Zero Waste in Tauranga City (including Mount Maunganui and Papamoa)

Zero Waste in Tauranga City (including Mount Maunganui and Papamoa)

This guide covers Tauranga City (including Mount Maunganui and Papamoa) only. For other parts of the Bay of Plenty, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty homepage.


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Lots of pantry staples – from flours, grains and rice, through to condiments, spices, legumes, nuts, seeds and liquid foods – usually come in single-use packets. These shops stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or operate return & refill systems for their packaging), allowing you to put these goods straight into your own bags, jars, containers and bottles, and skip the packaging!

  • Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mt. Maunganui – stocks a decent range of organic dried goods including grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours, spices and herbs in bulk bins.
  • Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui – a range of unpackaged organic dried goods in bulk bins, such as nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, flours, sugar and coconut.
  • The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui – a packaging-free store that has just about every whole food you could desire (flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices) as well as a few snacks and treats in bulk (like chocolate and potato chips). There are also a wide range of cereals and granolas, nut butter extruders, and even pasta and gluten-free pasta! A great range of liquid foods in bulk too, from oils and vinegars to syrups. Some more unusual finds include balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, coconut nectar, tahini and macadamia oil. They also have a nut butter machine producing almond, cashew and peanut butter on alternate days.
  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa & Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), a range of spices, liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and syrups), sweets and treats, and items essential for zero waste living, such as baking soda, salt and other specialty baking/cooking goods. They also have both peanut and almond butter machines – BYO jar! All Bin Inn around New Zealand stores are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers! NB that of all the shops with bulk bins in this region, you can’t beat Bin Inn Papamoa on range of items available in bulk bins. However, it’s one of the pricier Bin Inn’s we’ve seen in New Zealand. Some items are cheaper from the bulk aisle at PAK’nSAVE over the road.
  • Quality Food and Spices, two locations: 367 Cameron Road, Tauranga; and 18 Gravatt Road, Papamoa Beach – stocks a wide range of dried goods in bulk bins including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
  • Choice Food and Spices, 504 Cameron Road, Tauranga – offers a wide range of unpackaged dried food in bulk, including grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, flours and lots of spices. Also stocks sun-dried tomatoes in their bulk bins, a hard-to-find unpackaged item!
  • Spice World, 757 Cameron Road, Tauranga – a huge range of bulk bins stocking flours, grains, legumes, spices, sugars, herbs, spices, condiments, nuts and dried fruit.
  • Malwa Food and Spices946 Cameron Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
  • Indo Spice World, 145 Chadwick Road, Greerton – extensive range of dried foods unpackaged in bulk bins, including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
  • Spice, Groceries and Dairy, 143 Greerton Road, Tauranga – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
  • Vetro Tauranga, 111 Third Avenue, Tauranga – refills of The Good Oil rapeseed oil available, BYO bottle.
  • Bethlehem Health & Tea Shop, 299c Tauranga West Road, Tauranga – apple cider vinegar refills, BYO bottle.
  • Supermarkets – most supermarkets have bulk bin/pick and mix sections with wholefoods (BYO bags for these). However they’re pretty expensive, often more so than equivalent ingredients in packets (bah!), and often pricier than the bulk bins at organic stores. But look out for when things in the bulk bin aisle in supermarkets are on special because sometimes you can get a good deal!


The following shops sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese, tofu and/or deli foods and will happily put these straight into a BYO container – woohoo!

  • Doug Jarvis Traditional Butcher, two locations: 3/2 Owens Place, Mount Maunganui; and Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa – this butcher is super keen for people to BYO containers – the owner has even actively encouraged this on social media – yay!
  • The Original Aussie Butcher, Gate Pā Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road
  • Blackforest Gourmet Butcher, Gate Pā Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road – get European sausages and cheeses into BYO containers
  • Merivale Butchery, 393 Fraser Road, Tauranga
  • Cherrywood Butchery, 58 Cherrywood Drive, Tauranga – they’re happy to put their products into any container. They told us that some people even bring in a roasting dish on a Saturday to get their roast meat for Sunday without packaging 😉
  • Bethlehem Butchery, 237 Tauranga West Road, Tauranga
  • Col’s Gourmet Selection, 237 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui – great range of meat and meat products available in a BYO container
  • Sanford Seafood Market, 1 Cross Road, Tauranga – good selection of whole and filleted fish, shellfish and other seafood unpackaged – very keen for people to use their own containers.
  • Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market, three locations: 1 Dive Crescent, Tauranga; 213 Chadwick Road, Greerton; and Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa
  • Mag’s Fresh Fish, corner Totara and Rata Streets, Mount Maunganui
  • The F & C, 30 Gravatt Road, Papamoa – a small range of fish fillets unpackaged you can get in your own container.
  • PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauranga; and PAK’nSAVE Papamoa, 42 Domain Road, Papamoa Beach – sells whole fish and prawns in a self-serve area – just BYO container and put them straight in to avoid using the plastic bags provided.
  • MuDan Tearoom & Eatery, 4/100 Grey Street, Tauranga – sells home made tofu! BYO containers
  • Unpackaged live mussels – there are a number of stores in Tauranga that stock unpackaged live mussels at self-serve counters. We put them straight into upcycled ice cream containers/BYO containers rather than the plastic bags the stores usually provide. You can find unpackaged live mussels at Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market, 1 Dive Street, Tauranga; Sanford Seafood Market, 1 Cross Road, Tauranga; PAK’nSAVE Cameron Road, 476 Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Gate Pā, 948 Gate Pā Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Brookfield, 89 Bellevue Road, Tauranga; New World Mount Maunganui, corner Tweed Street and Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauranga; and PAK’nSAVE Papamoa, 42 Domain Road, Papamoa Beach.
  • Gouda Cheese Shop, corner Cameron Road and Sixth Avenue, Tauranga – get many varieties of cheese cut fresh off the round and put straight into your own container.
  • Supermarket delis – Most supermarkets have a deli section offering unpackaged meat, seafood, olives and other antipasti, salads, lunch foods and more. All Countdown, New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets officially allow you to BYO container for these goods!


