Waste Management

A significant portion of a building’s carbon footprint is created by tenant waste so waste management is a priority at Samson. The Environment Champion is responsible for educating colleagues and cleaners on waste processes, a good place to start is by considering the 5 Rs in your work places operation.

To reduce what you send to landfill even further, look at the tips in the Samson Sustainable Operational guidelines.

The Environment Champion is responsible for educating colleagues and cleaners on waste education processes. Your building is supplied with either Auckland Council waste collection or landlord supplied waste management, they are split as follows:

Council Waste Collection


  • The majority of your weekly waste should be going to Mixed Recycling, plastic bottles and containers, glass jars and bottles, aluminum cans, milk cartons, egg cartons, paper and cardboard recycling, newspapers, magazines and envelopes.
  • General Waste Collection is for plastic bags, food waste, polystyrene, batteries, cookware, Pyrex and drinking glasses.

Interested in having a worm bin onsite for composting? Contact Samson to find out more

Samson Managed Waste Collection

Waste is split into 5 different streams.

  1. Paper
  2. General recycling
  3. Cardboard recycling
  4. General waste
  5. Compost for worms



Compost – each tenancy has a small green bin for worm waste. Tenants need to line their bin with a compostable bag liner and when it is full they need to dispose of it in the collection bin in the worm room. Note: tenants do not put the compost in the worm bin themselves, this is left to the maintenance team.

Compostable bags can be ordered online from http://www.friendlypak.co.nz/Products/Bag-Pak/Bin-Liners

What to Feed our Worms at Geyser

Compost worms benefit from a balanced diet. They will eat most normal kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps.

We want to make this easy as possible for your business. The majority of food scraps can go into the worm bins and we will monitor the health of the bins to ensure the worms are having a balanced diet.

Due to the number of bins we have, we believe we can evenly distribute the food that worms typically don’t like too much of.



Scraps from customer plates

Citrus, acidic fruit skin

Most fruit and vegetable scraps from food preparation

Bulk quantities of the following:

Pulp from the juicer

Spicy foods, onion, garlic, leeks, capsicums

Cooked food

Meat and dairy products

Tea leaves/bags and coffee grounds (small amount ok)

Bread, pasta and processed wheat products

Crushed/ground eggshells

Shiny paper

Hair, vacuum cleaner dust, soiled paper, tissues, handy towels, shredded egg cartons, toilet roll inners, paper lunch wrap

Fats or oils

Shredded moist newspaper & cardboard

Coffee grinds from our largest coffee sellers

Lawn clippings in small quantities (spray free), weeds, clippings, prunings, dirt and leaves


Sawdust (untreated), wood ash


What we want your assistance with is educating your staff that large quantities of the ‘dislikes’ column should not be going into worm bins and should instead go to the organic bin. Avoid large quantities of meat, citrus, onions and dairy foods. For instance,

  • If you have 1KG of meat you need to discard, put it in the organic bin, but if there are meat scraps left on a customer’s plate, it is fine to put in the worm bin.
  • If you have to discard large quantities of cooked rice that you will not sell, again, put it in the organic bin, but small amounts of starch and carbohydrates are OK.

The smaller and softer the scraps, the easier it is for the worms to digest and process them into castings.

If in doubt, put something in the organic bin and send an email to me to ask what your team should do in the future: celia@samson.co.nz