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 by making small changes – buy reusable rather than disposable products, taking your own bags to the supermarket, choosing products with less packaging and buy only what you need.

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

  • 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.

Report on Community Waste Minimisation survey

In March 2023 we surveyed the community on their thoughts of waste minimisation in Porirua. The survey results have highlighted several areas of potential growth and change with regards to waste reduction and reuse behaviour within our city.

You can read the full report here.

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

Love Food Hate Waste NZ

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We are part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to help Kiwi families to waste less food.  For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money, visit lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz.

👉 NZ 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.
👉  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 item, with 20 million loaves thrown away each year

(and that doesn’t include the bread we throw to the birds!)

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Waste Free Living

Keen to save some moolah while helping the planet? Check out Kate Meads, who runs regular Waste Free Living, Waste Free Parenting and Food Lovers Master Class workshops.  Visit Waste Free with Kate 

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Recycling soft plastics

There are a handful of places in Porirua where you can take your clean, dry soft plastics for recycling. For further information check out the Soft Plastics Recycling webpage


Less Waste, Greater Place

All councils in the Wellington region consulted on the regional Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2023-2029 in August 2023. You can find more information here: lesswastegreaterplace.co.nz

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.