WOMAD festival

Stuff: More research into where compostable takeaway cups and lids can be composted

The Packaging Forum has commissioned an analysis of disposable cups in New Zealand for a new study on where compostable cups and lids can be composted. The Packaging Forum spokeswoman Lyn Mayes said many New Zealand cafes and businesses have moved away from plastic-lined paper cups to those which were compostable if sent to a commercial composting facility.

Beyond the Bin, which was aiming to get 80 per cent of all events to be composting event waste, will conduct the research. Director Kim Renshaw said it had started work on identifying the composition of cups and lids and how they have been certified.


Gisborne Herald: On the zero-waste path

By Michael Neilson

PLATES and bowls made out of potatoes, cups from plants, and recycling stations for everything else.

“That is what we should be working towards at events and festivals,” said Kim Renshaw, founder of Beyond The Bin, an initiative to encourage other event managers to ascribe to the “zero-waste” vision.

Tauranga-based Ms Renshaw began her zero-waste path through running a gourmet night market in the Bay. She introduced a system where all waste produced at the market had to be compostable.

Through her work people around the country caught on and hired her to help them minimise their festival waste, including managing WOMAD’s waste system….

As her work grew in popularity she created an organisation to help others reduce their waste, and she has been travelling around the country running workshops ever since.

WOMAD festival
WOMAD festival

NZ Herald: Waste not want not at WOMAD

By Sam Judd

Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to the excellent WOMAD festival in Taranaki. The home of oil and gas and a stronghold for dairy farming – this region is not usually recognised as a pinnacle of environmental performance, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a very high standard going into the festival. The first thing I noticed was how clean the site was.

Festival organisers provided 146 tickets for volunteers, who dutifully ran the waste stations around the site and removed the relatively small amount that people dropped throughout the weekend. This involved separating materials for composting and recycling, with a goal of diverting over 80 per cent from landfill.

The initiative was run by impressive social enterprise Beyond the Bin, who have…


National Radio: Kim Renshaw interviewed by Lynn Freeman

Check out Kim’s interview on Radio New Zealand’s Easter Monday programme in March 2016

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Bay News: Bay waste team takes Womad Beyond the Bin

Beyond the Bin is a social enterprise that grew from Kim Renshaw’s work at Mount Maunganui’s zero-waste Gourmet Night Market, combined with the talents of equally passionate waste manager Sam Gray.

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Element Magazine: Kim Renshaw, The Zero Waste Event Champion

By Adam Gifford

Kim Renshaw describes herself as super-competitive. Competitive enough to don gloves every Monday morning from December to March and go through the waste generated by her Tauranga Gourmet Night Market to make sure it is 100 percent compostable.

That experience has morphed into Beyond The Bin, an initiative aimed at getting other event managers to buy into the zero waste vision. Renshaw started the market after selling natural products like coconut oil around farmers’ markets.

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