We are a small and dedicated social enterprise team passionate about diverting waste from landfill. 

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.

Kim Renshaw

Kim Renshaw

Managing Director

Kim Renshaw has been working in events since the age of 15 and was the orginal founder of the zero waste event “Gourmet Night Market” in Mount Maunganui. She passed the event on to new owners in 2016 when Beyond the Bin required her full time attention. 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 is responsible for the day to day operations and overall business strategy. She 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 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.

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