We are a small and dedicated team passionate about diverting landfill-destined waste into resource recovery and creating lasting positive impact along the way. More and more we are loving talking about all things reusable, an obvious win for the environment right at the top of the waste hierarchy. Working with private industry allows us to work with organisations who have a real 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 minimisation 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 support material for the events sector.
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.