This Ministry of the Environment video presents a short overview of our Construction and Demolition Waste Processing Facility that diverts approx. 75-80% of construction, building and demolition waste from Auckland landfill.

Green Gorilla is a case study to explain how the waste levy can assist businesses in diverting waste from landfills.

It’s hoped that the increase in the Waste Disposal Levy will incentivise waste producers:

  • reduce their general waste going to landfill
  • increase their waste diversion through recycling

Hosted by Green Gorilla CEO Elaine Morgan, the video looks behind the scenes of our operation.

Kiwi-owned Green Gorilla has spent a decade developing a waste management model like no other. Unlike its competitors, we do not own a single landfill. Instead, we have innovated by developing markets for waste and extracting rubbish to turn into resources.

Construction waste is approx. 50% of Auckland landfill, and we challenge that outcome. Unlike others, we invest in better environmental solutions.

Our DNA is 100 per cent kiwi - in 2010, the Green Gorilla founders put their incredibly clever heads together and were fuelled by ambition, innovation and kiwi ingenuity. Green Gorilla has braved uncharted territory to maximise recovery, reuse and recycle for a cleaner, greener New Zealand. Green Gorilla offers Auckland construction, commercial and industrial companies a more sustainable option over waste companies that dump waste directly into landfill.


CLICK HERE For Ministry of the Environment information about the Waste Disposal Levy



An estimated 50% of all landfill is Construction and Demolition waste. Its volume dominates all other waste types. What is Construction and Demolition Waste? It’s the (non-hazardous) timber and wood fibre, concrete and clean fill, plasterboard and metal waste generated from Auckland’s commercial and residential building, renovations, and demolition projects.

The majority of the waste is:

  • Timber
  • Clean fill (concrete, bricks, stones, topsoil and clay)
  • Plasterboard
  • Metals

These materials can be salvaged, reused or recycled; however, they are often unnecessarily dumped into landfill. There’s no silver bullet for changing this behaviour; however, many companies and organisations are working hard for change. Green Gorilla can achieve over 70% construction waste diversion without requiring a unique on-site separation. In a single day, we extract five tonnes of nails and metals from Auckland construction waste and divert it from landfill.

What Happens to Construction / Building / Renovation and Demolition Waste at Green Gorilla's Onehunga Waste Facility?

CLICK HERE for the behind-the-scenes video and read the great sustainability stories that explain where waste can be diverted from Auckland landfills.

Contact Green Gorilla for your Auckland construction waste skip bins and recycling.

four construction workers waving to the camera gorilla skip bin placed in front of house construction



The average residential construction project generates:

  • > 25-30m3 or 3000-3500kg or 2-3 standard 9m3 skips of waste.
  • > 16kg or 0.14m3 of waste per square metre of floor area.
Residential Construction Waste by Weight infographic
Residential Construction Waste by volume infographic