Pest plant disposal
Community pest plant bins
At regular intervals, there will be pest plant bins in handy locations throughout Kaipātiki.
Locations and status of the bins
Please see our live document for latest information of whether the bins are available or full, and their locations:
Also see PFK on Facebook for updates
Use these community bins only for:
- disposal of certain parts of specific pest plants
- where you have a high volume and cannot use alternative disposal methods
- and only with material that has NOT been near kauri trees
What material is accepted?
Currently we are only accepting the following:
moth plant - seed pods (must be bagged!)
wild ginger - rhizomes and roots
Madeira vine - aerial nodules
woolly nightshade - fruits and seeds
To help with identification of pest plant species visit our pest plant page
Absolutely not accepted
Putting non-target material in the pest plant bins will result in the bin being filled too quickly and may prevent it being collected. This also wastes money which we would rather spend on community events and native plantings.
Please use other methods to dispose of the following:
Any native plant material
Bamboo or giant reed, Arundo - leave on site stacked on a sheet or similar, to prevent stems from regrowing
Branches - leave on site to break down if they are non-invasive or chop for firewood
Jasmine, blue morning glory, Japanese honeysuckle - rot down in a container of water with a lid or compost contained in a black bag (we may be able to lend you these from our community toolshed). The vines can be left to die if cut and kept off the ground.
Any other waste
Alternative disposal methods
All non-regenerating weed tissues, such as ginger or woolly nightshade leaves and stems, can be left as mulch or composted.
For small volumes or pest plant material please consider placing placing in your household waste.
If you have a green waste collection, please check if this goes to 'hot composting', which kills seeds and roots of pest plants, and use it if it does.
Invasive seeds, roots and other regenerative weed tissues can be rotted in other ways:
Container of water with a lid - regenerative parts start to rot down after a few months, up to a year
Special weed bags - enclosed will compost anywhere between 6 months - 3 years
Working around kauri trees?
If you have been working around kauri trees or removing pest plants from close by, please follow these precautions to reduce the risk of spreading kauri dieback disease:
Avoid weeding around kauri (an area around 3 times the canopy width is recommended), unless native trees are at serious threat from pest plants.
Clean all soil and dirt from footwear and equipment at the site of the kauri. Avoid moving soil or dirt away from the area.
If you have to pull up pest plants from around kauri, attempt to dispose of the plants on site such as in a barrel of water or weed bag first.
Avoid any digging around kauri to avoid damaging the roots.