The following stores bake and sell unpackaged bread and bakery goods (in some of these stores some items might be pre-packed or wrapped in cling film, just avoid those things!). Simply BYO bread bag to put the bread/bakery goods into. Some places will bag up their bread later in the day, so you want to get in there before they do that (i.e. before 1pm).

  • One Tree Bakery, 109 Devonport Road, Tauranga
  • Breadhead, 2a St John Street, Tauranga
  • Pocket Bakery – get their breads and baked goods unpackaged at the Mount Mainstreet Farmers’ MarketPhoenix car park, 141 Maunganui Road.
  • Flaveur Breads, Bakery at 31 Totara Street, Mount Maunganui; Tauranga cafe at 94 Second Avenue, Tauranga – although this store pre-bags their fresh bread in brown paper bags, you can have them take it out and put into your own bag, and they will reuse the paper bag. Make sure you get in early at the Second Ave cafe or else you can only get bread pre-packaged in plastic!
  • Get Mount Sourdough Co breads unpackaged from the following places: their own Factory Outlet, Unit 10/5 York Ave, Mount Maunganui; Col’s Gourmet Selection, 237 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Tay Street Store, 154 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui; Central Deli, 520 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa; Four Square Papamoa, Excelsa Centre, 4 Golden Sands Drive, Papamoa; Four Square Cherrywood, 52 Cherrywood Drive, Tauranga; Delicacy Cafe/Juz Catering, Shop 7, 11th Avenue Shopping Plaza, 11th Avenue, Tauranga; Thy Neighbour Coffee Bar, 45 Grey Street, Tauranga; and Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga.
  • Get local Better Bread loaves unpackaged at Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; and Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui.
  • Gouda Cheese Shop, corner Cameron Road and Sixth Avenue, Tauranga – sells Volare sourdough bread (from Hamilton) unpackaged – BYO bread bag.
  • Baker’s Delight, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; and 2 Owens Place Bayfair, Unit 5.
  • Blomquists Bakery, 1289 Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Loafers Bakery & Lunch Bar, 1297 Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Hot Bread Shop Bakery, 83 Bellevue Road, Tauranga
  • The Artisan Bread Bakers, 3/83 Pyes Pa Road, Tauranga
  • One Tree Bakery, 204 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Grants Mount Maunganui Bakery, 314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Uppercrust Bakery, 504 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa – fresh unpackaged loaves by Hamilton based artisan sourdough bakery, Volare, available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Big Bake Bakery, 18 Gravatt Road, Papamoa Beach.


  • Markets – No two ways about it, if you want a good source of unpackaged (often locally grown) produce, markets are the place to go! At most markets you can meet the grower/producer face-to-face, making them an ideal place to start fruitful conversations about waste-free food, and developing relationships and systems that enable you to get your favourite fruit, vege and preserves without the packaging. Have a chat to see if you can leave containers with the stall holders for them to fill with your desired product for you to pick up from them the following week, or if the stallholder uses glass jars for packaging, ask whether they will take their empty glass jars back for sterilisation and reuse. There are three farmers’ markets to check out in Tauranga – Tauranga Farmers MarketTauranga Primary School, 31 Fifth Ave; Mount Mainstreet Farmers’ MarketPhoenix car park, 141 Maunganui Road; and Oropi Sunday MarketOropi Memorial Hall, 1295 Oropi Road.
  • Co-ops – co-ops can be a great way of getting affordable organics without the packaging. However it’s not always the case that you can bring your own bags and containers for loose goods. Tauranga Co-op is a great option for getting unpackaged organic produce (i.e. fruit and veg and EVEN unpackaged frozen blueberries!!), they’ll also refill tamari sauce, olive oil, butter and cheese into your own containers – yay! At this stage you cannot pack any other wholefoods into your own bags and containers as this is all pre-packed. However, you may be able to ask to drop off your bags/containers beforehand, and when they pack they can pack your order into your bags/containers. Always worth asking!
  • Trade Aid – Trade Aid’s 1.5kg sugar bags are great for upcycling as bulk bin bags and are compostable when they do start to fall apart. Trade Aid’s coconut oil is one of the few on the market that does not have a plastic seal around the lid. You can get these goods at Trade Aid, 3/192 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui. Otherwise, the sugar is sold at Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui.
  • Unpackaged chocolate/truffles/fudge/sweets – a few shops have sweet treats unpackaged that you can have put into your own containers:
    • Silky Oak Chocolates, Piccadilly Arcade, 43 Devonport Road, Tauranga – a range of truffles and fudge.
    • Cabbages and Kings46 Grey Street, Tauranga – chocolate truffles.
    • Point of Difference1344 Cameron Road, Tauranga – truffles and English sweets.
    • Health Haven, 85 Bellevue Road, Tauranga – chocolate coated sweets.
    • Gouda Cheese Shop, corner Cameron Road and Sixth Avenue, Tauranga – licorice
    • The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui –  stocks a wide range of unpackaged sweets and snacks in bulk.


