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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The great waste debate

The environment spokespeople from five major political parties went head-to-head on our mounting waste crisis at the first ever online election debate hosted by WasteMINZ. Waste to energy was... Read More

Annual General Meeting 2020; Notice and Agenda

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Waste Management Institute New Zealand Incorporated, will take place on the 19 October 2020, at the University of Auckland, Kohia... Read More

Repairing faulty electrical goods should be easier than replacement: report

Media Release 9 September 2020 A comprehensive report into ‘right to repair’ is calling for measures that encourage consumers to repair electronic goods such as mobile phones, vacuums,... Read More

New rules for outdoor tyre storage

The Government is introducing a National Environment Standard (NES) to better regulate tyres stored outdoors. The new rules will ensure that tyres are stored responsibly on sites. Cabinet... Read More

Media Release: Recycling confusion kicked to the kerb

The critical and significant Standardising kerbside collections in Aotearoa report has been released. The report was prepared by WasteMINZ and commissioned by the Ministry for the... Read More

Updated travel information and exemptions: Alert Level 3

There have been issues reported from members involved in the collection and transportation of waste, at the entry and exit borders across the Auckland Region.  These issues have resulted in... Read More

WasteMINZ Board Nominations 2020

The WasteMINZ Board is elected by our members to provide governance for WasteMINZ, as well as monitoring the organisation’s performance. The Board must also set the strategic direction, and... Read More

MfE consultation on reducing the impact of plastic on our environment – moving away from hard-to-recycle and single-use items

The Ministry for the Environment has announced a consultation on banning some problematic plastics and some single use plastic items. There are two proposals being consulted on: banning some... Read More

Upcoming Events

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Decentralised Community Composting and Regenerative Agriculture

An alternative method for dealing with organic waste Are large scale anaerobic digestion and composting facilities the way of the future for diverting food waste from landfill? Richard Wallis... Read More


WasteMINZ Be the Change Summit 2020

The WasteMINZ Be the Change Summit will be the place to be, if you want to hear the latest announcements from the Ministry for the Environment, take part in industry and sector defining... 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

National Food Waste Prevention Project

The National Food Waste Prevention Project was an initiative of the WasteMINZ Behaviour Change Sector Group. A number of councils around New Zealand had indicated interest in running a 'Love Food... Read More