Thank you to everyone who has sent in a nomination!

The WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence recognise the industry superstars who have been part of an amazing initiative or project over the past 12 months.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in a nomination! 

Our judges found their jobs very challenging this year - the innovation, creativity, and passion evidenced in all the nominations this year meant it was difficult for them to mark!

The Awards for Excellence ceremony will be held on 28 May as part of our Conference 2024.

Congratulations to the Helensville Recycling Centre who is a finalist in the category of  “Best resource recovery or Value recovery initiative” at the WasteMINZ awards for 2024! We are wishing you all the best of luck Treena and the team. Check out all the finalists at

Since opening nine years ago, Helensville Community Recycling Centre has become a vital hub in the Helensville community. The facility is the second of Auckland’s 13 Community Recycling Centres (collectively called the Resource Recovery Network) to open, providing full waste and recycling services for the township’s 3000 residents.

Manager Treena Gowthorpe

The facility is operated by Helensville Zero Waste, with Manager Treena Gowthorpe the driving force behind its success. She is a passionate zero waste advocate, ensuring that as much material as possible is recovered and put to its highest and best use - and that locals benefit from the revenue generated.

Fifteen paid positions have been created and an amazing 77% of material entering the site is being diverted from landfill into the circular economy.

Construction and demolition waste is a growing focus with an entire house being deconstructed on site in 2018 and plans underway to accept reusable material from Auckland flood/cyclone damaged houses for reuse to avoid it being sent to landfill.

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