Auckland Rubbish Tips

Auckland Rubbish Tips – how to use the rubbish dump

Did you know that you can take certain items to your local council rubbish dump and not be charged for them? Many things people may think is rubbish or waste can be recycled. Auckland rubbish dumps can make money from your recycled rubbish, which helps to cover some of the council’s costs of managing the dump, so it’s win-win.

We often see people mixing their rubbish with recyclables and paying much more than necessary in tip fees. Separating the rubbish from recyclables before you get to the dump may take only a matter of minutes and save you a significant amount of the dumping fee.

Henderson transfer station in Auckland, where we conducted our survey, have been doing a great job trying to inform customers, but often people aren’t aware of the recycling options until they arrive, and by then it’s too late. We have heard of Auckland rubbish removal companies saving thousands of dollars by doing this and there’s no reason why Auckland residents can’t do the same.

Things that are accepted at the Henderson dump free of charge


Old washing machines, fridges, microwaves, irons, chairs, lamps, car parts – pretty much anything containing any kind of metal – get recycled by metal recyclers throughout Auckland.


Books, cardboard, paper, newspapers. These get recycled and reused again through companies like Paper Reclaim.


Even certain furniture in reasonable condition may be sold through the dump’s onsite shop. They will assess whether it’s saleable and in many cases take it off your hands without charging a fee to dump it.


Glass bottles, including beer and wine bottles.

A quick guide on how to save yourself some cash when visiting the Auckland rubbish dump

  1. When you enter the rubbish tip with your car, truck or trailer, you will first drive on to a weigh bridge. Tell the person at the window that you wish to drop off your recyclables first. You will then be directed to an area to off-load your metal, cardboard, bottles, etc.
  2. Once you have done this you will be directed on to an exiting weigh bridge and you will be given a docket telling you how much your recyclables weighed, for your records only, which will have no charge on it.
  3. You then drive back around on to the first weigh bridge to get weighed again and then drop off your rubbish. When exiting the transfer station you pay only for the rubbish tipped.
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