Zero Waste Network – new name and rebrand

After a year of consultation and hard work, we are very proud to present our new name and branding. Thank you to all those of you who took part in the workshops and discussions about what we represent and what our members think is important. We heard that building connections and that the value of a network was too important to give up. On the other hand, recycling is just one of the things our members do, but a more common thread was that we all believe working towards a zero waste world is important and valuable work.

So, viola…we give you the Zero Waste Network.

We launched the first part of the rebrand at the hui earlier this month, next up is the website. At the moment our new web address redirects to the old CRN site, but this will change over the next month or so.

Our old email addresses are still working but all CRN staff have all got new email addresses that take the form

A big thanks to Raul Sarrot from Freshfish Studio who worked with us to make the new identity meaningful and beautiful. We hope you all like it. You can give me feedback on

Pay rate Survey

Knowing what to pay people is an important part of running a business. We asked a bunch of our members to tell us what different people earn and these have been collated into a quick survey document. It’s not a comprehensive survey (sometimes only one group responded), but a good first reference, so please use as such and not as a guide.


You can download the PDF here.

CRN Webinar Series

As a way to provide access to learning and networking to our members all around the country, we’ll be running frequent webinars from 2017 onward. The programme will be added to as topics are confirmed. Webinars are free and you don’t need to register beforehand.

Upcoming Webinars

15th November @ 12pm

How to write a press release – Sue Hoffart


The technical stuff

We’ll be using Zoom as the webinar platform, it’s free for people to join the session, and it’s relatively simple to use, you need to follow the session link on the day and you’ll automatically join the meeting. Zoom may need to be downloaded before you can join the meeting, so its a good idea to check it out before the webinar starts.

We won’t necessarily be using the webinar version of Zoom, just the normal version which is a lot like skype. This means we’ll be able to hear you (and see you if you want us to) so be prepared to mute yourself in order to make the experience a lot nicer for everyone. Wearing headphones can help with some sound issues and is advised.


More information

If you have any questions about the webinars, suggestions for the programme, or you’d be interested in presenting please email me, Dorte, on or phone 021 975 352.

Past Webinars

13th September @12pm:

Beautiful Plastic – Andy Crowe from Critical Design.

Critical Design are a social enterprise design lab looking at ways to make technology accessible to local communities. This session will be all about recycled plastics –  “Our current project looks at the ways in which we can rethink waste as a valuable material. We have taken waste recycled plastic and turned it into useful furniture. We would like to hear from people who are working in the recycling space on the ground. We are also looking for critique, pushbacks and challenges! Are we just some idealistic millennial’s from Auckland with a fancy idea or is there something here that resonates with the wider community?”

This session will be an opportunity to hear about the tools and processes they’ve developed, and their ideas for what might be possible in communities around New Zealand. Anyone interested in plastic recycling, upcycling and open sourced technology should join us. We’ll see a presentation from Andy and then have a chance to ask him questions and give him feedback to help them make their project even more awesome.

For more info on Critical, check out their website and

To access the webinar on the 13th use this link:









‘Been There, done that: the CRN Board answer your questions and share their experiences in resource recovery’

At the hui last year we floated the idea of a regular webinar and got ideas for potential topics from members. At lunchtime on the 24th May we’re launching on the programme and making the most of the combined expertise of the CRN Board with the Topic ‘Been there, done that’: The CRN Board answer your questions and share their experience in Resource Recovery. This is an opportunity for members to get advice, try out ideas on people who’ve had plenty of successes and a few failures, and hopefully get inspired by the collective wisdom of some of the best in the business.

We’ll be using Zoom as the webinar platform, it’s free for people to join the session, and it’s relatively simple to use, you need to follow the link below on the day and you’ll automatically join the meeting. It’s the first time we’ll be using the software for this purpose, I will hopefully be able to control noise and camera issues, but be prepared to make your face shown and use the mute button. Zoom may need to be downloaded before you can join the meeting, so its a good idea to check it out before the webinar starts.

Please let me know if you are intending on joining the webinar by emailing me, Dorte, on or 021 975 352. And let me know what questions you’d be interested in having answered too, the more we can prepare the Board, the better the session will be.

The meeting link is


Our Annual General Meeting will take place on at 5.30pm on Monday the 2nd October at Living Springs, Governor’s Bay in Christchurch. All members are invited to join us to hear about the year that was, and also to join us as we launch our new name and branding.


As part of that meeting we will be voting on members of our governing body, the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees is made up of up to 10 volunteer representatives of FULL members of CRN. We’re looking for up to six Board members, for a term of two years.

There’s more information about the trustee role here.

If you’re interested in being on the Board or know someone that you think would be great, you can nominate them, or yourself by emailing Dorte on

A WASTED OPPORTUNITY – new report promises paradigm shift

Press release – embargoed till 6am July 3


A WASTED OPPORTUNITY – new report promises paradigm shift


Major change is being mooted to the way New Zealanders pay for the waste they dump.

An independent report, released today, advocates a raft of changes to the government’s compulsory disposal waste levy in order to significantly slash waste and more than double recycling rates while creating 9000 new jobs.

“This plan they’re outlining is a game-changer,” Community Recycling Network chairman Marty Hoffart says of the proposals by report author Eunomia Research and Consulting.

“We’re creating 15.5 million tonnes of waste every year and dumping more than 70% in landfills. This report proposes a paradigm shift rather than tinkering around the edges of our mammoth waste problem.”

Mr Hoffart says New Zealand’s current waste levy of $10 per tonne is probably the lowest in the world and a fraction of what’s charged in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and the United States. It certainly fails to cover the economic and environmental costs of dealing with waste.

“They’ve called this report ‘A Wasted Opportunity’, and they’re right. If we ramped that levy up to where it should be, we’d reap massive economic benefits of something like $500 million per year and raise recycling rates from 28% to 60%.”

The report was commissioned by a group of 16 public and private sector organisations from throughout New Zealand, including Auckland Council and environmental sector representatives.

Mr Hoffart said the proposals made both economic and environmental sense.

“If we keep producing waste at our current rate, this country is in serious trouble. This report shows us what we have to do to reduce waste and improve recycling rates, so all we need now is political leadership to make it happen.”

For more information, please contact:

Marty Hoffart, Community Recycling Network chairman

027 277 0811,


The summary of A Wasted Opportunity can be read here:

A high-resolution infographic summarising the key findings can be downloaded here:


About the Waste Disposal Levy: The levy is $10 per tonne (excluding GST) on all waste sent to landfill. The levy was introduced under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. Disposal facility operators must pay the levy based on the weight of material disposed of at their facility. However, they may pass this cost on to the waste producer such as households and businesses.