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Summer waste barge services in the Hauraki Gulf

Making it easy for boaties out on the water

Published: 11 January 2019

Auckland Council is taking positive action again this summer to keep Auckland's Waitematā Harbour beautiful by providing waste barges out in the Hauraki Gulf to help boaties dispose of their waste.

With the influx of people to the Hauraki Gulf islands over summer, the council encourages day visitors to ‘pack in and pack out’ and take their waste with them when they go.

“If people are visiting one of the islands for a day, we’re asking people to take their waste home with them and dispose of it responsibly, in their kerbside waste or recycling bins,” says Parul Sood, Programme Director Waste Solutions.

"For those out on the water for longer periods, Auckland Council has set up summer waste barge services in the Hauraki Gulf to support leisure boat users to effectively manage their waste while out on the water."

Barges are located in two separate locations – one at Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island and the second at Man O’ War Bay, Waiheke Island. Boaties are actively encouraged to use the facilities or to take their waste home with them. 

The barges are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including public holidays, and accept general household waste and recyclables. No commercial waste, inorganic/bulky items, or hazardous waste will be accepted.

Each barge is set up with 240-litre wheelie bins - some are assigned for general waste, others for recyclable materials. The clearly-marked bins are designed to be clean, watertight, and will effectively contain all refuse and recycling, as well as any odours that may occur in the heat of summer. The bulwarks of the barge are also designed to contain any waste that may escape from the wheelie bins.

Boaties can tie up to the barge or row out and safely secure their vessels alongside the refuse barges.

Great Barrier Island

The summer waste barge will be open until Wednesday, 6 February 2019. The barge is moored at Port Fitzroy, on the south side of the Man of War Passage, just north of Smokehouse Bay. See map below:

Waiheke Island

The summer waste barge is open until Thursday, 7 February 2019. The barge is moored at Man O’ War Bay, Waiheke Island. See map below:

How to use the summer barges

  • Pre-sort your waste into rubbish and recyclable materials before you arrive at the barge
  • Place all items in the appropriately marked wheelie bins – general waste or recycling
  • Recyclable materials wheelie bins have a green body and yellow lid
  • Please do not leave rubbish bags or loose items on the deck of the barge.  Ensure all rubbish bags are placed in the general waste bins
  • Recycle as much as you can: glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans/empty aerosols, steel and tin cans, plastics labelled 1-7, paper and cardboard, and Tetra Pak cartons (milk and juice)
  • Remember to rinse all containers and leave the lids on all bottles and containers. Containers should be no larger than 4 litres
  • The Great Barrier Island Barge is unable to accept Tetra Pak cartons or bottle lids. Please place these items with your general waste
  • A rule of thumb to follow is that you can recycle most packaging containers from your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.


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