Look out for places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged, and bring your own bag and container to fill. Going direct to coffee roasters is the best option, but you can also look out for bulk dispensers of unpackaged coffee in other stores (which usually have in-store grinders also). Here are the spots we found that offer these options:

  • Excelso Coffee Roasters112 Third Avenue West, Tauranga
  • Fixation Coffee, 10 Dive Crescent, Tauranga
  • Fusion Coffee Roasters141 Totara St, Mt Maunganui
  • The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga
  • Another roaster that we haven’t had a chance to approach and ask if they will accept BYO containers for unpackaged beans (though they probably do) is Little Drum Coffee, 21 Macdonald Street, Mount Maunganui
  • Alternatively, get beans (Trade Aid and Fusion Coffee) whole or ground at Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa.
  • You can get cold brew coffee on tap (!) at Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui


We avoid teabags as most have plastic in them, which we don’t want in our tea or our soil. Using loose leaf tea is an easy way to get around this. The trick is to find somewhere that sells loose leaf tea packaging-free, so you can put the leaves straight into BYO jars/containers! You’ll find loose tea leaves in bulk dispensers at:

  • Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui
  • The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.
  • Wild Herbs, 777 Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Health Shop & Clinic Greerton, 1301 Cameron Road, Tauranga (they usually sell in 100g amounts so make sure you have an appropriate container for this).
  • Look out for Herbal Potential tea, which is available in stockists around Tauranga and Mount Maunganui (see the list of stockists on their website). The tea is packaged in brown paper bags that are home compostable.


Sourcing cow’s milk without the plastic bottles or non-dairy milk without the dreaded Tetra-pak is no mean feat! We’ve found the following options:

  • Milk on tap or from a vending machine – raw milk is available on tap from a vending machine at Walnut Tree Farm, 512 Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga. Simply BYO bottle to fill up, or purchase a reusable glass bottle there that you can then refill on future occasions. Alternatively, you can get Jersey Girl Organics’ milk poured into your own glass bottles (or refillable glass bottles) through the Tauranga Co-op. YAY!
  • Return & Refill glass bottle scheme – Dreamview Creamery sells milk in reusable glass bottles – you can get your hands on them at Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; The Fresh Market/My Green Grocer, Gate Pā Shopping Centre, 1000 Comeron Road, Tauranga; and Col’s Gourmet Selection, 237 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui. How does the system work? The first time you buy a bottle of milk, you pay a little extra to cover the cost of the bottle and to ensure that you return it when you’re done. Return empty bottles to any stockist of the milk, and exchange it for a full bottle for only the price of the milk (or else get your deposit back). The empties are then returned to Dreamview Creamery for sterilisation and reuse – so the bottles just go around and around – true zero waste!
  • Milk Powder – get milk powder unpackaged in bulk at Spice, Groceries and Dairy, 143 Greerton Road, Tauranga; Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; and Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.


Look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. Breweries are awesome, but lots of liquor stores offer this option too! We found beer on tap at:

Also, don’t forget that most liquor stores do ‘swappa crates’ of beer – i.e. crates of twelve 745ml bottles of classic NZ beer (e.g. Lion Red/Brown, Speights, Tui, Export Gold etc.) which can be returned (when the bottles are empty) and are then sent back to the brewery for sterilisation and refill (a better outcome for glass bottles than recycling because reusing the same bottle over and over requires way less energy and resources than recycling).


  • Drinking chocolate – get drinking chocolate and cocoa powder in bulk at Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.
  • Kombucha – locally-made Lucy’s Booch kombucha operates with a bottle return system (bring your empty bottle back and you’ll get a $1 refund, and the bottle will get returned to Lucy’s Booch for sterilisation and refill) – you can get Lucy’s Booch at The Gluten & Allergy Free Shop, 435 Cameron Road, Tauranga. You can also get Organic Mechanic kombucha refills on tap (though you have to use OM bottles) at Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; and other varieties at Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa; and The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui (also do water kefir on tap).


