2017 Election Year Campaign

It’s that time again…

Once again, as citizens of this great place, we get to have a say in how our country is run and who we want to be in charge of the political power.

We all work in this sector for a bunch of reasons, but lots of them are probably to do with wanting to strengthen our communities and believing that looking after our resources is part of doing that. We are encouraging our members to get involved this election by contacting their local candidates, finding out where they stand on issues relating to community recycling and encouraging them to support the policies we think would make a real difference to how waste and resources are dealt with in this country. To help you with that we’ve written a letter that you can use in your approach to local people. It’s a letter that you can format and edit to include your own details and ideas.

Happy election campaigning people!

Word version: Election Candidate letter

CRN is hiring

We are currently recruiting for two positions:

  • Logistics Leader
  • Project Administrator

More information on each of these positions is below.

Please call Dorte on 09 372 7289 or 021 975 352 or email admin@communityrecyclers.org.nz if you have any questions about these roles.



If you believe you possess the skills for either of these roles and would like to join the CRN team, please email your cover letter and CV to Dorte Wray – admin@communityrecyclers.org.nz, with the reference of either ‘Admin Position’ or ‘Logistics Manager Position’ as the subject.

Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 13 April 2017

Applicants for both positions should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.


Logistics Leader

We are a not for profit organisation working in the field of Resource Recovery. We are looking for an operational superstar to join our team. The role is customer facing, working with community groups, our corporate waste company partner and Auckland Council. It is both logistical and operational, with ample opportunities to use your problem-solving skills.

Reporting to the Project Manager, you will also be responsible for the auditing function and report on this on a daily basis.

In general you will:

  • Work alongside the Project Manager to ensure the good operation of the Glen Innes Inorganic Project warehouse
  • Manage the relationships between the community groups and other stakeholders
  • Oversee the auditing function, including training of collection staff
  • Be responsible for Health & Safety

Key Attributes:

  • Be a team player in a dynamic team
  • Be a people person
  • Have a passion for waste minimisation
  • Work well with both the community sector and corporate groups
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Strong communication skills, problem solving ability and professionalism
  • The ability to learn new technology and skills

Computer skills essential for the role.

The full time position of 35 hours per week.


Project Administrator Super Star

We are looking for high performing quality administrator to join our close knit, fun and hardworking team. The position is a fixed term/permanent part-time position and is based in our Glen Innes warehouse, with some flexibility in terms of working from home.

The purpose of this role is to provide administrative and organisational support to the management team.

In general, your time will be split between:

  • Supporting the AIR (Auckland Inorganic Reuse) project manager with reporting; data collection/analysis and; general administration tasks (8 hours per week)
  • Supporting the CRN Executive Officer with stakeholder engagement, data collection and general administration tasks (4 hours per week)

You will have:

  • A passion for resource recovery and community enterprise.
  • Excellent administration skills and a passion for working in a busy and varied role with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong MS Office knowledge: Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • A proactive, flexible and adaptable nature
  • Strong communication skills, problem solving ability and professionalism
  • An ability to complete multiple administration support tasks
  • The ability to learn new technology and skills





Call for papers The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic: A nearly carbon-neutral conference

June 26th – July 14th 2017

More plastic was produced in the past decade than during the entire 20th century. We currently produce over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year. We have built a world in which we are reliant on plastic for our medical health and everyday functioning, and yet we are also coming to realise that the global explosion of plastic has revealed a dark side. Currently, only 14% of the hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic we produce annually is recycled.  As a result, vast amounts of plastic currently accumulate within oceanic gyres, landfills, and other environments, leading to the dire prediction that there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world’s oceans by 2050.  The production of plastic is a significant driver of fossil fuel consumption, with approximately 8% of global oil production dedicated to the production of plastics.  A growing body of research is revealing how endocrine disrupting chemicals and microplastics in aquatic ecosystems are impacting fauna and food safety in often unpredictable ways.  The production, consumption, and accumulation of plastic also raises ethical questions associated with health, pollution, and inequality. 500 billion single-use plastic bags are consumed annually around the world.  28,500 tonnes of expanded polystyrene (EPS) was produced in 2014, 90% of which was used to make single-use products.  The bulk of single-use EPS waste is not recycled. The sheer volume of single-use plastics produced and consumed globally is emblematic of the planned obsolescence that characterises linear economies.

The complexities inherent in the ways in which plastic is produced, consumed, and discarded are never purely material, social, nor stable. As such, addressing the social and environmental issues surrounding plastic requires an interdisciplinary focus that crosses the traditional divisions between the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.  This nearly-carbon neutral conference aims to encourage presentations that articulate the value and challenges constitutive of such interdisciplinary collaborations.

We welcome contributors who hail from a broad range of disciplines: marine and freshwater ecologists, artists, engineers, anthropologists, green chemists, environmental psychologists, designers, toxicologists, sociologists, endocrinologists, zoologists, geographers, environmental managers, development practitioners, biologists, economists, media and communications experts, and environmental activists to name a few.

The conference organisers envisage that contributions will cover a similarly broad range of plastic-related themes including, but not limited to, the following:

Aquatic ecologies
Policy and legislation
Food packaging and labelling
Zero waste and the circular economy
Green chemistry
Human and non-human health
E-waste plastics
Political ecologies
New materialism
Environmental activism
A new plastic economy
Waste engineering
Cultures of waste
Citizen science
Testing protocols

Nearly carbon-neutral conference format
Traditional academic conferences are responsible for a considerable amount of carbon emissions, as presenters fly from around the world to present in a single location. This also incurs significant financial costs, which often precludes researchers from developing countries and postgraduate students from attending. The Environmental Humanities Initiative at UC Santa Barbara estimated that running an online conference reduces the carbon footprint of a conference by 99%.

This conference will take place entirely online from 26 June-14 July, 2017.  Contributors will not have to travel anywhere andthere is no registration fee. Conference presentations will consist of material that can be submitted online as a video file. This could take the form of a webcam recording, an edited video, a PowerPoint or Prezi with recorded audio or another form of video.  Each presentation should be no more than 20 minutes long.  Simple, user-friendly instructions on creating and submitting presentations for the conference will be provided on acceptance of abstracts.

One of the key aims of this conference is to facilitate interdisciplinary networking opportunities that will provide further support and context to attendees’ current and future plastic-related research projects.  One way of facilitating these networks is by providing presenters and registered attendees with ample opportunities for Q&A following each panel.  The Environmental Humanities Initiative white paper showed that presenters and attendees at their carbon-neutral conference were provided with many more opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback than most traditional conferences.

Contributor profiles with research interests, expertise, and contact details will be made available to registered attendees.  The conference organisers hope that attendees will identify synergies across profiles and presentations and will contact individuals to determine the potential for research collaborations.

Abstract deadline and details
If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send a 250 word abstract with your name, e-mail address, and affiliation to PERC@massey.ac.nzby 20 February, 2017.

After the conference, some contributors will be invited to develop their presentations for publication in an edited volume.  Preference for publication in the edited volume will be given to papers presenting research collaborations between arts/social science researchers and fundamental/natural scientists.  We hope some of these research collaborations will emerge out of the conference.

Conference Organisers
Dr Trisia Farrelly & Dr Sy Taffel

October eNews

Report from WasteMINZ; a levy on plastic bags, and Seagull Centre set to expand.

Check it out here