Introduction to

Zero Waste & the Circular Economy

Join Aotearoa NZ’s waste minimisation leaders for an engaging and fun training course that provides a comprehensive overview of zero waste principles and practice.

For more info on the courses or to register email

Download course info sheet here.

Upcoming training dates:

Online // 17, 24 & 31 July 2024 – register here

Complete course is delivered as 3 sessions over a 3 week period.


Please contact if you have any questions or interested in attending training.


Who is this training for:

  • Members of community organisations interested in undertaking waste minimisation including reuse, repair, community composting and other local social enterprise

  • Businesses and individuals interested in the circular economy and/or expanding their environmental, zero waste and resource recovery knowledge

  • Elected members of local government with responsibilities under the Waste Minimisation Act

  • Local government staff involved in community economic and local development, waste minimisation and climate mitigation

  • People interested in living a zero waste lifestyle

What we cover:

Each of these half-day blocks is available as a stand-alone course.

Zero Waste Concepts & Context

Delve into zero waste concepts, principles & philosophies.

 – The story of waste
 – What is zero waste
 – Māori cultural perspectives
 – Landfills & incineration
 – Roles of government & councils
 – Getting to know the wider sector


Recyclable Resources

Learn about journey of recyclable goods from consumer to resale.

 – Identifying recyclable resources
 – Applying the waste hierarchy
 – The resource recovery journey
 – Recyclable materials
 – Organics & composting



Zero Waste Activities

Explore all zero waste activities & understand the environmental, economic & social benefits.

 – Education & behaviour change
 – Zero waste living
 – Zero waste events
 – Waste audits
 – Reuse Activities
 – Practical product stewardship



Practical Resource Recovery

Hands on experience at an operating resource recovery centre.

 – Site tour
 – Health & safety
 – Machinery & equipment 

Please note: This sessions varies from site to site and is not included in online course.


Course Fees:

Complete two day course
 – $400.00 community group participant
 – $700.00 commercial/council participants

Complete online course
 – $300.00 community group participant
 – $525.00 commercial/council participants


Single half-day session
 – $100.00 community group participant
 – $175.00 commercial/council participants


*All prices are excluding gst and booking fee

The project is generously supported by the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund, and Auckland Council allowing us to offer subsidies to community groups, in support of the building of a strong community resource recovery sector.

For more info on the courses or to register email or call 027 4622 202