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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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

Do you know an events manager extraordinaire?

WasteMINZ is looking for an experienced events management person to join our team - NOW!  Our annual conference is the ‘must attend’ event for Aotearoa’s waste, resource recovery and... Read More

Update on business-related travel

The Ministry of Transport has warned there may be a higher expectation of evidence today (Tuesday) to support legitimate travel from one alert level area to another.  For anyone driving a truck... Read More

Inter-regional travel under new COVID-19 levels

As of 11:59pm, Sunday 14 Feb, Auckland moved to alert level 3, with the rest of New Zealand moving to alert level 2. These levels are in place until 11:59 Wednesday 18 February, but subject to... Read More

Climate action in Aotearoa draft report released 1 February 2021.

The independent Climate Change Commission has released its draft package of advice to Government on the steps Aotearoa must take to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address... Read More

19 projects will clean up and protect waterways

9 January 2021  $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground... Read More

New regulations for the trade in plastic waste 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 you will need a permit from the Environmental Protection Authority before you can import or export certain types of plastic waste. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ The... Read More

Upcoming Events

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WasteMINZ Member networking event - 17 March 2021 (Wellington)

Welcome to our first Member networking function for 2021, subject of course to public health guidelines.   We are delighted to announce that the Hon. David Parker,  Minister for the... Read More


Have your say on product stewardship for large batteries

B.I.G. Battery Scheme – HAVE YOUR SAY!  Do you have large batteries in your value chain? Help to shape the B.I.G. scheme before it is finalised in April! The Battery Industry Group (B.I.G.)... Read More


Te Hui Taumata Moumou Kai o Aotearoa – National Food Waste Summit

This year Aotearoa needs to put its head down and make serious headway on reducing carbon emissions. With an estimated 30% of food not making it from the paddock or packhouse to the plate, and... 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