Rethink Waste Spring Programme 2020

Nā tō rourou, nā tōku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi
(With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive)

Rethink Waste is all about working together to avoid the creation of waste, or find ways to better use resources.  Between us all we have knowledge and skills to share and we can all do our bit to minimize our impact on Te Taiao.

This programme will be updated as new workshops and activities are added. Last updated 19 October 2020.

All workshops are free to attend for Nelson residents.

Workshop programme:

Zero Waste parenting with Kate Meads

Thu 5 Nov, 6.30/8.30pm – online (Zoom)

Join well-known educator Kate Meads for this popular workshop to become inspired and entertained about ways you can minimize waste in your home whilst babies are around.  This is a LIVE online seminar.  This workshop is free for Nelson and Tasman residents but booking is essential as spaces are limited:

Let’s get down to earth – composting for beginners

Tue 3 Nov 5.30/6.30pm, Sat 14 Nov 3/4pm, Thu 19 Nov 5.30/6.30pm and Sat 28 Nov 3/4pm - Tim’s Garden, 1.26 Gloucester Street, Nelson
Spaces limited. Workshop participants go in to a draw for a free compost bin! Book your tickets

Having issues with your compost at home? Want to learn how to build soil in your garden and reduce waste to landfill? Then come along to Tim’s Garden in November to learn how to get the most from your compost bin. We will have examples of composting techniques, explain some common errors, and tips on what you can do with your compost around the garden. A fun hour of tips and techniques along with troubleshoot and q&a’s.

Rethinking food waste - avoiding food trash and saving you cash

Fri 20 Nov 9.15/10.15 – Victory Community Centre
Entry is free but spaces are limited - to book your place email or call the Victory Community Centre on 03 546 8389

Sat 21 Nov 2.30/3.30pm – Activity Room, Elma Turner Library, Halifax Street
Entry is free but spaces are limited – book your space now

If food waste is a challenge for you, whether it’s the pressure of trying to decide what to buy for dinner tonight, or how to use left-over food to make tasty meals rather than it ending up in the trash, this is the workshop for you.

Gileen Caughey from Food-Sense will be sharing handy tips on meal planning, changing food buying and storing habits, and generally making managing food easier. You don’t need to be a top cook to get something out of this workshop – but you may end up saving extra money on food, as well as eating healthily and saving the planet’s resources for future generations.

Rethink food waste at the composting and food waste hub at the Nelson Market
Saturday 14 November onwards (ends late December)

Rethink Waste will be part of an information hub at the market on how to compost and get the most out of food waste, with Community Compost and Waste No More – both local champions in avoiding waste.  Drop in for information, tips and demonstrations on how to compost, learn about options for sharing unwanted food scraps, and pick up tips on avoiding food waste with Love Food Hate Waste NZ.  Whilst you’re there, fill in the Rethink Waste Survey and go in the draw to win a $50 prezzie card.

Rethink Waste with style!

Saturday 28 November – 10am/12pm - Activity Room, Elma Turner Library

Make your clothes last longer and look great with visible mending – join this workshop to learn some visible mending techniques and turn your clothes into long-lasting and fun items which you’ll enjoy wearing for years to come. 

Join Renee Clothier to learn stitches and techniques to add colour and life to your favourite clothes.  Renee will provide demonstrations and will guide you through planning your own visible mending project.  Bring a favourite item of clothing with you to work on, or else we will have materials on hand for you to practice with.

This event is free but spaces are limited – book your ticket at

What else is on in November…

Launch of Sharewaste in Nelson/Tasman region

So if home composting isn’t your thing, but you’d like something useful to happen with your food waste, one option is  The solution is simple – log in to find out who is interested in receiving food waste to compost.  And if you have composting capacity and would like other people’s food waste, you can log in too.  Check it out at 

Events provided by other organisations

It’s not just Council’s Rethink Waste programme working hard to support waste reduction in the community – there are many other people and organisations doing the same.  If you have a not-for-profit event or activity you’d like us to share, contact with the details.

Repair Café

The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum is running a Repair Café on 22 November from 1 to 3.30pm at Community Art Works – check out the information and

Our Zero Waste World Digital Summit

Our Zero Waste World Digital Summit runs from 4 to 8 November 2020 and is full of great online events, presentations and live panel discussions:

Waste-free For the holidays

Taupō District Council is offering a free webinar on how to reduce waste at Christmas – available to everyone across the country: 

Looking to reduce your waste this Christmas? Why not join us for our virtual workshop on Wednesday 25 November from 7pm - 8:30pm via Zoom.

We’ll share some great tips and ideas to help you celebrate the festive season in a waste-free way.

  • Learn why waste across New Zealand increases over the holiday period and understand what we can all do to reduce unnecessary waste.
  • Make DIY Christmas crackers your whanau will love.
  • Create amazing food gifts you can freeze or store.
  • Discover how you can use recyclable materials like fabric and cloth to wrap presents.
  • Make your own all-natural salt dough ornaments.

All registered attendees will receive an email with a link to join the workshop via Zoom.