TooGoodToWasteOption twoToo Good To Waste is the theme for the 28th annual WasteMINZ conference.

The theme builds upon our recent work on food waste, most notably through our Love Food Hate Waste campaign. This work has shown us that food waste is a major issue in New Zealand. Every time we throw out food – our bread crusts or last night’s leftovers – it adds up.

The same can be said of the many waste streams we all encounter on a daily basis. It might seem like just a few plastic bottles here and a box of polystyrene there, but all of this ‘waste’ has taken huge amounts of resources to produce. Should we really be wasting it? Surely we can do better?

Let’s explore how, through collective action, we can do a better job. We firmly believe that waste is an action, rather than a thing. It’s only waste if we make it so.

Where and when:

The 2016 conference is being held at the TSB Arena, Wellington.

The conference runs from 17 to 20 October. The details being:

  • Monday 17 October – TA Forum and Composting workshop
  • Tuesday 18 October to Thursday 20 October – Main conference programme

Call for papers:

We need you! The success of our conference really does depend upon the active participation of our members, by sharing your learnings, showcasing innovative practice, and posing tough questions for us all. So get your thinking cap on and submit an abstract to our call for papers.

Deadline for submission is Monday 4 July. Find out more here.

Programme and Registration:

  • Registration will open mid-July 2016. A preliminary programme will be available at this time.

Awards for Excellence:

The WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence are to recognise the many successes and advances being made right across our sector. There are four categories as follows:

  • Best Expo Site
  • Best Written Paper
  • Best communication, engagement or education initiative
  • Best project or initiative in the commercial or public sectors

For each award we announce three finalists in the lead up to the conference, with the winners being announced at the conference Gala Dinner. Watch this space for more details as they come to hand. Key dates are:

  • Applications open Monday 8 August
  • Applications close Monday 12 September


We have negotiated a range of accommodation offers for conference attendees. We advise you to book early, as our conference hotels are the most conveniently located and often book out in advance of the conference.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:

The WasteMINZ Conference & Expo provides you with the very best waste industry forum in New Zealand and gives sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to take advantage of the fantastic networking, knowledge sharing, and business opportunities that our events are renowned for. In particular, sponsorship gives you the unique ability to profile your organisation to our sector and be recognised as a leader in your field and a passionate supporter of the industry. Details will be released in June.

WasteMINZ Conference opportunities (2016)