Council waste rules change

New rules relating to composting, burial of dead animals, unaddressed mail and shopping trolley removal come into effect on October 25.

Auckland Council’s new Waste Management and Minimisation bylaw sets out what individuals and businesses can and can’t do with their waste.

Mayor Phil Goff says the bylaw clearly sets out how residents should dispose of waste to ensure that it is recycled or repurposed where possible, rather than taken straight to landfill.

“Part of this is about enabling Aucklanders to compost in our communities and outlining to businesses, event organisers and multi-unit developments their responsibilities for managing and minimising waste,” he says. “We all need to reduce the impact of our waste.”

The bylaw also covers storage and collection areas for disposed of or discarded material; trading, event and film activities in Council-controlled public places; and approvals for waste collectors and operators of waste management facilities, resource recovery facilities and donation collection bins.
Auckland sends more than 1.6 million tonnes of waste to landfill every year.

To read and obtain copies of the bylaw, go to or at libraries or Council service centres.

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