Nothing keeps a conscientious consumer awake at night like a used battery or a blown lightbulb, and the fear that someone less concerned in the household might toss such a thing in the landfill if they don't deal with it first.
So, to keep the community sleeping soundly we also provide a drop-off service for items that can be recycled but are not accepted in the kerbside recycling bins.
Simply bring your items to our EcoHub, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn during our open hours.
Please note: there is a fee for certain items to cover our costs, see below.
We also send our batteries to Abilities. We separate them into Alkaline and Non-alkaline (incl. Lithium or rechargeable). It would be great if you can do this before dropping them off
Cost for Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, 9 V) - $3.00 per kg
Cost for rechargable batteries (lithium, Nicad, Nimh, button etc)- $6.50 per kg
Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes
At EcoMatters you can even drop off your old toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes!
Once we have a box full we then send them to Terracycle New Zealand. TerraCycle was founded in the States to recycle or up-cycle traditionally non- recyclable waste. If you go to their website you will find that the products they make from this waste (not currently available in NZ unfortunately).
Stainless steel razor blades
We are a collection point for stainless razor blades, used in safety razors (both are available to purchase at our EcoMatters Store).
We collect these in a can, and once full it is sent off to a metal recycler.
We collect donations of second-hand curtains, that are distributed to families in need via Vision West.
Full-length, lined curtains really help to keep homes warm, they make it easier to heat a home during winter, and that can result in less sickness!
We are delighted to provide the same gifting service in South Auckland, through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity who run the South Auckland Curtain Bank.
No mouldy curtains, blinds or rails please.
Interwaste collect the CFL light bulbs which contain harmful mercury. The bulbs are crushed into tiny pieces, then the different components separated. We can also accept LED and Incandescent bulbs.
Cost: $1 per light bulb. $3 per tube.
And don't forget we have a fantastic E-waste drop off service too!
Are you wanting to recycle something that's not on our list? Try searching Auckland Council's guide