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Rubbish collection in Auckland CBD


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If you live in the designated boundaries of the CBD, your rubbish can be collected every day. This is the area around Queen Street, Karangahape Road, Albert Street and Queen Street.

Auckland CBD boundary map here

Each rated property in this area is entitled to 104 official red rubbish bags and 156 official clear recycling bags each year.  These are delivered every six months and are included in the rates. You cannot get a rates refund if you choose not to use the service.

The delivery for the period March – August has been made. If you did not get any official bags contact the Council on the number below (if you are a tenant, check with your landlord first):
Ph: 09 301 0101.

Delivery bags must be signed for so you must be home when they arrive. Otherwise you can collect them personally. Council will advise a place to go to near you.

Rubbish and recycling should be put out between 5-5.30pm Monday – Saturday and between midnight – 4am every day. There are 13 collections a week. Rubbish put out in unofficial bags will be considered illegal dumping a fine could result.

If you use up your allocation of bags before the next bag distribution date, you can buy more from the front desk at Auckland Council, 1 Greys Avenue.

Cost is $6.95 for a pack of two rubbish and three recycling bags. You can also buy packs from inner city Starmart stores. They may not be on display so you might have to ask at the counter. Council cannot guarantee they will be sold at the recommended price. Stores are at:

  • 155 Queen Street
  • 170-174 Queen Street
  • 222 Queen Street
  • 324 Queen Street
  • 4 Fort Street
  • 27-35 Victoria Street West
  • 137 Quay Street

The official red rubbish bag is for ‘domestic type’ rubbish only, from the staff kitchen and rest areas etc. It does not include food scraps related to your business if you own a café, restaurant, sandwich bar etc. The disposal of food and kitchen scraps in this instance is your responsibility, not the Council’s.

Do not put garden rubbish, hazardous materials such as paints, batteries, cleaners and garden chemicals or trade waste liquids in your recycle or rubbish bag.

You can put in glass, aluminium and steel cans and any plastic that shows the three-arrowed logo with a number from 1 – 7.

What plastics can be recycled

Hazardous waste can be disposed of via the HazMobile.

HazMobile schedule

For more Auckland Council information visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Source: Auckland Council.

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