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Rethink Waste Workshops and Activities 2021/22

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|Whakaarohia 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 minimise our impact on Te Tai Ao.

This programme will be updated as new workshops and activities are added – and any changes due to Covid 19 alert levels will be noted here as well.

All workshops are free for Nelson residents.

How to reduce waste at events

(Please note these workshops were postponed due to the lockdown, and new dates will be published shortly)

These workshops are intended for both commercial and community event organisers, and take a step by step approach to introducing waste minimisation at your event.  Lots of practical advice is on hand, along with excellent and user-friendly resources such as packaging guidelines, planning tools and guides to set up wash stations and manage reusables.

To see the Rethink Waste event waste minimisation resources go here:

How to Compost workshops

These popular one hour workshops are great for both for beginners and those wanting to trouble shoot their home compost set up. Tim’s Garden’s specialists provide fun and well informed insights into how to get the most from your compost bin. The workshop includes examples of composting techniques, explains some common errors and provides a host of handy tips.

  • Tuesday 7 September, 5-6 pm (postponed)
  • Saturday 16 October, 3-4 pm
  • Tuesday 9 November, 5-6 pm
  • Saturday 27 November, 3-4 pm
  • Tuesday 18 January, 5-6 pm
  • Saturday 19 February, Time TBC
  • Tuesday 8 March, 3-4 pm

Places are limited so to reserve your ticket go to

For our beginners guide to composting, worm farming and bokashi, and information on the retailer subsidy for compost bins, go here:

Rethink Waste composting and food waste hub at the Nelson Saturday Market

Monthly: dates to be confirmed

Rethink Waste will be part of a monthly information hub at the Saturday market on how to compost and get the most out of food waste, in partnership with Waste No More and Community Compost – both local champions in avoiding waste. Drop in form information, tips and demonstrations on how to compost, learn about options for sharing unwanted food, 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.

Repair Cafes

Repair cafes are community events which match people with broken household items with skilled volunteers or specialists who like fixing things.  There are a range of repair café events in our region – find more information here:

Second Hand Sunday

Join us every three months for Second Hand Sunday – it’s like a garage sale but with no money involved: