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Waste Management and Minimisation

Tauranga’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Council’s aim is to ensure sustainable waste management (rubbish collection, disposal and reduction) which protects public health and the environment.

This also means keeping our city clean, tidy and free of litter.
Council’s manages waste collection and disposal, litter collection, closed landfills and waste minimisation programmes:

  • Litter collection and closed landfills are funded from rates. Rubbish collection, composting and the Transfer Stations are paid for through user charges or rental of the facilities.
  • Waste minimisation programmes are funded through the national waste levy.

Litter, abandoned vehicles and street sweeping


Kerbside collection and Tauranga City Council rubbish bags

Waste minimisation programmes

Our challenge over the next decade is to reduce the waste that has no potential to be reused as a resource (residual waste) to an absolute minimum.

Tauranga City’s Current Waste Statistics

All of Council’s solid waste operations take into consideration the principles of the waste hierarchy: Avoid, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery and Disposal.

Avoidance is the best way to reduce waste. When you are considering purchasing a new item, ask yourself:

  • Do you really need to buy that product?  
  • How will you dispose of the packaging? 
  • What will you do with the old one? 
  • Can it be composted? 
  • Can someone else use it?
Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - it all starts with your shopping habits.

Last Reviewed: 31/01/2017