Reusable drinking vessels (cups and water bottles)

Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable water bottles at Little Trooper, corner Willow and Wharf Street  Tauranga; Delicacy Cafe/Juz Catering, Shop 7, 11th Avenue Shopping Plaza, 11th Avenue, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Mainly Gifts, 6 Cherrywood Drive, Tauranga (metal and glass); Cabbages and Kings, 46 Grey Street, Tauranga; Options, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, 19 Bethlehem Road, Tauranga and 130 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui (metal); Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Neche, 187 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui (metal and glass); The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui (metal and glass); Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui (metal); Pohutukawa Gallery, corner Prince Avenue and Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui (metal); Tay Street Store, 154 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui (metal); The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Cosmic, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Paddington Store, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; and Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa (metal and glass).

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups in Tauranga:

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Elizabeth Cafe & Larder, 247 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Mediterraneo Cafe, 62 Devonport Road, Tauranga; Loop Deli, corner Hamilton Street and Cameron Road, Tauranga; Excelso Coffee Roasters, 116 3rd Ave, Tauranga; Fusion Coffee Roasters, 141 Totara St, Mt Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Farmers/Stevens, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Double Teaspoons, Papamoa Plaza, 7 Gravatt Road, Papamoa; and Four14 Espresso, 414 Pyes Pa Road, Tauranga.
  • The NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at Wild Herbs, 777 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Pohutukawa, Princes Road, Mount Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui (& other brands)
  • Havana cups are available at Flaveur Breads Cafe, 94 Second Avenue, Tauranga.
  • The innovative Frank Green cups are sold at Cabbages and Kings, 46 Grey Street, Tauranga; The Gilded Edge162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui
  • You can get glass cups like Joco and Sol at The Nourished Eatery, 114 Willow Street, Tauranga; Paddington Store, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Elizabeth Cafe & Larder, 247 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga; Delicacy Cafe/Juz Catering, Shop 7, 11th Avenue Shopping Plaza, 11th Avenue, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Mainly Gifts, 6 Cherrywood Drive, Tauranga; Fusion Coffee Roasters, 141 Totara St, Mt Maunganui; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; and Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa; Monroes Coffee and Ice Cream, 552 Papamoa Beach Road, Papamoa Beach.
  • Stainless steel cups are sold at Cabbages and Kings, 46 Grey Street, Tauranga; The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; and The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Get ceramic cups with silicone lids at Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Neon Gypsy, 176 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Neche, 187 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; and Tay Street Store, 154 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui.

Reusable lunch boxes/containers

Reusable lunch boxes or containers are great to have on you when you’re out and about in case you want to get takeaways, to carry leftovers home with you, or if you find food to forage. You can get Meals in Steel stainless steel lunchboxes and food containers at Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; and The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui. Get Seed & Sprout stainless steel containers at Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui (as well as cutlery wraps to go with your reusable containers!).

Reusable bags (shopping bags, produce bags and bulk bin bags)

Plastic shopping bags are a menace, but so too are those plastic produce bags for fruit and vege or the plastic bags often offered alongside bulk bins at bulk stores. You can avoid them by bringing your own bags or buying a set of reusable produce bags. You can get 100% organic cotton produce, bulk bin and/or string shopping bags at Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui (as well as bulk bin bags); Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Farmers/Stevens, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Tay Street Store, 154 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui; The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; or just produce bags at Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui and Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa.

Reusable straws

Say “no straw thanks” next time you order a drink out and either use your mouth to drink, or get yourself a reusable straw instead. If you’re keen on a reusable straw, you can get them from Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Gate Pa, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui (metal and glass); Downtown Pharmacy Mount Maunganui, 152 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui (metal and bamboo); Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Cosmic, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa; and Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa.

Alternatives to plastic cling wrap, plastic sandwich bags and tin foil

  • Beeswax wrap
    • Purchase at – Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Gate Pa, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Whimzee Boutique, 128 Chadwick Road, Greerton; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui (including vegan wraps); The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Colony, 153 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; New World Mount Maunganui, corner of Maunganui Road and Tweed Street; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Cosmic, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; and Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.
    • DIY – waaaaay cheaper! You just need natural fibre fabric and unpackaged beeswax! You can get fabric offcuts and fat quarters from Bernina Sewing Centre, corner fifth Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga; and Robyn’s Cottage, 147 Chadwick Road, Tauranga. Locally sourced unpackaged beeswax is available at Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; and Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get Zuperzozial washable paper sandwich bags at The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui. Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui stocks Onya sandwich wraps
  • Silicone pot/bowlcovers – a good option for storing leftovers in a bowl (other than just putting a plate on top!) or as an alternative to tin foil for roasting (as the covers can withstand temperatures of up to 220 degrees and will also keep hot food warm when transporting). You can buy these at Cabbages and Kings46 Grey Street, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Options, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, 19 Bethlehem Road, Tauranga; The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; and @cquisitions, Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa.
  • Silicone freezer bags – reusable bags for freezing meat and other food are available at Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; and Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui – they’re pricey, but will last your lifetime and can replace soft plastics for freezing. 


