisely – choose products without all the packaging or buy in bulk to reduce packaging
  • say no to disposable and single use items, use a reusable water bottle or coffee cup
  • recycle your glass and plastic bottles, jars, cans and paper from home, in your school or workplace.
  • Visit The Waste Exchange or list on Freecycle
  • for help on disposing of waste items responsibly check out the waste directory.

The Waste Exchange


Waste directory

See what support is available to help you reduce your waste 

Last Reviewed: 09/03/2017