Rubbish & Recycling

Key Timings

General rubbish, recycling, paper and cardboard collection times in the central city are:

13 times weekly.
Monday to Saturday between 5pm and 5:30pm, and 12 midnight to 4am.
Sunday after 12 midnight only.

Rubbish should not be placed outside the above times to avoid a $400 fine.
Auckland Council has published this guide outlining the special rubbish & recycling collection arrangements for businesses in the city centre.

General Rubbish

Rubbish should be placed in council supplied RED RUBBISH BAGS and placed on the kerbside just before collection times. 

Every rateable property in the city centre is supplied with 104 red rubbish bags annually, at 6 monthly intervals. These bags can only be used for collections in the Auckland inner city centre. Rubbish not placed out in an official bag, (e.g. a red bag, except for licensed commercial collectors’ bags) is classified as illegal dumping. People caught illegally dumping waste could be fined.
No hazardous materials, garden waste or liquids should be put into the rubbish bags.
Your rubbish will not be collected if it's put out at the wrong time with the wrong contents such as hazardous materials, garden waste or liquids.
Your rubbish will not be collected if it is placed in a non-approved rubbish bag.

Uncollected rubbish should be taken in and put out at the next collection time.

Maximum weight 15kg.
Business disposing of rubbish illegally could incur a fine of up to $25,000.

Recycling

Rubbish should be placed in council supplied CLEAR RECYCLING BAGS and placed on the kerbside just before collection times. 
Every rateable property in the city centre is supplied with 156 clear recycling bags annually, at 6 monthly intervals. Recycling not placed out in an official bag, (e.g. a red bag, except for licensed commercial collectors’ bags) is classified as illegal dumping. People caught illegally dumping waste could be fined.


What goes in your recycling bag:

- Plastic containers rinsed and squashed Polystyrene
- Aluminium steel tins and cans
- Oil or paint containers
- Glass bottles and jars Liquids of any sorts
- Tetrapaks Containers larger than 4 litres
- Plastic bags

Your recycling will not be collected if it is put out at the wrong time or contains the wrong contents.
Uncollected recycling should be taken in and put out at the next collection time.
Maximum weight 15kg.
Businesses disposing of recycling illegally could incur a fine of up to $25,000.

Fats and Oils

Fats and oils require specialist disposal and you are required to make arrangements with a private contractor for collection.
Don't place containers of oil on the kerbside as they will stain the pavement and spill all over the collection vehicles.
Don't pour used fats and oils down drains as it will cause blockages.
Don't pour fats and oils into tree roots as it will kill the trees.
Businesses disposing of fats and oils illegally could incur a fine of up to $25,000.
Did you know you could receive up to 30 cents/litre for oil? Below are some of the companies that collect used fats and oil in the city.
Transpacific Technical Services
09 274 7963 | www.transpac.co.nz
NZ Ester Fuels Ltd
Patrick Cosgrove | 021 687 121 or 09 236 8293 | www.nzef.co.nz
Future Fuels/The Oil Man
Andrew Blackwood | 021 687 121
Biodiesel NZ
0508 246 3437 | info@biodiesel-nz.co.nz

Paper and Cardboard

How to dispose of your paper and cardboard:

Flattened cardboard tied with string or inside another box.
Do not put any polystyrene or plastic inside boxes.
Uncollected cardboard/paper should be taken in and put out at the next collection time. Your cardboard/paper will not be collected if put out at the wrong time.
Paper, beer and pizza boxes.



Purchasing additional red rubbish or clear recycling bags
If you run out of either the red rubbish or clear recycling bags before your next six-monthly allocation, you can purchase these bags at the Auckland Council customer services centre, Bledisloe House, 24 Wellesley Street.
For information about rubbish and recycling in the city centre, phone Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 or visit their website here.

For more information or collections outside of the city centre/Rubbish bag zone click here.