Refills of cleaning products

The following stores stock liquid and/or powdereed cleaning products in bulk dispensers – BYO bottles/containers to refill!

  • Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga.
  • Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui (Ecostore)
  • The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at  Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; and Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.

Home compostable veggie brushes (which you can use as a handle-less dishbrush) are sold at Delicacy Cafe/Juz Catering, Shop 7, 11th Avenue Shopping Plaza, 11th Avenue, Tauranga; Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa; and Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa.

We also encourage people to move away from using dishclothes, sponges and bench wipes made out of synthetic material (as these leach microfibres and they’re also destined for landfill when they wear down) and to use natural fibre cloths instead:

  • For something more like a traditional dishcloth sponge, check out the 100% cotton + cellulose dishcloth sponges (home compostable at the end of their life) which are available at Delicacy Cafe/Juz Catering, Shop 7, 11th Avenue Shopping Plaza, 11th Avenue, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui
  • Lovely hand-knitted cotton dishcloths (among a wide range of other hand knitted clothes and household items) are sold at Purple Patch, 55 Grey Street, Tauranga.
  • Get Nawrap Japanese natural fibre dishcloths at Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Delicacy Cafe/Juz Catering, Shop 7, 11th Avenue Shopping Plaza, 11th Avenue, Tauranga (wrapped in plastic here); and Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga (wrapped in plastic here).
  • Get 100% hemp & cotton cloths at The Gluten & Allergy Free Shop, 435 Cameron Road, Tauranga.
  • 100% bamboo fibre cloths are sold at Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga.
  • You’ll find an unbranded variety of 100% cotton dishcloths at Supervalue Pyes Pa, 6/83 Pyes Pa Road, Tauranga
  • Fancy Bianca Lorenne 100% cotton cloths are available at Paddington Store, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Cabbages and Kings, 46 Grey Street, Tauranga; Neptunes, 188 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui.
  • You can get coconut fibre scourers, and/or loofah scourers, from Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Farmers/Stevens, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; and Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.

Laundry

  • Eco Planet and Earthwise laundry powders come in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop (or no scoop at all for Earthwise!) – no plastic lining! You can get one or both from PAK’nSAVE Cameron Road, 476 Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Gate Pa, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Brookfield, 89 Bellevue Road, Tauranga; New World Mount Maunganui, corner of Maunganui Road and Tweed Street; and PAK’nSAVE Papamoa, 42 Domain Road, Papamoa Beach.
  • Soapnuts – a natural nut that releases saponin that you can use instead of laundry powder and you can compost when ‘spent’. Available in bulk dispensers at Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa. Or else, look out for Soapnuts NZ soapnuts that come in a cardboard box with no plastic lining. You can get them at Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Get laundry soap bars at Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui 
  • Alternatives to plastic clothes pegs – get bamboo, wooden and/or stainless steel clothes pegs at  Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; New World Gate Pa, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Gourmet Trader, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui or Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Spice World, 757 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Choice Food and Spices, 504 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Quality Food and Spices, 367 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Indo Spice World, 145 Chadwick Road, Greerton; The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; and Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa.
  • White vinegar – available on tap (BYO bottles) at The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – get the Eco-castile brand at Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga. Dr Bronner’s castile bars are available at Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Wild Herbs, 777 Cameron Road; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa; and Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa.


Zero waste teeth and mouth

  • Bamboo toothbrushes – a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes because they have wooden, home compostable handles (though bristles are still plastic and need to be removed from the handle and put in a rubbish bin). You can find bamboo toothbrushes at The Gluten & Allergy Free Shop, 435 Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Gate Pa, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga; New World Brookfield, 89 Bellevue Road, Tauranga; Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Four Square Cherrywood, 52 Cherrywood Drive, Tauranga; PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauranga; Bethlehem Health & Tea Shop, 299c Tauranga West Road, Tauranga; Flux Boutique, 277 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Mount Pharmacy, 132 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Downtown Pharmacy Mount Maunganui, 152 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; New World Mount Maunganui, corner of Maunganui Road and Tweed Street; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa; Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa; My Pharmacy, Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa; or horrendously expensive ones at Paper Plane, 99 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui.
  • Dental Floss – Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; and Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui both stock The Eco Floss in a glass dispenser. The floss is PLA, which is compostable. Sometimes PLA can’t be hard to break down in a home compost but in floss form it is probably OK. This is a good alternative for vegans who may not want to use silk floss.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

It’s easy to get soap without packaging in Tauranga. The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

  • Complete Health, Gate Pā Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Paddington Store, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Whisp, Piccadilly Arcade, 43 Devonport Road, Tauranga
  • Tres Chic, 80 Grey Street, Tauranga
  • Simply Gifts, 108 Devonport Road, Tauranga
  • Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga
  • Bethlehem Health & Tea Shop, 299c Tauranga West Road, Tauranga
  • Whimzee Boutique, 128 Chadwick Road, Greerton
  • Neptunes, 188 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui
  • Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui 
  • Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui
  • The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa
  • Delectable Collectables, 34 Gravatt Road, Papamoa
  • My Pharmacy, Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa

Bars for Shampoo/Shaving/Deodorant/Moisturiser

We’d encourage you to get your everyday toiletries – from shampoo through to shaving soap – in bar form, which means you totally avoid the plastic/aluminium bottles that liquid products usually come in!

