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.

Recycling soft plastics

Soft plastics are anything made of plastic that can be scrunched into a ball.  These are recyclable but we recommend you put them in the soft plastic bins located in the entrances or exits of some of our local supermarkets and stores. In Porirua, you can take soft plastic bags (like bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags, courier envelopes, shopping bags, sanitary hygiene packaging) to the following stores:

  • Countdown Aotea
  • Countdown Porirua
  • Moore Wilsons Porirua
  • New World Porirua
  • New World Paremata
  • New World Whitby
  • Pak'nSave Porirua
  • The Warehouse Porirua

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 www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz.

Waste free living

Use plant-based compostable products where possible.  See what's available on the Green Choice Pacific website.

Working with shopping villages

The Recycling Rewards Porgramme 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

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
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Porirua aims to cut landfill waste by a third

Porirua City and the other seven Councils in the Wellington region have a new joint plan aiming to reduce waste sent to landfills by a third over the next 10 years.

31 Aug 2017