How to Reduce Waste at Home

We can all do many things around our homes to reduce the amount of waste we produce.


Reduce - avoid creating waste

  • Choose products that are recycled, recyclable, repairable, re-usable or refillable

  • Buy quality products that will last, rather than short-life or disposable products

  • Take a zero-waste lunch to work or school – buy in bulk and use reusable containers 

  • Plan your meals and make a list to reduce food waste. See the Love Food Hate Waste website for ideas 

  • Buy products with minimal or no packaging


Before you throw anything away, think whether any part of it could be reused and given another life.

See our A-Z Zero Waste Directory, or other options including: 

  • Donating to local charity shops, schools, hospitals etc.
  • Holding a garage sale or listing your items on local buy and sell Facebook groups, trade me or Freecycle. Keep an eye out for local clothes swaps in Taranaki.


Not sure what to do with different types of waste.

  • See our A-Z Zero Waste Directory for more ideas or
  • Click on your council logo at the bottom of this page to find the recycling guide in your area.

Did you know that around 50% of household rubbish is food waste or garden waste? That's too much - but there are solutions that benefit the environment and your bank balance.

View our A-Z Zero Waste Directory

Find local options for donating, recycling and disposing your items safely and correctly.


Food and Garden Waste

All the food waste and garden waste that we put into our rubbish bags or rubbish bins ends up in the landfill. But there are better alternatives that will save you money.

  • Turn your garden waste, lawn clippings and unavoidable food scraps into compost and make your garden healthy and lush. It's easy and convenient, and doesn’t need to take up much space. For great tips on how to create your own compost visit Composting and Worm Farming to download one of our handy leaflets or pop on over to Mitre 10.
  • Why not start your own veggie patch or worm farm in your back garden. You don't need loads of space and veggie patches are a great way to teach your kids how to grow their own food and learn where is comes from.
  • And what's more you can pop those leftover veggie peelings that you can't use in your compost bin to eventually put back on your veggie patch, closing the loop on food waste and giving back to the earth.
  • It's a win win really, you get to eat yummy home produce and you're helping the planet too!

Want to reduce your food waste and shop smarter? 


Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website

Composting and Worm Farming

These leaflets cover the basics of backyard compost bins, bokashi bins and worm farms. Download the leaflets to have the information at your fingertips in an easy to follow format.