  • A couple of places stock the popular Ethique range which includes shampoo bars, conditioner bars, shaving bars, deodorant bars, moisturiser bars, etc. (all of Ethique‘s bars come in home compostable packaging): Wild Herbs, 777 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga; Unichem Metro Pharmacy, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, 19 Bethlehem Road, Tauranga; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Farmers/Stevens, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; Unichem Papamoa Pharmacy, 26 Gravatt Road, Papamoa; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa; and Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa.
  • The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui – do their own brand of shampoo and shaving bars.
  • Get Fair + Square toiletries bars at Paddington Store, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui; and Neon Gypsy, 176 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui.
  • Get the Blue Earth range of soap bars at Wild Herbs, 777 Cameron Road, Tauranga; The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; and Cosmic, Bayfair Shopping Centre, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Neche, 187 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui – stocks Wouldn’t Know ’em from a Bar of Soap Co shaving and activated charcoal facial cleansing bars.
  • Good Cube toiletries bars are stocked at Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui
  • Get Simple Naked Soap shampoo bars in cotton bags from Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga.
  • Find Forage shampoo, conditioner and shaving bars at The Gluten & Allergy Free Shop, 435 Cameron Road, Tauranga.
  • Get Ahhh shampoo and conditioner bars at most New World supermarkets
  • Find various brands of deodorant, moisturiser, lip balm, dry shampoo and more that come in home compostable cardboard tubes at Colony, 153 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; New World Mount Maunganui, corner of Maunganui Road and Tweed Street; and Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui.

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads.

  • Menstrual cups are readily available around Tauranga, including at Life Pharmacy, 53 Devonport Road, Tauranga; New World Gate Pa, Gate Pa Shopping Centre, 1000 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Unichem John’s Photo Pharmacy, corner of Second Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga; Health Haven, 85 Bellevue Road, Tauranga; New World Brookfield, 89 Bellevue Road, Tauranga; Unichem Cherrywood Pharmacy, 50 Cherrywood Drive, Tauranga; PAK’nSAVE Tauriko, 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauranga; The Crossing Pharmacy, 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauranga; Bethlehem Health & Tea Shop, 299c Tauranga West Road, Tauranga; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Health 2000, 194 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; New World Mount Maunganui, corner of Maunganui Road and Tweed Street; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa; Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa; and My Pharmacy, Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa.
  • Reusable pads – available at Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Road, Fashion Island, Papamoa.

Shaving

Avoid plastic shavers that are designed to be disposable and go for 100% metal razors that will last you decades and only require the 100% metal and recyclable blades to be replaced (or sharpened with a leather strop!), and remember to use a bar of shaving soap instead of shaving foam that comes in an aerosol can (see above) – note, you’ll need a shaving brush to make this work. You can buy razors and replacement blades from Barbershop Co, 79 Devonport Road, Tauranga; Bay Barbers, Piccadilly Arcade, 43 Devonport Road, Tauranga; Greerton Barber/Jim Keown Barber, 1320 Cameron Road, Tauranga (as well as shaving brushes here); Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Paper Plane, 100 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui (blades are plastic wrapped); The Gilded Edge, 162 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui; and Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui. You can get unpackaged shaving brushes from Cabbages and Kings, 46 Grey Street, Tauranga; and Paper Plane, 99 Maunganui Road, Mt. Maunganui (with shaving soap bars).

Liquid toiletries on tap

The following stores stock liquid toiletries in bulk dispensers for refills – BYO bottles!

  • Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga
  • Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui stocks Ecostore liquid bathroom products on tap (just BYO bottles!)

Ingredients for DIY cosmetics/toiletries

  • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant. You can get it unpackaged in bulk bins from Spice World, Cameron Road, Tauranga; Choice Food and Spices, 504 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Quality Food and Spices367 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Indo Spice World, 145 Chadwick Road, Greerton; Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; and The Source Bulk Foods, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Shop 1019, 19 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui
  • Epsom salts – get these into your own bags/containers through the Tauranga Co-op.

