2014/2015/2016 Grant Recipients
Beyond the Bin are a training and education social enterprise working with events and their waste. The organisation began in 2015 with the help of a grant from Toi Toi Manawa which enabled them to develop their training workshops and set up their social enterprise.
Beyond the Bin’s mission is to normalise event waste minimisation practices through educational training and demonstration. They have now diverted over 70,000kgs of event waste from landfill, worked with over 150 event organises, 900 food vendors and more than 1000 volunteers. They run workshops with event organisers, volunteers, food vendors, bar staff (on glass separation), waste industry stakeholders and service providers, council staff and the general public.
Beyond the Bin has worked with New Zealands largest events such as the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek and WOMAD NZ. They have even demonstrated waste diversion to 99% success at Mt Maunganui’s Gourmet Night Markets where a crew of 40 volunteer waste educators help the public learn about recycling and composting and what waste goes where.
In 2017 they release their “Let’s Talk Rubbish” online education programme, with ten videos and supporting resources for event organisers. The videos will be accessible for free by event organisers from all over New Zealand, building a more successful approach to delivery methods at events and a better outcome for event waste diversion. Beyond the Bin works with local district councils to promote the videos and programme to the events community.
After a successful first two years delivering workshops and demonstrating best practice waste diversion, in years 3 & 4 Beyond the Bin looks to expand its online education programme and workshop offerings. The focus shifts to building capacity within the events industry to self-deliver solutions, recognising true success is when all events adopt waste minimisation as the “norm.” In 2017 Beyond the Bin developed a consulting arm, providing support to industry bodies, packaging companies and local government to inform policy and directional shifts as the industry booms – an exciting opportunity to be part of regulatory change.
Toi Toi Manawa's requirement for their grant recipients to work with mentors or advisors helped Beyond the Bin shape the future of their social enterprise with the help of experienced tech, financial, behaviour change, marketing and strategy advisors.