COVID-19 pandemic

We’re closely following Government guidelines in relation to COVID-19. Please note this is affecting many of our services and for the latest updates please go to our Covid-19 pandemic page.

Government Covid-19 site Porirua City pandemic page

Waste minimisation

We're aiming to reduce the amount of waste we send to our landfill by a third over the next 10 years. You can help us meet this target.

Reducing waste together

A great place to start living more sustainably is to think about how you, your family, your school, your business and your community can reduce, reuse and recycle.

You can reduce waste making small changes – buy reusable rather than disposable products, taking your own bags to the supermarket, choose products with less packaging and buy only what you need.

Compost your food scraps (eg fruit and vegetable peelings, teabags and coffee grinds)  and gardening waste (eg leaves and grass clippings).

Before you throw anything away, think whether any part of it can be reused and given another life.  For example:

  • jars, tins and plastic containers are great for storage
  • take your unwanted household goods to Trash Palace
  • take gas bottles, car batteries and green waste to Spicer landfill for recycling.

Recycle plastic, cans, glass, paper and cardboard by putting them out in your kerbside recycling service.

Check out Ministry for the Environment's tips on ways you can reduce waste

Recycling soft plastics

The soft plastics recycling scheme at our local supermarkets is on hold until further notice. All bins have been removed from the supermarkets. For further information check out the Soft Plastics Recycling webpage

Soft plastics, which is any plastic that can be scrunched into a ball, for example, plastic bags, and food packaging, are not being recycled through the kerbside recycling service, so please put them into the rubbish.

Resources for schools

We want to help your school reduce waste and to educate and inspire students to contribute to this.  

We support schools through

  • Compost Classroom Programme: 
    Helps schools reduce the amount of food and green waste going to landfill
  • presentation to students and teachers
  • supporting waste audits
  • Enviroschools programme
    National programme which helps schools take a long-term, whole-school approach to sustainability
If your school needs help with other waste minimisation actions (e.g. recycling, waste free lunches), please email or phone us. 

For more information, contact us on phone (04) 237 5089.

Other resources for schools

Love Food Hate Waste NZ

We are part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to help Kiwi families to waste less food. 

New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food which is thrown out uneaten.  This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country.

Put another way, we throw away 122,547 tonnes of food annually, enough to feed 262,917 people or 4.5 times the population of Porirua for a year. Bread is the most wasted food item, with 20 million loaves thrown away each year – and that doesn’t include the bread we throw to the birds!

For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money, visit

Waste free living

Kate Meads runs regular Waste Free Living, Waste Free Parenting and Food Lovers Master Class  workshops in Porirua.  Visit Waste Free with Kate 

Working with shopping villages

The Recycling Rewards Programme is designed for shopping villages, helping them to reduce their waste going to landfill through recycling. 

For more information, contact us on (04) 237 5089.

Waste free, together

All councils in the Wellington region have adopted a new regional Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2.4MB pdf). The aim is to reduce the amount of waste produced, to better reuse waste resources and to recycle more. The councils are working together on a number of national and regional education initiatives to overcome the waste issues

Latest waste minimisation news

Waste at Waitangi

Zero waste hits the mark at Waitangi Day

Last month's Waitangi Day event in Porirua made some incredible inroads in zero waste.

6 Mar 2020
Weltec and Whitirea staff work to reduce waste

Whitireia gets behind sustainability

Whitireia and WelTec are working with Porirua City to reduce waste as part of a growing commitment to sustainability.

1 Jun 2018
news - recycling wheelie bins replace crates

New recycling bins better for Porirua and the planet

Recycling blowing around the streets of Porirua should soon be a thing of the past.

8 May 2018