Transforming Auckland’s waste services is a big undertaking that will happen over a number of years. “We want to transition everyone to the same services, so people have the same choices,” says Councillor George Wood, chair of the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee.
“Through dealing with waste better, we can have a big impact on our natural environment, and prepare for a better Auckland for now and in the future.”
• A new, improved inorganic collection service is already off the mark and running throughout the region. Visit makethemostofwaste.co.nz to find out how to book, and how the new on-property service will make our streets tidier, while benefiting the community.
• Recycling changes are happening in some areas, so we’ll all have the same bins and service. This will begin rolling out in the north-west of the region in 2016.
• A weekly food waste collection in urban areas, rolling out from 2018.
• Introducing pay-as-you-throw rubbish bin collection to all of Auckland from 2019 to 2020.
The council is also developing community recycling centres around the region to create a resource recovery network.
This is all to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. The council aims to reduce domestic kerbside waste to landfill by 30 per cent per capita by 2018.