Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

What you need to know

Thanks Waitākere, you’ve been doing a great job using the new bin system. By using your bins you’ve kept your streets cleaner and helped reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Plus putting your rubbish bin out only when it’s full, not every single week, could save you money!

Key dates

Bag collections have stopped 5 March 2018 in urban areas, we are now only collecting bins with pre-paid bin tags.


You can buy orange and green tags at supermarket check outs, dairies, petrol stations and Auckland Council service centres, libraries and the Waitākere refuse transfer station across west Auckland.

From 26 March the blue tag price for 80L bins will be $2.60 at Auckland Council service centres, libraries and the Waitākere refuse transfer station. 

The new standard $2.60 price will take two to three weeks to take effect at other outlets and supermarkets.

In the interim the blue tag price is $2.90.  

Need a new bin?

If you no longer have your blue and yellow bin, click here to order a new bin.

Rural customers

If you are in a rural area, check whether your property can continue to use orange bags or a bin or click here and search ‘collection day’. 

If you are a rural property that would like to use bags, you will be able to buy from:

  • Piha Store
  • Huia Store
  • Oratia Suprette
  • Libraries: Waitākere Central, Glen Eden, New Lynn, Blockhouse Bay, Avondale, Ranui, Massey, Te Atatu and Titrangi
  • Service centres: Waitākere Central, New Lynn local board and Glen Eden local board

Frequently asked questions

How much do the tags cost?

Orange tag for the standard sized bin (120L or 140L) - $3.80

Green tag for the larger sized bin (240L) - $5.50

Blue tag for the smaller sized bin (80L) - $2.60

Image of blue bin with yellow lid and orange tag on left handle

How will the tags work?

The tag works like an airport luggage tag – on the back of the tag instructions explain how to place the tag around the bin handle. Attach the tag to the left-hand bin handle so our collectors can see them.

What if someone steals my tag?

The tag design includes a security cut outs to prevent it being peeled off easily once the tag is stuck together. This means that if someone takes a tag off your bin they won’t be able to use it for themselves. 

Each tag also has a space to write your address as an additional security feature. This will help rubbish collection runners, who will be inspecting tags, identify if a tag has been stolen and re-used.   

Will my rubbish bin be collected if I don’t put a tag on it?

No. Drivers will only collect Auckland Council bins with a tag. Please make sure you put a tag on your bin as there will be no option to pay for a tag later and trucks will not be sent back to collect bins put out without a tag.

Click here to check out more frequently asked questions.