Food & garden waste

Around 50% of household rubbish is food waste or garden waste. That's too much - but there are solutions that benefit the environment and your bank balance.

What households in New Plymouth (left) and Stratford/South Taranaki throw out.

What's being sent to the landfill from households (left) and commercial premises (right) in New Plymouth. Too much of it should be going elsewhere.

All the food waste and garden waste that we put into our rubbish bags or rubbish bins ends up in the landfill. But there are better alternatives that will save you money.

  • Turn your garden waste, lawn clippings and food waste into compost and make your garden healthy and lush. It's easy and convenient, and doesn’t need to take up much space. You can find more information on this website or from Mitre 10(external link).
  • Want a week's worth of free food? New Zealanders spend on average $563 per year on food that ends up in the rubbish.  Go to the Love Food Hate Waste website(external link) to learn how to shop smarter, make your food go further and save money.

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