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Waste and recycling

More than one tonne of waste is produced every year for each person in the Bay of Plenty.

Waste that is poorly managed is bad for the environment, our health and our economy. The challenge that we face is to ensure that our environment and our health are not harmed while still receiving the beneifts that goods and materials provide.

In the Bay of Plenty the responsibility for managing waste is shared between city and district councils and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Don’t Paint the Drain

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council, along with The Western Bay District Council and Tauranga City Council pollution teams, runs the ‘Don’t Paint the Drain’ campaign to help prevent pollution of our waterways and harbour by both the DIY enthusiast and professional painters.

The campaign encourages the proper disposal of old paint, paint tins, and the wash water left over after rinsing paint equipment. Enamel, water, and oil based paint can all cause serious harm to our environment. They may contain toxic solvents, heavy metals, and suspended solids.

Runoff of residential and commercial painting activities to the stormwater system directly affects our local waterways and the organisms in them. It can poison animals and plants; restrict light entering waterways; smother organisms and clog gills and eyes of fish; reduce oxygen levels in waterways; and make fish and shellfish poisonous if consumed.

Sponsors of the campaign; Resene and Dulux both have Paint takeback services, where unwanted paint and containers are reused or recycled to minimise the impact on the environment, as well as Paint wash containment systems for Trade professionals.

People can win paint prizes as part of the campaign by picking up a Don’t paint the Drain brochure from participating paint stores, or council visitor information centres. For more information, call 07 5777 000

Successful Applicants to WRAG Fund announced

The Waste Resources Advisory Group (WRAG) has announced the successful applicants for the $50,000 WRAG fund. Find out more on the WRAG page.

City and District Councils

Local councils collect and dispose of solid waste, operate transfer stations and landfills throughout the region and promote waste reductions and recycling. Contact your city or district council for more information on these services.

Your local Council website has a list of local waste and recycling services and programmes:

Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's role in managing waste is outlined in the Waste and Resource Efficiency Strategy.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is also a part of the Waste Resources Advisory Group (WRAG) which is made up of local government, industry and community groups which are driving the aspirations of the Regional Waste and Resource Efficiency Strategy.

WRAG has a new $50,000 contestable fund available for applicants from any organisation, business, group, council, industry or community group with a project they have which would promote and progress the Waste Strategy's aspirations. Project applications will need to meet criteria which scores each application on how closely aligned it is to the Strategy's aspirations. Find out more about this fund.

The Waste and Recycling Directory is a fast and easy way to find companies that can take or recycle waste materials in the Bay of Plenty. The directory is set up for households or businesses looking to stop their waste going to landfill.

All Waste Exchange registrations are part of a community supporting the reduce, re-use and recycle philosophy. Think before you throw: a visit to The Waste Exchange could be a better solution! For more information visit the

Effective 1st July 2014, Agrecovery is no longer taking bookings for collection and recycling of silage plastics. The
Agrecovery container and chemical programmes are unaffected and continue to grow strongly.

Regional Waste Stocktake

Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils commissioned a Waste Stocktake Report 2013 to help build a comprehensive picture of waste management in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. It provides a snapshot of the current situation, and highlights key gaps and opportunities. This report updates and expands on separate waste stocktake reports conducted for the regions in 2007.

A Rural Waste Analysis Report (7.2MB) has been released by Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Waikato Regional Council.

Love Food Hate Waste

New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food which is thrown uneaten into the rubbish bin. This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country. It also results in 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases.

Regional Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. 

For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit or check out the links below. 

Other organisations in our area working to reduce food waste are Beyond the BinGood Neighbour and Community Fruit Tauranga

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