Other

  • Cotton Buds – get bamboo home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from The Gluten & Allergy Free Shop, 435 Cameron Road, Tauranga; Bin Inn Bethlehem, Shop H7, Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Bethlehem, Tauranga; Mount Pharmacy, 132 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui; Be Organics, 6 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui; Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui; Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa; and Plum Organics, 22 Gravatt Road, Papamoa.
  • Toilet Paper – get Greencane and Smartass toilet paper (both of which are wrapped in home compostable packaging) at Huckleberry, 35 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui (also Bambaloo TP); get just Greencane at Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa. Also, EarthSmart toilet paper wrapped in a paper packet is sold at most supermarkets
  • Medicinal ingredients – Health Shop & Clinic Greerton, 1301 Cameron Road, Tauranga stocks a few things like vitamin C powder and bee pollen which could possibly be put into your own jar/container, you just have to arrange with them when they are packing those items.


Reuse and Recycle

  • Regional Waste and Recycling Directory – the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has an excellent, user friendly waste and recycling directory on their website. So if you’ve got a hard to recycle item or material, see if you can find a place to recycle it here.
  • Food waste and composting – food waste in a bin gets sent to landfill where it breaks down anaerobically, producing methane (a potent greenhouse gas). No! Here are some alternatives:
    • Home composting/worm farms/bokashi – Having a composting, worm farm or bokashi bin system at home is the best and cheapest way to deal with your food scraps. If you’d like help setting one up or working out what the best system would be for you, Tauranga City Council runs worm farm workshops (and attendees get a free worm bin to take home!). You could also consider linking up with your local community garden (see below); a great way to pick up some composting skills.
    • Why Waste – Why Waste leases worm farms to businesses and households at a monthly rate. With this service, the customer not only gets a worm farm on their property for their organic waste, but a vermicompost expert from Why Waste will come and look after it for you regularly – hassle free! What a great idea and it means that, rather than someone taking the organic waste ‘away’ for you, the business or household deals with this waste themselves, on their property – magic!
    • Dropping off your food scraps somewhere – If you’d like to break the food down yourself but haven’t got a garden to put into, check if you can drop food scraps off at the compost bin in your local community garden. Alternatively, if you’re struggling to set up a system in your own home, OR if you have space in your compost for others, check out Sharewaste, New Zealand’s nationwide website linking up people with composts with those who don’t!
    • Edible business food waste – food that is still edible that goes to waste is a crying shame. Good Neighbour runs an excellent food rescue programme across Tauranga, rescuing food from businesses that is not good enough to sell, but is still good enough to eat, and redistributing it to social justice organisations who can pass it on to people who need it most.
  • Garden waste/green waste – accepted at the Te Maunga transfer station in Mount Maunganui for a charge. Find more information here.
  • E-waste – electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, with huge environmental implications because of the toxins that can be leached from this waste, but also the loss of incredibly precious resources embedded in these items that are not recovered when the waste is dumped in landfill. Rather than throwing you broken electronics out – have you considered trying to get them repaired first? You could pay someone to do it or look out for Repair or Fix-it Cafes where experts donate their time to fix people’s broken items for free at a designated repair event (usually run by community centres, churches or councils). If your electronics really have given up the ghost, rather than chucking them out, take them to be recycled responsibly. The two transfer stations in the district (at Maleme Street in Greerton and at Te Maunga in Mount Maunganui) accept whiteware for recycling, check out the list here. Most are free to recycle but some, such as fridges and freezers, attract a charge. Your best option for e-recycling of computers and other e-waste is Computer Recyclers, 49 Turrett Road, Tauranga, or Information Technology Solutions. Tauranga City Council also partners with RE:MOBILE, a mobile phone recycling project, and has drop-off points across the city, including at the Council’s Willow Street service centre, either of the resource recovery parks at Te Maunga or Maleme Street, and cardboard collection boxes at public libraries in the city centre, Greerton, Papamoa or Mount Maunganui.
  • Scrap metal – there are many scrap metal dealers around Tauranga and Mount Maunganui who accept any quantity of scrap metal (big and small) from residents and industry (will buy the scrap metal off you), including Metal Man Recyclers, 6 Koromiko Street, Tauranga; Scrapman, 37 Maleme Street, Tauranga; Mount Metal Recyclers, 35 Maru Street, Mt. Maunganui; and Metalco Recyclers, 26 Aerodrome Road, Mt Maunganui.
  • Secondhand materials – apart from one of the many opshops in Tauranga, check out the Doing Good Foundation Charity Shop, 321 Fraser Street, Tauranga for a good selection of building/construction materials for renovations.

Zero Waste Information and Support Networks

  • Tauranga Zero Wasters – a closed Facebook group for Tauranga locals to share, seek and advocate for waste reduction ideas in the city. A great place to find out about Tauranga specific options and initiatives that can help the community to produce less waste. Much like the nationwide Facebook group Zero Waste in NZ!, only localised – its great to see more and more of these local networks emerging!
  • Para Kore – Para Kore is an amazing organisation working with marae, kura and Māori institutions and businesses to transition towards zero waste. Their resources/services are free and their regional kaiārahi are totally fabulous. Para Kore’s Kaiārahi for Tauranga will be announced soon, so watch this space… 🙂
  • Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST) – though operating across the country, EERST’s base is in Tauranga (for which Tauranga should be very proud!). EERST leads the way in providing education to schools, communities and businesses on topics that relate to earth savvy resource usage and waste minimisation. They run a whole host of zero waste programmes and are the creators of the amazing and very popular Paper4Trees project. If your business, school or community group would like to upskill in the areas of zero waste and waste minimisation, getting in touch with EERST would be an excellent place to start!
  • Waste Watchers Ltd – Does your school, business, or workplace need expert, logistical help minimising waste? If yes, get in touch with Waste Watchers Ltd, who offer a whole range of services to “Slim your Bin!” Run by the legendary Marty Hoffart.

