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Recycling and repurposing

There are 12 community recycling centres across the region. Many of them accept most types of waste. Look up your local recycling centre to find out what items they take. Some centres charge a fee for particular items, so check first.

Your local op shop will take items that are in good condition or you can make a bit of extra cash by selling good-quality items on TradeMe or Facebook Marketplace.

If you’re unsure of whether an item can be recycled see “How to get rid of unwanted items.” You can also book an inorganic pick-up  Look up your next collection date and book a pick-up. Check the rules beforehand.

Repurpose items where possible. Old T-shirts and towels can be cut up and used as cleaning rags, and large plastic containers or buckets can be turned into planters for growing herbs or veges – just drill some drainage holes in the bottom. Save old socks or odd socks to use for cleaning blinds or polishing shoes.

Local boards run repair cafes, where expert volunteers will help you repair things like clothing, bikes and even electronics. Check out OurAuckland for details of an upcoming event near you.

NB: This is a summary of a recent article in Our Auckland.

Image: Auckland Council