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 1,000 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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Consultation open: Low entry collection vehicles module

WasteMINZ' Health and Safety Guidelines:  for the Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Sector - parts one, two, three, four and five include a low entry collection vehicles module.  This module has... Read More

Career Opportunity: Waste Projects Manager, Kapiti District Council

Kapiti District Council are looking for an enthusiastic individual who has what it takes to succeed in a dynamic and challenging role. As a member of the Sustainability and Resilience team, you... Read More

Plastic Free July Aotearoa 2020

The following resources are available to download and use for the 2020 Plastic Free July campaign. WasteMINZ would like to acknowledge the organisations and individuals who have shared their... Read More

WasteMINZ’ CLM Sector Group submission: NZ Guidelines on assessing and managing asbestos in soil

The NZ Guidelines for assessing and managing asbestos in soil are currently being considered for revision. This key document informs practice and regulatory expectations for the management of... Read More

WasteMINZ in RNZ panel discussion on waste infrastructure shortfalls

On Radio New Zealand's 9 - noon show, Kathryn Ryan and WasteMINZ chief executive Janine Brinsdon​, Todd McLeay, CEO of Smart Environmental, New Zealand's largest privately owned waste company... Read More

Career Opportunity: Principal Advisor Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, Porirua City

Porirua City is looking for a committed and passionate individual to drive the Regional Waste Management and Minimisation Plan in its current and future forms. This is a three-year fixed term... Read More

Minister Sage comments on Waste Disposal Levy article mention

In an article published by Stuff this morning, there was a suggestion that the Waste Disposal Levy changes could be delayed. The office of the Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon.... Read More

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sends a message of thanks through WasteMINZ to the waste industry

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has sent a vote of thanks to the waste sector for all the essential work undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The video was first played on... Read More

Upcoming Events

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WEBINAR: Finding a solution for the safe and responsible collection and disposal of small batteries

Presented by:  Alec McNeil, Solid Waste Manager, Marlborough District Council, Rowan Latham, Contract and Projects Lead, Christchurch City Council and John Evans, Business & Service... Read More


WEBINAR: If the polluter doesn’t pay, who does?

Presented by:  Graham Aveyard, Science Team Leader – Contaminated Land, Environment Canterbury Regional Council A review of current approaches to contaminated land liability, reflect on... 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