Share and Exchange

  • Toy Libraries – reduce the wasteful over-consumption of toys and save money by joining a toy library! Check out this guide to find the nearest Toy Library to you.
  • Crop Swap – At a crop swap, individuals who have veges or seedlings they’ve grown, preserves or baking they’ve made (or similar), or even home-made knitting/crochet (etc.) crafts (anything made or grown by your hands), come together once a fortnight or once a month, to trade their offerings without any money changing hands – all free! Just bring something to share and let the swapping begin! Trading homegrown or home created goodies with friends and locals means you can avoid all that packaging that often comes with a store setting. You can also have friendly chats about how to share goods without the waste. There are crop swaps around Tauranga (keep an eye out for new ones popping up), including this one on the fourth Saturday of each month, from 2pm-3pm. Yay!
  • Sharing Sheds/Community Fruit and Veg Stands – these are stands/shelves in the community where anyone can drop off excess fruit and veg from their garden, and anyone is free to take what’s there, free of charge. The wonderful art of sharing means that excess produce doesn’t go to waste. Furthermore, items can be shared without excessive amounts of packaging. These are popping up around the country. There’s a great wee shelf in Matua, on Percival Avenue.

Skills and Resourcefulness in Communities

  • Community gardens/urban planting – community gardens are an excellent way for residents to get kai without packaging, and to learn skills of growing food and setting up composts – both very useful skills for low-waste living. There are some great community gardens around Tauranga and Mount Maunganui – many run by Good Neighbour through their Let’s Get Growing! programme where you can rent a raised garden bed for your use for $20 a month. Community gardens are always looking for volunteers to help out and come along to working bees, so if you are interested in picking up gardening skills, or if you are already a keen gardener and would like to have the opportunity to share your skill with others, consider getting involved with your local community garden.
  • Menzshed – there are Menzsheds throughout the Bay of Plenty, the closest being in Mount Maunganui. Menzshed provides a great opportunity for men of all ages to share tools and a workspace (reducing the wasteful overduplication of these resources) and to pass on skills of woodworking and other trades. Menzsheds frequently offer communities the service of repairing broken items like furniture (at a small cost), work with upcycled material that might otherwise go to waste, and also create bespoke items for community and charitable purposes. Definitely look up your local!
  • Boomerang Bags Tauranga – joining a group that is sewing reusable bags to give out to the community is a great way to learn to sew while helping to reduce plastic bag consumption and these groups are always looking for volunteers (regardless of whether or not you have prior sewing knowledge). Boomerang Bags does this and has taken New Zealand by storm, and there’s a really vibrant Boomerang Bags group in Tauranga that runs sewing bees regularly across the city!
  • Envirohub Bay of Plenty  – Envirohub runs and helps to support a range of workshops and projects, many of which are relevant to waste reduction and low-waste living, all across the Bay of Plenty (though their head office is in Tauranga). So keep your eyes on their website for updates about events and goings-on around you 😀 They also run the Zero Single-use Plastic campaign, a programme that businesses can sign-up to if they wish to pledge to reduce single-use plastics, and Envirohub will offer them support, advice and information on changes they can make.



4 thoughts on “Zero Waste in Tauranga City (including Mount Maunganui and Papamoa)”

  • Hi there, a fabulous and comprehensive list of resources, “go to’s” and links. Could we be added? I am involved with 4 organisational ‘hats’; EERST, Paper4trees sells bags made from reused products (seat belts, advertising banners and billboard signs). Keep Tauranga Beautiful (also run by EERST, the not for profit charitable trust). Waste Education NZ LTD – waste minimisation education in schools (Yr1-8) and community education nationwide with workbooks/resources in both english and te reo. Waste Watchers LTD – business waste minimisation consultancy.

    • kia ora kim – of course! Sorry for missing you off!! We will make these updates asap 🙂 Thanks for keeping us up to date 🙂

  • Just to let you know that the Tauranga Co Op now sell unpackaged milk from Jersey Girl. We can dispense it onto your own bottles that we sterilise beforehand. We also sell glass milk bottles that you can purchase for our set up teams to fill for you. You can then return your bottle the following week for refills.
    Dry goods that we do put onto your own containers:
    Tamari sauce
    Epsom salts
    Olive oil
    Butter and cheese

    • Awesome!! Thank you for this heads up, we’ll update the guide to reflect this – great news 🙂

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