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Community workshops

We support and promote community programmes that help Tauranga send less waste to landfill.

Waste Free Parenting, Waste Free Living and Food Lovers Masterclass workshops

The “Nappy Lady” presents three 2.5 hour workshops. Waste free living focuses on reduction throughout the home, with a free pack to get you started as soon as you get home! Food Lovers focuses on reducing and storing food waste. Waste free parenting covers cloth nappy options, with a free nappy pack!

These workshops all have a minimal ticket charge of $25 with the remainder covered by Tauranga City Council.

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Love Food Hate Waste

Tauranga City Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to inspire and enable people to waste less food.  For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit the Love Food Hate Waste website

Our food waste problem

Household Worm Composting

Keen to learn the basics of worm composting and start one up in your household? Council runs subsidised workshops to educate residents on how to start a worm farm. By attending the workshop participants receive a worm bin, worms, lime and compost for a nominal fee.

Worm Composting Workshops run as per demand and you must be a Tauranga resident to attend. To register your interest to attend a workshop please email sustainability.waste@tauranga.govt.nz with your contact details and we will notify you when the next workshop is available. 

For general information on composting and worm farming you can click the link below.

More information on general composting


Tauranga City Council is partnering with RE:MOBILE, a recycling programme that provides New Zealanders with a thoughtful and environmentally friendly disposal option for their unwanted mobile handsets and accessories. Part of the profits go to charity.

Collected phones are either sent overseas to be sold and reused (if they’re working), or they’re taken apart and recycled in Japan. Batteries, chargers and accessories are sent for breakdown both in NZ and overseas, and component materials are recovered and reused. A few tips: remove the SIM and memory cards first. Batteries can remain in the handset. All phones will be wiped before being assessed for suitability for reuse or recycling. Visit www.remobile.org.nz for more information.

Collection bins are available at Council’s Willow Street service centre and either of our resource recovery parks at Te Maunga or Maleme Street; also via cardboard collection boxes at our libraries in the city centre, Greerton, Papamoa or the Mount.

Last Reviewed: 19/03/2021

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