Minimising waste at work

More and more businesses are looking to be more sustainability and reduce waste, because they recognise that it reduces their impact on the environment, reduces operating costs, and helps their marketing and public image. 

We Can Reduce - Reuse - Recycle.This page has information to help businesses become more sustainable.

How the Council can help

Environmental management systems

Green Star buildings

Green Office

Construction and demolition waste

How the Council can help

The regional Waste Minimisation Officer is available to help you identify how your business could reduce waste and assist you in making changes and setting up a recycling system. For advice or to arrange a visit, please contact:

Barbara Hammonds

Waste Minimisation Officer

Taranaki Regional Council

Ph 0800 736 222

Email barbara.hammonds@trc.govt.nz

Case studies 

Read how Taranaki companies and organisations large and small have enjoyed positive outcomes for the environment and their business by taking waste minimisation seriously.

Devon Hotel (362 KB)
La Nuova (384 KB)
New Plymouth Civic Centre (NPDC) (381 KB)
Powerco (468 KB)
Puketapu Kindergarten (435 KB)
Puniho Pā (334 KB)
Topless dairy farm, Strathmore (479 KB)
WITT (462 KB)

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Environmental management systems

An Environmental management system (EMS) is a structured framework for managing an organisation's significant environmental impacts.  An EMS can:

  • Improve environmental performance.
  • Enhance compliance.
  • Prevent pollution and conserve resources.
  • Reduce/mitigate risks.
  • Attract new customers and markets (or at least retain access to customers and markets with EMS requirements).
  • Increase efficiency/reduce costs.
  • Enhance employee morale (including the possibility of enhanced recruitment of new employees).
  • Enhance image with public, regulators, lenders and investors.
  • Achieve/improve employee awareness of environmental issues and responsibilities.

There is an EMS for all different types and sizes of businesses so there will be a system that will work for you.  For assistance in making a decision, please contact the regional Waste Minimisation Officer:

Barbara Hammonds

Waste Minimisation Officer

Taranaki Regional Council

Ph 0800 736 222

Email barbara.hammonds@trc.govt.nz

Environmental management systems available in New Zealand include:

Envirostep (Telarc)

Enviro-Mark

ISO 14000

Instep Carbon Programme

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Green Star buildings

Are you building new or retrofitting and existing building?  Consider working towards a Green Star rating.

About Green Star (NZ Green Building Council)

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Green Office

This New Zealand-developed guide suggests simple steps you can take to "green" your office (hover over the different office locations in the building diagram):

Green Office

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Construction and demoltion waste

The REBRI (Resource Efficiency in the Building and Related Industries) website has information on ways to use materials, energy, time and money more efficiently.

Resource Efficiency in the Building and Related Industries (REBRI)

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