In New Zealand, even littering an invoice you will be find and fined!

Please don’t litter in New Zealand or you’ll be fined! Household garbage is collected once a week!

The purpose of waste sorting is to reduce the harm of landfill waste and improve the efficiency of resource reuse.

New Zealand’s ability to classify waste is related to strict penalties. In fact, in addition to the necessary waste sorting, New Zealand has many special handling requirements for different garbage.

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New Zealand’s ability to classify waste is related to strict penalties. Stanley, general manager of the Auckland City Council, responsible for garbage disposal, said that garbage and waste that were not placed in designated garbage bags were considered “illegally dumped”; during non-garbage collection, any bagged garbage was placed on the street or cardboard, may be prosecuted; throw away construction waste, domestic waste, toxic and harmful items that are difficult to recycle in public places, throw garbage from the window of the moving car, ignore the litter in the trailer, Or if you dump garbage on someone else’s land without permission, you will face a different amount of fine.


The classification of New Zealand’s garbage can roughly divided into two categories!

  • Recyclable (Household garbage)
  • Non-recyclable garbage


In New Zealand, each household has three garbage cans, which are red, green and yellow in color.


  • Green Can: Reuse of organic waste, where plants, animals, food residues are placed here, the garbage is self-fermented, and it is used for the production of organic fertilizers after recycling. Please note: Some slimy foods should be wrapped in newspapers to prevent from sticking to the cans.
  • Yellow Bucket: is used to place clean recyclable waste as shown, old bottles, old newspapers, old magazines, and old plastic bags. Note that the prompt says: Make sure the bottle is cleaned before you put in. Also note that the lids of some bottles are not recyclable and should be placed in a red can. Not all plastics can be recycled, such as polystyrene, as well as general plastic bags and straps, food preservation films. Only food packaging plastic bags are recyclable.
  • Red Can: Other garbage households, except for the garbage placed in the green and yellow buckets, other garbage is put into the red bucket, but also pay attention to the following garbage.

In fact, in addition to the necessary waste sorting, New Zealand has many special handling requirements for different garbage.

    • Garden waste: The Auckland government stipulates that organic matter such as leaves in household garbage cannot exceed 5%, otherwise it will be rejected. They encourage households with gardens to compose garden waste such as leaves, grasses, and branches. If there are too much, the owner of the household needs to spend money to find a garden garbage company to recycle, they can select different sizes of barrels or bags, collection cycles, etc. from the company’s website according to the amount of garbage.
  • Hazardous waste: Specifically refers to items that are flammable, volatile, corrosive, toxic or items that pollute the environment, including paints, rechargeable batteries, gas cans, etc. These items must not be simply thrown, and it is necessary to pay for a special processing company to recycle.
  • E-waste: Refers to items with plugs or batteries. The government advises residents to consider upgrading, repairing, donating, or recycling to the factory rather than treating them as garbage, because it contains some dangerous heavy metals, which can pollute the environment. In addition, other than the large garbage collected by the government, it can also handled by a specialized electronic waste recycling company. Except for a small number of items such as mobile phones, digital cameras, and computers, most of them must be paid.
  • Inorganic waste: Commonly known as “big garbage”, including stoves, lawn mowers, bicycles, carpets, furniture, washing machines, iron pipes, etc. These garbage are collected free of charge by the government. When the “big garbage” on-site recycling service is arranged in the relevant area, the residents will receive a leaflet in advance and make an appointment to the specific collection date by telephone or online. The municipal government will hand over recyclable or repairable items to local charities, societies, or repair and refurbishment, and give or sell to people in need.

If you don’t want to receive a fine ticket in New Zealand, please do a good job of sorting and disposing of garbage!