We are passionate about making diverting waste from landfill easy for events.  Our goal is for 80% of all events to be composting their event waste before too long. Just how long that is, we’ll let you know.

We started Beyond the Bin in 2015, but our story starts in 2013 when we started the event the “Gourmet Night Market” and decided to see how far we could push the zero waste envelope…

In 2014 we travelled to WOMAD in Taranaki to help out and observe, this led to an opportunity to work with them in 2015 to deliver the zero waste programme.  After that, we realised that was what we wanted to do more of, all the time. Beyond the Bin was born in June 2015 with the help of a social enterprise grant from Toi Toi Manawa.


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

Event Manager, Absolute Element

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 City

Rebecca Maiden

Resource Recovery Manager, Tauranga City Council

We wanted to let you know we enjoyed helping out at Womad, and attending the festival for the first time. We will be back next year.  This great initiative means people like us can contribute and have a special experience. We also wanted to let you know we learnt a lot about waste, and found you and Sam inspirational.


Zero Waste Volunteer, WOMAD NZ

Kim Renshaw

Kim Renshaw

Managing Director

Kim Renshaw has been working in events since the age of 15 and is the founder of the zero waste event “Gourmet Night Market” in Mount Maunganui. Kim is passionate about reducing event waste to landfill and creating a story around waste minimisation success. 

Kim is responsible for the day to day operations and business strategy. She loves working with the waste and packaging sectors to improve systems for events to utilise. Kim believes communication is the key to success and Beyond the Bin is in a unique position to communicate with all event waste stakeholders.

Sam Gray

Sam Gray

Director of Education & Site Operations

Sam Gray is our head zero waste educator and onsite operations guru. A plumber in a former life and farm-boy at heart, Sam is an extremely practical thinker and thrives on improving systems.

Sam has developed Beyond the Bin’s educational programmes to create comprehensive yet concise educational material. Sam is famous for his definition of a landfill and his practical approach to problem solving.

You’ll find Sam at the bins, in the bins, out the back sorting waste or liaising with waste companies, but always talking rubbish.

Vanessa Rushton

Vanessa Rushton

Research Assistant

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.

Valerie Bianchi

Valerie Bianchi

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.