17 October 2022

Have you noticed something missing in our food court?

Rubbish bins.

That’s right – you can now treat our food court like your favourite restaurants. Relax, knowing your rubbish is being cleared and sorted to ensure we recycle as much as possible and reduce the waste going to landfill.

Aotearoa New Zealand generates more than 17 million tonnes of waste each year. Of that, almost 13 million tonnes go to landfill – that means almost 76% of the material we use is completely wasted.

Of that waste, food and plastic are the fourth and fifth largest sources of waste going to Class1 landfills (those accepting household and other wastes), respectively.

Food accounts for 9% of waste and plastic follows at 8.3%.

At Kiwi Property, we are committed to taking the steps today to create a brighter future for the generations of tomorrow.



As part of our Sustainability Strategy, we have an ambition to create places that promote wellbeing and have a positive impact on the environment.

Within that, we have a target of net zero operational waste to landfill by 2050. Already, we have reduced our operational waste by 24% since 2012.

On top of this, we are actively working to improve waste management – not only recycling all that we can, but doing so correctly.

When non-recyclable materials are disposed of in recycling bins, the recyclables must be sorted from the non-recyclables – a job costing councils millions of dollars.

In Auckland City alone, 19,000 tonnes of recycling (15% of all recycling) had to be redirected to landfill between April 2021 and April 2022.

Plastic bags, nappies, coffee cups, fabric, wet wipes and dirty containers are among the most common culprits hiding among recycling and every month, amounting to thousands of tonnes of waste being diverted to landfills.

Every little bit we can do to correctly sort recycling helps.



Beyond the food court, our loading dock has been revamped to look and feel more like recycling station rather than a rubbish dump.

Large recycling bins are clearly labelled and colour coded to differentiate different materials. Plastic, bottles/cans etc., food, oil, paper, cardboard and coffee grinds each have their own bin, creating a culture of accountability in our centres.

Our retailers are encouraged to use clear rubbish bags to give better visibility of what is being disposed of and where.

We also encourage you to join us in reducing waste and correctly sorting your recycling at home. To help, we’ve outlined the different materials that you can put in your recycling bin*:


  • Glass bottles and glass jars
  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans, including empty aerosols
  • Plastic bottles from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry
  • Clear plastic food containers
  • Pizza boxes (remove any leftover food)
  • Newspapers, magazines, advertising mail and envelopes
  • Paper and cardboard packaging
  • Egg cartons
  • Milk and juice cartons, including Tetra Pak ® cartons (except on Great Barrier Island)


If you live on Great Barrier Island, you need to bundle, bag and place these items next to your crate:

  • Newspapers, magazines, advertising mail and envelopes
  • Paper and cardboard packaging
  • Egg cartons


* Source: Auckland Council.

For more recycling tips, check out Auckland Council’s Recycling made easy guide: