Focus on the future –  Call for papers 

You are invited to submit abstracts for WasteMINZ’ 25th annual conference. It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for 25 years, and to celebrate the progress our industry has made in this time our conference theme is ‘Focus on the Future’.

New Zealand is a leader in many areas; however it’s fair to say that when it comes to waste and resource recovery we tend to follow the rest of the world. What do the next 20 years hold? Will we forge ahead? Will we learn from the implementation challenges experienced overseas? What will our sector look like in 2033?

We want to draw out your thoughts, experiences and learnings from both industry and government, that  demonstrate and support integrated waste management  for  today and for the years to come. We invite the submission of abstracts in the topical areas listed below. Abstracts outside the listed topics may be considered at the discretion of WasteMINZ. If you have any questions please contact Nic Quilty.

To be accepted your abstract needs to be relevant, original, topical and have impact!

Please click here to submit your abstract (300 words maximum).

We invite abstracts addressing the following areas:

Focus on the future:

  • Overseas trends and advances
  • What will New Zealand be doing in 20 years’ time?
  • Moving towards a circular economy
  • What will the relationship be between Councils, community organisations and the commercial sector? Will they work together to meet future waste challenges?


  • Papers on international collaborative initiatives

Behaviour Change and Education:

We would particularly like to see case studies which look at the implementation of programmes and the related outcomes.

  • Food waste reduction programme implementation
  • Developing successful behaviour change programmes
  • Evaluating and reporting on behaviour changes programmes
  • Individual responsibility versus systems based approaches to changing behaviours
  • Education strategies – how have these been developed and what has been the outcome?

Construction and Demolition Waste Management:

  • Practical case studies on how to minimise waste on construction sites
  • “Top of pipe solutions” which address reducing waste in the first place, rather than just reusing it after the waste has been created

Health and Safety:

  • Advances in health and safety practice and policy
  • Implications of large scale changes at a governmental level (Taskforce review etc.)
  • Health and safety issues associated with e-waste

Landfill & Residual Waste:

  • What are the environmental effects from leachate and gas from fills accepting construction and demolition waste?
  • Unintended consequences associated with levy avoidance

Waste to Energy:

  • Innovations, advances and challenges and their applicability to New Zealand both now and in the future.
  • Benefits of the use of organic waste derived materials in energy production
  • Examples of successful waste to energy projects in New Zealand and Australia (wood waste boilers, anaerobic digestion et al.)

Organic Materials:

  • The life cycle of compostable packaging in organic waste diversion and processing systems
  • Benefits of the use of organic waste derived materials in agriculture
  • Benefits of the use of organic waste derived materials in energy production
  • Barriers and solutions to the reuse of bio-solids
  • Health perspectives associated with bio-solid reuse


  • Innovative solutions to addressing e-waste
  • E-waste standards – implications for Councils

Product Stewardship:

  • Comparison of voluntary versus mandatory product stewardship schemes
  • The business case for voluntary product stewardship – why industry should get involved

Contaminated Land:

  • Sustainable remediation
  • Ground gases
  • Managing persistent pollutants (e.g. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
  • Emerging issues, technology and innovation  – nationally and internationally
  • Putting the NES into practice – learnings
  • Challenges in the regulatory environment (understanding the triggers)
  • Enforcement and compliance
  • Accumulative effects (including managing pervasive legacy issues

Please click here to submit your abstract (300 words maximum).

Conference Fees:

Presenters at the conference are attendees and will be expected to pay their own travel expenses and conference registration fee.