Second Bite Food Scraps Collection

Slice your food waste. Share the goodness.

Second Bite is a food scraps collection service for West Auckland businesses that cuts your waste, shreds your carbon footprint, and gives back to the community. The food scraps from businesses go to school and community gardens so they can feed the soil, grow more food, and support food growing education.

As of early 2024, we’re in a pilot phase and are serving members of the Rosebank Business Association.

How it works

  1. Get in touch. Touch base so we can chat and create a plan. If you like what you see, sign up to become part of a pioneering business community taking environmental action.
  2. Get your food scraps bin. We’ll drop off a bin that matches your needs, whether you’ve got a small kitchen or large factory.
  3. Train your team. Receive a free, customised waste training session, so your team is ready to make a difference.
  4. Fill a bin and swap it. Sign up for a regular collection, or contact us to get your full bin swapped for a fresh run on our next run. The scraps from your bin will head straight to the gardens.

Why it’s so good

In just nine months from October 2023 – June 2024, our pilot programme has returned 15,573kg of compostable food waste to the soil.

Instead of sending food scraps to landfill where they’ll produce methane as they break down, or trucking them to an industrial composting facility miles away, they’ll stay in West Auckland to grow food and capture more carbon.

Your contribution means the local community will receive the nutrients needed to make rich compost. We’ll send you project updates and a record of how much you divert from landfill, so you have the stats and photos to share your story.


Are you looking for a low carbon food scraps composting solution for your West Auckland business?

Do you represent a business or business association in the West Auckland that could benefit from a collection service?

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Participating gardens

Hope Teaching Garden

On New Lynn’s Riverbank Road at the edge of the Whau River is a thriving teaching garden. It is dedicated to growing food, providing opportunities to learn and share skills, and supporting the health and wellbeing of the community. Run by EcoMatters.

Fruitvale School

Based in New Lynn, this school garden and composting hub processes food waste from the school and supports a Garden to Table education programme. Run by Fruitvale School in
partnership with Doughnut Economics Advocates New Zealand (DEANZ).

Rangeview Intermediate

Located on Te Atatū Peninsula, this garden and community composting hub supports food growing education and waste diversion for the school and wider community. Run by Rangeview Intermediate School in partnership with Doughnut Economics Advocates New
Zealand (DEANZ).

As collections increase in volume, more community and school gardens will be enlisted as composting hubs.

Contributing businesses

Ngā mihi to our contributing RBA businesses – Alstef Group, Apex Valves, Bidfresh, C-tech, Mulcahy Engineering, and Southern Spars.

Kia ora and thank you

This pilot programme has been developed in partnership with the Rosebank Business Association, and with support from the Auckland Council Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund.