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We are lucky to have so many great waste-focused community organisations implementing zero waste programmes throughout the region, in partnership with Auckland Council. There’s so much to discover and get involved with, whether by learning more about waste at a free event or joining your local group.


Ae Ka Taea e Koe (Yes You Can)

Ae Ka Taea e Koe focus on providing safe spaces, opportunities, knowledge and skills to whānau who have slipped through the gaps. This includes providing practical support to whānau to reduce waste through reusable nappies and sanitary products.

Aotearoa Sustainability Group

Aotearoa Sustainability Group  empower people from South Asian and new migrant communities in Tāmaki Makaurau to foster waste free sustainable living by valuing and taking care of our natural resources.

Be a Tidy Kiwi

Be a Tidy Kiwi is a litter prevention campaign embracing the movement to get kiwis to dispose of their waste responsibly.

The Beautification Trust

The Beautification Trust inspires communities to love and protect the environment. This includes educating communities on how to minimise waste and working alongside community groups to prevent illegal dumping. The Beautification Trust also operate the Manurewa Community Recycling Centre, turning waste into resources.

Chinese Conservation Education Trust (CCET)

CCET fosters a love and understanding of New Zealand’s special places, plants and animals.

The Compost Collective 

The Compost Collective exists to engage, empower and encourage the community to start to compost, worm farm, bokashi or garden at home. 

Earth Action Trust

Earth Action Trust is a New Zealand charitable organization working for environmental awareness and protection. 


EcoMatters is a charitable trust based in Auckland with a mission to nurture kaitiakitanga and help restore the whenua. They deliver a diverse range of nature, food, bike and waste minimisation initiatives. Check out their page for ideas, tips, events and workshops.

English Language Partners

English Language Partners helps former refugees and migrants participate successfully in all aspects of life in Aotearoa New Zealand, including supporting them to reduce their waste

Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste

Located on Auckland’s Hibiscus Coast Auckland, HCZW supports and leads a variety of zero waste and sustainability initiatives including the Whangaparāoa Community Recycling Centre, City to Farm, Zero Waste Early Childhood Education project and Zero Waste Zero Carbon programme in schools.

Kaipātiki Project

Based on Auckland’s North, Kaipātiki Project run a native plant nursery, facilitate native bush, streams and estuary regeneration, and provide conservation volunteering opportunities. They also offer practical education, organise events about sustainable living for different age groups, and promote zero waste initiatives (such as Zero Waste Northcote).

Kate Meads The Nappy Lady 

Kate Meads aka The Nappy Lady, has partnered with 40 councils to run workshops where she empowers the community to reduce waste and save money.

Love Food Hate Waste 

Love Food Hate Waste can help you reduce food waste and save money with hints, tips and tasty recipe ideas.

Mahurangi Wastebusters

Mahurangi Wastebusters are resource recovery experts operating community refuse and recycling centres at Snells Beach and Wellsford and providing waste minimisation education to the community

Mangere Bridge Friends of the Farm 

Friends of the Farm  foster a caring, connected waste wise community in Mangere, reducing waste through events, public place engagement, communications, and providing support to businesses and community groups

Manurewa Waste Champions 

Manurewa Waste Champions  undertake direct household engagement and work with local groups and volunteers to prevent illegal dumping.  They also help residents and groups to manage and reduce their waste.

ME Family Services

ME Family Services works to regenerate local ecosystems and to nurture positive, reciprocal relationships between people and place in Māngere/Ōtāhuhu. They provide waste education and support to reduce and regenerate waste, a recovery room and Resource Recovery Network, as well as Te Puna Oranga, a community garden and makerspace.

Pacific Vision Aotearoa (PVA)

Pacific Vision Aotearoa engage Pasifika communities throughout Auckland and have a strong presence in Ōtara- Papatoetoe. PVA have a unique approach to creating community-led solutions to manage and reduce waste. With awareness of Fonua, faith and the cultural wisdom of our ancestors, everyone has the navigational wayfinding skills for health and wellbeing.   Strengthening our collective eco-consciousness has a positive social and economic impact in Aotearoa and the Pacific.

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae is an urban marae in the heart of Māngere, holding fast to the vision of organga whenua, oranga tangata; restoring the relationship between people and the whenua to create thriving communities and a healthy environment. This includes providing para kore workshops and engagement with schools and community groups.

Para Kore Ki Tāmaki

Para Kore ki Tāmaki (PKKT) is a Zero Waste programme delivered by Uru Whakaaro across Auckland. Through education and practical support, they empower Māori communities to take action on reducing waste and caring for te taiao.

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect is a social enterprise with the goal to save "ugly" food from going to waste. 

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafe Aotearoa New Zealand supports repair cafes across the country with promotions, advocacy and capacity building to amplify the impacts of repair for local communities. RCANZ enables local groups to focus on engaging their communities, supporting their volunteers and providing fun and inclusive events that build connection, support community resilience and reduce waste to landfill.

Recreation Solutions

Recreation Solutions specialises in the provision of recreation feasibility and concept design, behaviour change programme design and evaluation, and project management. They also lead a zero waste community initiative called ‘Trash Free Taiaotea’ in the East Coast Bays.

Sustainable Papakura  

Sustainable Papakura works with the community to nurture and protect Papatūānuku. They team up with individuals, families, groups and organisations to re-imagine and remake lifestyles that will support Mother Earth to sustain us into the future. 

Te Awa Ora Trust and Talking Trash  

Talking Trash Manurewa educates the community of Manurewa on waste minimisation practices. Working particularly with Māori and Pasifika peoples, Talking Trash create a tailored approach to help these communities manage and reduce their waste. This includes supporting a network of waste champions and supporting local groups and businesses to minimise their waste and prevent illegal dumping

Tāmaki Wrap 

Tāmaki Wrap are dedicated to reducing waste and supporting local initiatives led by community groups and individuals in Maungakiekie and Tāmaki.

Waiheke Resources Trust (WRT)

Waiheke Resources Trust choose to work towards sustainability for Waiheke Island with the aim of showcasing Waiheke as a sustainable community in action. WRT works collaboratively with local groups and businesses to promote sustainable practices. Through the delivery of community-led engagement and education, WRT supports residents on Waiheke Island to better manage and reduce their waste.

West Auckland Resource Centre

The West Auckland Resource Centre turns waste to resources by redistributing resources back out to the community, especially to schools and early childhood centres across Auckland. The centre is open to be used by everyone.

The Zero Waste Network

Zero Waste Network represents community enterprises across Aotearoa New Zealand who are working towards zero waste.