Under the new Health and Safety at Work Act (2015), event organisers are required to implement zero waste systems that comply with health and safety standards and practices. 

Key risks for staff / volunteers and the public when managing waste include:

  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals or biological agents
  • Accidents relating to the manual lifting of bins and bags
  • Cuts or abrasions from broken glass and other sharp objects
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Incidents relating to heavy machinery e.g. being hit during when a truck is picking up or moving bins)

Here’s where you can find more information:


In response to COVID-19, restrictions may apply to the size and type of event you can hold. You can find more information at covid19.govt.nz

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