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Join us on our sustainability journey. Choose to reuse your beverage bottles.

What is this trial about?

This trial is your opportunity to make a powerful statement to beverage companies. It's your chance to let them know what drinks you'd prefer to see sold in refillable containers in the future, rather than the 'single-use - high emission' packaging that often ends up in recycling or landfill. Your input can influence drink brands to make more environmentally responsible packaging choices. Join us in shaping a greener and more sustainable future for all.

Why should we participate?

In Auckland, we collectively consume nearly 1 billion beverage containers each year, but shockingly, less than 1% of these are currently being reused. While recycling is a commendable effort, it's crucial to acknowledge its associated carbon emissions. The good news is that reusing beverage containers can be up to 20 times more environmentally friendly.

Your participation sends a powerful and positive message to companies that may not yet recognize the urgency of making better choices now, rather than in 10 or 20 years. Let's work together to reduce our reliance on recycling and shift towards more sustainable practices. Your involvement can make a meaningful impact in the here and now. Help us recycle less and reuse more, for a brighter and greener future.

To say thank you for participating in our trial and/or survey, you can choose to be entered into a prize draw of delicious drinks, kindly donated by our trial sponsors. Employees and direct family of Waste Solutions (Auckland Council), Green Bottle and the trial sponsors are welcome to participate in the trial but are not eligible for prizes.

When did the trial start?

The trial is kicking off on 18 October 2023 (Reusable Wednesday) in alignment with Recycling Week, and runs throughout the entire month of November 2023. This is your chance to be part of our sustainability initiative, making a difference in your community. Join us in promoting reuse and reducing waste. Learn more and participate today!

Who is allowed to participate?

We welcome participation from anyone in the wider Auckland region, so have come up with a number of options:

  • If you're within a 7km radius of the Western Springs Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre, we can conveniently deliver a crate directly to your home, but you must pre-register via the Drink Different website by 30 November 2023 . Registrations received after this date will be required to pick up their crate at the Waiorea Community Recycling Centre during opening hours.
  • If you live outside this area you have the option to pick up a crate from the Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre from 2 November 2023.

Fill your crate with the beverage bottles and/or cans you'd like to see reused in the future, and join our sustainability initiative.

Don't forget, anyone in the wider Auckland region can also participate via a quick 2-minute online survey.

How long does the trial last?

The trial will take place throughout November 2023, with specific phases as follows:

Sign-up period: From 18 October - 1 November 2023, register for your crate via the Drink Different website to take part in the trial and go in the draw to win prizes.

Crate filling and return period: From 1 November - 30 November 2023, you can fill your crate with 12 beverage items that you, as a consumer, want to see transition towards reuse. Drop off your crate at Waiorea CRC or one of the designated drop-off points listed on

You can visit to take part in our Drink Different survey at any time during the trial period.

Can I have more than one crate?

No, this trial is not intended to replace your kerbside recycling collection. You should only place beverage items in your crate that you, as the consumer, want to see transition towards reusable packaging for a brighter future.

What happens if I don't drop my crate back?

While our crates are visually appealing and made from recyclable materials, they are costly to replace at $25 NZD per crate. If you participate in the trial and do not return the crate, whether full or empty, we will need to apply a charge for it.

Who are the supporting partners?

Several popular New Zealand beverage brands are championing the shift towards reuse and improved labeling, are supplying giveaways for participants who will go into the draw to win free beverages just in time for Christmas.

  • Barkers Cordials
  • Good Buzz Kombucha
  • Chia Sisters juices
  • Sawmill Brewery
  • Liquorland

What are the opening hours for Waiorea Community Recycling Centre?

Opening Hours are:

  • Thursday to Sunday: 9am to 4pm
  • Monday to Wednesday: Closed

Where is Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre located?

990 Great North Road Western Springs, Auckland

What happens if I can't drop my crate off to Waiōrea?

If you're unable to drop off your crate at the Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre, we've got you covered. You can conveniently drop off your crate at selected Liquorland stores or at the new Barkers store in Ponsonby Central (check for more details).

When will prizes be drawn?

Prizes will be drawn during December 2023 and winners will be contacted directly to pick up their prizes from Waiorea community recycling centre. Prizes not claimed during December 2023 will be forfeited.

What are the prizes?

There are 35 crates of kiwi made mixed beverages from our sponsors (12 bottles per crate).

  • 25 crates will be split between the residents who fill and return their crates and another
  • 10 crates will be split amongst Aucklanders who completes the online survey.

What will happen to the results from the trial?

The containers returned, as part of the trial, will be sorted, counted and the number of each recorded. The containers from this trial will be recycled, but the results will be shared with the beverage industry to show the types of containers that consumers would like to see available for re-use in the future.

The results of the trial will be available on Drink Different website and published through Green Bottle's social media platforms.

What containers are accepted in the crate?

Only drinkable beverage containers are accepted in the crate. They can be bottles (plastic or glass) and cans that you would like to see available as refillable in future. The containers must fit inside the crates dividers (max 12 items per crate).

Does it cost to be part of this trial?

No, there is no cost to participate in this trial.

We will provide you with the crate free of charge, with the condition that you return it at the end of the trial, as these are the property of Green Bottle. Crates that are not returned will be charged at $25 NZD each. This is an important step to make the new reuse service a success in the future.