Introducing WasteMINZ

WasteMINZ is the largest representative body of the waste, resource recovery and contaminated land sectors in New Zealand.

Welcome to WasteMINZ

Formed in 1989, WasteMINZ is a membership-based organisation with over 1,400 members – from small operators through to councils and large companies.

We are the authoritative voice on waste, resource recovery and contaminated land in New Zealand and seek to achieve ongoing and positive development of our industry through strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration, knowledge sharing and championing the implementation of best practice standards. 

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Latest Posts

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Government backs waste tyre initiative

A manufacturing plant upgrade that uses waste tyres as fuel will have a big impact on one of New Zealand’s waste problems. Environment Minister David Parker this week officially... Read More

Govt invests $20.5m to reduce waste going to landfill

Thousands of households in Tauranga City will get waste collection bins for recycling, garden waste, food scraps and rubbish following a $20.5 million Government investment in reducing waste in... Read More

Govt confirms timeline for changes to waste levy

The Government has confirmed its proposals originally announced in July last year regarding the waste levy increase and expansion. This means that from 1 July 2021, the waste levy will increase... Read More

Media release: Update on clopyralid

We have noticed increasing interest and discussion, both locally and internationally, about clopyralid — a herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds in turf and lawns. Clopyralid can only be... Read More

Report highlights waste sector infrastructure issues

The Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released a discussion document on major issues facing the resource recovery and waste sector. The report is intended to inform a 30-year... Read More

Changes to Covid alert levels

With Auckland back in Alert Level 3, please note there has been one change to the Alert Level 3 area – Port Waikato has now been brought into Level 3. Schedule 4 of the latest Health Order... Read More

Ministry for Environment takes lead role developing Waste Strategy for New Zealand, reviewing waste legislation

By MfE deputy secretary Sam Buckle The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is taking a leadership role by developing a new waste strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand. The strategy will set the... Read More

Māori experts guide Waste Strategy kaupapa

MfE has formed a rōpū of Māori experts to guide the development of the new Waste Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand according to mātauranga Māori. The rōpū is a group of Māori waste... Read More

Upcoming Events

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Contaminated Site Safety Certificate (CSSC) - Wellington

The Contaminated Site Safety Certificate (CSSC) course has been designed in partnership with WasteMINZ and ALGA to enable employers to meet their duties as a PCBU for personnel who engage in works... Read More


NZ Infrastructure Commission: State of Play Resource Recovery and Waste

Alasdair MacLeod and Monique Cornish present key points about the State of Play discussion document. In addition they will also discuss where the commission is heading with their 30 year... Read More


CLM Networking Event (Auckland)

Join us for a Contaminated Land Management member networking event, which will be held at Tonkin + Taylor, 105 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket. Presenters: Scott Priestley, Manager, Waste... Read More

Latest Projects

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National Waste Data Framework Project

Background: In July 2013 WasteMINZ applied to the Government's Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) to develop a national waste data framework. The application was made with the support of a wide... Read More

New Zealand's agreed colours, signage and te reo Māori translations for rubbish and recycling bins

Colours of Rubbish and Recycling Bins Until October 2015, councils and businesses in New Zealand had used a variety of colours to indicate what items can be recycled in what bins. This created... Read More