We are a small and dedicated social enterprise team passionate about diverting waste from landfill and creating lasting positive impact along the way. Working with private industry allows us to work with those organisations with a desire to make change and the capacity to do so. Working with the public sector allows us to positively influence the regulatory environment governing waste and its diversion from landfill.
Our organisation was established in 2015 after 2 years lobbying for events to compost their food waste, through the iconic “Gourmet Night Market” event in Mt Maunganui. The event was able to consistently divert more than 95% of waste from landfill with our help, setting an example for whats possible with a heavily potentially recoverable waste stream like event food packaging. From there we were asked to help some of New Zealand’s largest events (WOMAD, NZ Agricultural Fieldays) develop waste minmimisation practices and deliver the service of waste management at those events. We quickly realised a gap in practical waste minimisation management support for event organisers so created training material for event organisers.
In 2016 the Ministry for Environment granted more than $50,000 of funding to Beyond the Bin to turn our training material into short videos, which have become a long-term practical resource for NZ’s events community.
Beyond the Bin have completed research for the packaging industry and continue to consult with the composting industry to further opportunities for composting waste in New Zealand. We welcome enquiries from organisations seeking support with identifying end of life options for packaging/products, developing solutions/strategy for social or environmental impact and training/education.
Kim Renshaw founded Beyond the Bin in 2015 and is responsible for driving the organisation, developing strategy and key partnerships. Kim is passionate about ensuring the business is always operating in line with its values and strategy, enabling growth whilst holding true to its environmental purpose.
Kim loves working with the waste and packaging sectors to improve systems for waste producers to utilise. Kim believes communication is the key to success and Beyond the Bin is in a unique position to communicate with all waste stakeholders.
Vanessa joins the team from Wellington with a decade of event & campaign management skills and a passion for waste minimisation. She also forms part of the award winning Newtown Festival Zero Waste Team, who have been successively upping the diversion rate since 2012 for New Zealand’s largest street festival. She believes that slick systems, clear communication and making it fun are the paths to success when it comes to waste minimisation.
Vanessa is our part-time research and project assistant and we are extremely lucky to have her on the team.
Project Assistant & Co-ordinator
An obsession with ocean trash 13 years ago developed into a personal and professional focus on reducing waste. Since then, Valerie has been involved in outreach, education and research aimed at making environmental sustainability relevant and accessible for people. Valerie believes engaging in waste reduction is an achievable, empowering and fun way for people to take action for the environment.
Valerie joins Beyond the Bin as a part-time project assistant and zero waste coordinator. Along with having the pleasure to work with Beyond the Bin, Valerie is also involved with zero waste initiatives in her home of Raglan.
Completing a workshop with Beyond the Bin left me enthused and more confident about taking responsibility for the waste we generate at our events. The workshop gave me a better understanding of our local waste facilities capabilities and exactly what happens ‘Beyond the Bin’. The information was presented in a way that was both easy to grasp and enjoyable.Kate Percy
They provided a fun, yet effective training program on the most practical way to deal with rubbish, recycling and composting at events. Their techniques and enthusiasm have seen a marked improvement in the diversion achieved at events they have trained in our CityRebecca Maiden