Closing the Loop - Tauranga Zero Waste Networking

Closing the Loop - Tauranga Zero Waste Networking

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Tauranga City Council

306 Cameron Road

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty 3110

New Zealand

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Join us to connect with the zero waste community & expand your knowledge on waste minimisation for your business or organisation!

About this event

Guest Speakers | Networking | Afternoon nibbles

Nau mai, haere mai ki 'Closing the Loop' networking event.

Join the Zero Waste Network and Tauranga City Council for an afternoon networking session where we will learn all about waste minimisation, zero waste and the circular economy.

Come along to connect with the zero waste community to get inspired about your waste minimisation journey for your business or organisation.

We will be hearing from guest speakers who will share their stories and provide practical examples of how to get going on this zero waste path to be a part of a thriving circular economy in Aotearoa.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

To be held at Tauranga City Council.

We will be providing afternoon drinks and nibbles.

Hybrid Event - online and in person:

For those of you who aren't able make it along in person or just want to tune in for a particular presentation, we will be offering a live stream of the presentations. Make sure you RSVP for an online ticket to receive the access to the live stream. Times of presentations will be released prior to the event.


Kate Meads - Waste Free with Kate

Kate has been working with the general public and councils for over 15 years promoting waste minimisation and consumer behaviour change amongst other things.. In the early days her role was to promote the use of modern cloth nappies and promote waste free parenting options, however now she facilitates seminars and presentations on reducing food waste and a wide range of waste topics. Kate’s mantra stems around “Do 1 Thing” and the idea that we don’t all have to be perfect, we all just need to know what our role is and make sustainable changes that suit our lifestyle.

“I believe that we all have the power and responsibility to take action towards reducing waste and moving towards a circular economy”.

Wendy Gatward - Good Buzz

Wendy’s role is sustainability leader at GoodBuzz Beverage Co. From the inception of GoodBuzz in 2014 sustainable practices have been an important part of the company values. They formalised the role of sustainability leader at the beginning of 2022. Prior to this role as sustainability lead Wendy managed procurement for ingredient purchasing and ensured we maintained processes for Biogro organic certification. Wendy has had a long interest in organic products and this has lead to her progression into championing for sustainable business practices. As a business they have alway prioritised recycling and careful waste management. Their glass bottle is made from NZ recycled glass here in NZ, we reuse pallets, recycle everything they can from the kitchen and factory.

“I am fortunate to work with a team who understand and are keen to engage in our companies sustainable business goals at the same time improving the way in which they implement sustainable practices into their own lives.”

“I believe one of my roles is kaitiaki to our natural environment which to me means being authentic in the way in which I lead sustainability practices including waste reduction and embracing a circular economy.”

Vincent Callister - Why Waste & Waste Wizards

Vincent Callister, who goes by Vinnie to most, is a passionate advocate for systemic design, landfill diversion, Papamoa Football and Bay of Plenty Futsal. He likes to do things little differently, like playing guitar upside down, smashing the drums in the morning and helping events reduce waste with his unique and reusable Waste Wizards bin systems. The Resource Wise Community fund helped him kick start Waste Wizards in 2018 and now in 2022, the same fund is helping him bring a behaviour change campaign to the Bay called, Let's Make Waste History Together. It aims to challenge consumers' single-use behaviour by offering a reuse solution to cafes, events and eventually, takeaway food outlets. Tune in to the event "Closing The Loop" to hear about his story and his solutions.

What is Closing the Loop?

Closing the loop events are an opportunity for networking, learning and sharing knowledge where we aim to increase the understanding of zero waste and the circular economy. We visit communities throughout the country to explore different aspects of the circular economy and when we can't travel we go online. Every event features guest speakers that provide practical, unique examples of their zero waste journey and how they contribute to creating a circular economy in their local community and Aotearoa.

What is the circular economy?

The circular economy is an alternative to throw-away thinking and our ‘make-use-dispose’ economic model. In a circular economy waste has been designed out of the system, no excess is produced, and all resources are recovered. A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design and recognises the intrinsic value of all living things and the ecosystems that sustain life. It creates strong, resilient and equitable communities where people have what they need to live happy and fulfilling lives.

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