Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty

Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty

Living without a rubbish bin is certainly possible in the Bay of Plenty. We were quite surprised by how many options there were for getting essentials without packaging, particularly around Tauranga City District. As an example, one of the signs of a zero waste friendly area is accessibility to packaging-free milk (i.e. vending machines), and this is available throughout Tauranga. Overall we were excited and heartened by the waste-free shopping in the Bay of Plenty region, and hope that you feel so too!

We are currently in the process of updating this guide to be more user-friendly, with sections broken down into districts. You can find the newly updated sections here:

At present, you can still find the older version of the guide for Western Bay of Plenty District, including Katikati, Papamoa and Te Puke, but keep checking back as this will soon be updated too!

No doubt we will have missed some stores or items that should be on here. If this is the case, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us (or leave a comment at the end of the guide, below) and we will endeavour to update the guide as soon as possible.

 Western Bay of Plenty District (including Papamoa, Katikati and Te Puke)

Food options (i.e. stores that offer loose items which you can put, unpackaged, into your own BYO bags/containers)

  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa – 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 a peanut butter machine and coffee beans with on-site grinder. Furthermore, they stock Trade Aid chocolate bars, which come in home compostable wrappers. All Bin Inn around New Zealand stores are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Indo Spice World, 163 Jellicoe St, Te Puke – stocks a wide range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
  • Khyber Food & Spices, 27 Jellicoe St, Te Puke – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
  • Much More, 108 Jellicoe St, Te Puke – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
  • Vege & Spices, 38 Main Road, Katikati – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts and seeds.
  • Spice Traders, 1 Main Road, Katikati – stocks a wide range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours, some zero waste essential items like baking soda, and a couple of vinegars in bulk. You may need to spend a bit of time here to get around the slightly random layout!

Drink options

  • Coffee – Head straight to your local roasters with your own bags or containers for beans or coffee (you’ll just have to ask them if they don’t mind putting their grinds straight into BYO bags/containers). Alternatively, get beans ground at Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa.
  • Tea – Herbal Potential tea, which is packaged in home compostable brown paper bags, can be bought at Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa.

Cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.
  • Spice Traders, 1 Main Road, Katikati – stocks laundry/cleaning powders in bulk bins.

Bathroom products

  • Bin Inn Papamoa, 30 F Gravatt Rd, Fashion Island, Papamoa – sells unpackaged bars of soap, bamboo toothbrushes and earbuds, and Greencane toilet paper (which comes in a home compostable wrapper).

Tricky Things

  • 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 (including e-waste and whiteware), find a place to recycle it here.
  • Why Waste – a commercial composting solution for organic waste. Why Waste runs two separate services for businesses and households: businesses’ waste is collected and taken to a dedicated, commercial hot composting facility that can break down most organic/biodegradable items. For households, Why Waste leases (and sells) worm farms to remain on the customer’s property, so that individuals have a stake in the proper disposal of their organic waste, and learn how to use a worm farm. Leo from Why Waste will come over to check in and provide maintenance every fortnight, but day-to-day it is the leaseholder’s responsibility.
  • Green waste/Garden waste – accepted for a charge at Katikati Recycling Centre, corner of Tetley and Wills Roads, and Te Puke Recycling Centre, 36 Station Road.


5 thoughts on “Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty”

    • Kia ora Sue – depends whereabouts you live in the Bay of Plenty? under the “drinks” section of the shopping guide we have listed the places that sell milk from vending machines where you can use refillable glass bottles. We saw these in Tauranga (cameron road), Mount Maunganui (at one of the butchers in town), and in Welcome Bay. We have not heard of other milk vending machines in the area, though there may be. otherwise, if you live rurally, it’d be a matter of finding a local farmer who has some cows and asking if you can get milk direct from them. if none of these options are available in your area, and if you really want to reduce waste associated with milk, it might be a matter of just reducing how much milk you buy each week (say, going down from two plastic bottles, to one plastic bottle, or whatever).

  • Whakatane – Simply Handmade@the Red Barn is a little shop outside Whakatane on the coastal road to Tauranga. They carry locally made eco-cloths (made of organic cotton) and beeswax wraps. They also have some great up cycled items that perfect for gifts – blanket capes, garden art, mosaics, doggie jerseys, bird feeders. Worth a stop.

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