Food Scraps Collection
Auckland Council wants to divert thousands of tonnes of rukenga kai (food scraps) away from landfill and into something good every year. Rukenga kai will be turned into clean energy and liquid fertiliser.
We want to keep everyone's food scraps out of the rubbish. The best option is to compost at home or at your local Compost Hub. A convenient alternative is to put your food scraps into the Auckland Council bin and they will collect it weekly.
How does it work
Since 2023 Aucklanders have been having a whole new way to turn their rukenga kai (food scraps) into something good. Residents can make better use of their food scraps by placing them in no-fuss kitchen caddies and kerbside bins, ready for collection. Like your other bins, your 23-litre rukenga kai are picked up each week. The food scraps inside are then turned into clean energy and fertiliser to grow more kai.
Let’s support the collection
This is an essential new service designed to drastically reduce more than 110kg of food waste going to landfill from every Aucklander, every year. It’s part of council’s zero waste strategy and, as an organisation that is always passionate about protecting our whenua, Kaipātiki Project is thrilled to partner on this great cause.
Most people care about our environment but many haven’t been able to compost – if this is you, know that by simply using rukenga kai each week, you’ll be on your way to helping remove some 125,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from the atmosphere each year.
If you already compost or Bokashi then this is a smart addition to the good mahi you’re doing. If you support our Love Food Hate Waste principles you’ll find this fits right into that ethos too.