Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

What you need to know

Papakura will be the first area in the Auckland region to get the new three-bin rubbish collection service and the first large-scale area to get a weekly food scraps collection service.

The three-bin service includes:

  • A 240 litre recycling bin for household plastic containers, paper, cardboard, cans, tins and glass containers, which is already in use around the region.
  • A new 23 litre food scraps bin for all household food scraps, and a 6 litre kitchen caddy to go in your kitchen to collect food scraps.
  • A new rubbish bin (80, 120 or 240 litres). A 120L bin will be provided as standard. Smaller bins (80L) or larger bins (240L) can be requested here. 

Recycling and food scraps collections will be covered by your rates. When you get your new rubbish bin you will continue to pay for rubbish as you throw it away, just as you currently do with the orange bag system. 

If your property is within the rural boundary area, you will receive a refuse bin only. You will also have the option to continue using bags.


The food scraps collection service started on 19 March 2018 and the tagged rubbish bin service starts on 21 May 2018.

These services will be rolled out across Auckland in the next three to five years.

Food scraps collection

The average Auckland household rubbish bag/bin contains around 45% food scraps.

Each household will receive a kitchen caddy to collect food scraps and a larger bin to empty these scraps into. The bin will be emptied from the kerbside as part of a weekly collection.

The collected food scraps will be processed on a commercial scale for beneficial re-use including the production of compost for agriculture and farming. Energy which can be turned into electricity can also be created from this process. 

This will significantly reduce the amount of material sent to landfill – saving residents money on rubbish disposal and benefiting the environment.

Pay-as-you-throw rubbish collection

Each household will be provided with a standard (120 litres) rubbish bin for their household rubbish. The rubbish bin collection will replace the orange pre-paid rubbish bag currently used.

Households will pay for the collection of their rubbish through a tag system which will be available through retail outlets where orange bags are currently sold. Residents can choose how often they want to have their bin emptied by attaching the tag to their bin.

The pre-paid tags will cost $3.80 per bin tag for an orange tag for a standard-sized rubbish bin (120L).  

Smaller bins (80L) or larger bins (240L) are available to order. Request a different bin size here

If you have a smaller bin (80L) you will need to buy a blue tag for $2.60; if you have a larger bin (240L), you'll need to buy a green tag for $5.50. 

The rubbish collection service will continue to run weekly.

Recycling collection

There will be no changes to the fortnightly recycling service.