Minimising waste in your business

There is no Council curbside collection in the East Tamaki business precinct, so many recycleables get thrown in the bin with organic waste and ultimately end up in landfill. Separating your recycleables and reducing waste to landfill can save you $$$$, and we have a responsibility as a business community to make socially conscious waste management decisions. We are committed to assisting you in this process.


In 2014 with funding from Auckland Council's Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund, we undertook a feasibility study into waste minimisation in East Tamaki. Download a copy of the Feasibility Report here.

Since then we have introduced a number of initiatives and resources to assist local businesses to minimise waste to landfill. These include educational forums, annual pallet collections and recycling initiatives below.

FREE Waste Advisory Service 

GETBA has received funding from Auckland Council's Waste Minimisation Fund to propvide a site-specific waste minimisation advisory service during 2019. We have contracted Wilkinson Environmental Ltd to deliver the service.

If your business in East Tamaki has significant waste streams contact GETBA's Operations Manager Karen Hadley to arrange a free site visit/waste assessment.

Pallet Collection/Recycling

Thanks to the 60 local businesses that participated in the November 2018 free pallet collection and recycling which resulted in a total of 90 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill to recycling.

Roughly 419.5 tonnes has been diverted from landfill since we began in 2014.

Pass it on - finding a new life for used items


This web facility enables GETBA members to submit unsaleable items, seconds, used electronic equipment or appliances, useful manufacturing by-products, or any other items that are clogging up your business place! If you have a storage room in your business that’s getting filled with stuff you’ll never use again, or you’re sick of seeing useful by-products being discarded from the production line, check out the ‘Pass it on’ page.


East Tamaki Recycling Directory 

This comprehensive directory provides information on what materials can be recycled, where to recycle them, and who to contact. (currently unavailable while under maintence)


Love Food Hate Waste

The government has launched an initiative to tackle the problem of more than 100,000 tonnes of food being wasted every year. Waste industry body WasteMINZ has partnered with 59 councils in the $1 million project to educate New Zealanders on ways to reduce the amount of food being sent to landfill each year.

The campaign is about changing attitudes and getting people to think about reducing food waste in the same way recycling has become the norm over the past generation.

Food waste sent into a landfill creates methane gas that is 23 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. This contributes greatly to the greenhouse effect and climate change. 

Try Ecobags plastic free Compostible Bin Liners

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Other useful resources

Waste Minimisation Act

> Auckland Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018

Resource efficiency in building and related industries

Guide to sustainable business practices

Sustainable Business Network

Sustainable Business Council

> National Waste Exchange

> National Waste Disposal and Recycling Directory

> Zero Waste NZ

> Waste Minz