An easy guide to what can be recycled in Whangārei as well as information about composting and free local composting workshops. You'll reduce the waste you send to landfill, save money in disposal fees, and help save the planet!
Recycling reduces the amount of raw materials needed to produce the new products that we consume.
Clean items first
If items aren't clean they can't be recycled.
What can be recycled in Whangārei?
In our district we collect number 1, 2, and 5 plastics, aluminium and tin cans, glass bottles and jars of all colours, and paper and cardboard through our kerbside recycling collection as well as at our rubbish and recycling stations.
Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection
Rubbish transfer stations
- Make sure you and your whānau are familiar with what can and cannot be recycled kerbside
- It’s important to sort our recycling to ensure we are not contaminating it with items that cannot be recycled
- Make sure you know where your nearest rubbish and recycling station is and what items they accept
- Find out what to do with items that can’t be recycled kerbside
For unavoidable food waste like eggshells and banana skins that you wouldn’t normally eat, composting is a great option. Food scraps are valuable organic resources that can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions if they are sent to landﬁll. Don’t let a good thing go to waste and instead return the nutrients to the soil by composting.
There’s a few different methods out there from traditional composting, worm farming to bokashi, each with their own benefits. Compost Collective website has more information about each option.
Composting options - Compost Connection website
Get started with composting
EcoSolutions run a free Compost Connection mentoring programme to give you the knowledge you need to set up and run your own system at home. They will help you chose the best option for your household and provide ongoing support and advice once the system is set up at your home. By taking part in the workshops, you will have the opportunity to purchase a composting bin system to suit your household’s needs, at a heavily discounted price.
Free composting workshops by EcoSolutions
Want to compost your food scraps but don’t have the space or time at home? Sharewaste is a great way to connect you with other people who are willing to accept your food scraps and organics to use in their own composting set up.
Share Waste - Compost Collective website
The CarbonCycle Composting Guide