Top tips for rubbish and recycling

The more you reduce, reuse, and recycle, the better it is for the environment – and your wallet.

Check out these top tips for ways to improve your rubbish and recycling management. Don't forget to check out our Rubbish and Recycling Directory for more information about whether your item is trash or a recyclable treasure.

How can you help? Say no to single use plastics

Just say no to single use straws, cups, bottles, containers and bags. Here are some handy hints on how to do that and to reduce the plastic in your life, plus some other top tips to help you reduce, reuse, and recycle:



Coffee Cups






Plastic - soft plastic like food wrap and bubble wrap

Plastic Free




Takeaway Food Containers

Tin Foil 


Landfill tours

Tours of the Southern landfill are available. The tour gives a history of waste operations, looks at the volume and types of waste being sent to landfills, and shares ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Visit our free landfill tour section for all the information you need and how to book.

Love Food Hate Waste NZ

Kiwi families throw out about $560 worth of food a year, which hurts the wallet as much as the planet. We support Love Food Hate Waste NZ so they can inform, inspire, and enable Wellingtonians to waste less food –and save money.

Minimise waste at events

Check out our minimise waste at events section to find out all you need to know, and what resources and support are available to help you with a waste-free approach when planning your event.

Recycling grant

Schools, early childhood centres and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a kerbside collection service or a recycling grant for their recycling. Check out our grants page for more information.

Waste minimisation seed fund

Did you know your innovative waste reduction initiative could be eligible for funding? Check out our funding page for more information and to see if your project fits the criteria.