About Us

Waste Management is New Zealand's leading resource recovery, recycling, and waste management provider, driven by a focus on safety, sustainability, service and innovation.

 

What we do

New Zealanders trust us to reliably provide a full range of collection, recycling, treatment and other modern sustainable waste management services.

We’re specialists in resource recovery, recycling and waste management. Waste is a valuable resource, which can be reused, redirected, or recycled back into the circular economy. From greenwaste into compost, milk bottles into wheelie bins, or old tyres into fuel, our focus is on finding a beneficial, sustainable re-use for waste.

We own and manage modern landfill and energy parks, where waste is carefully contained and 95% of landfill gas collected. We use it to generate electricity, which is then exported into the national grid. In doing so, Waste Management generates enough electricity to power more than 24,000 homes across New Zealand.

Our Values

The way we operate is a source of pride and passion for our people. Our values aren’t just high-brow statements on a wall, they guide how each of us behaves, day by day. They’re the sum of our shared experiences and ambition, and we live by them.

After all, it’s the shared vision of the entire Waste Management team that defines our company. Our collective positive attitude helps us meet the challenge of managing New Zealand’s waste every day.

Sustainability

We are committed to sustainability and laid out our vision for a sustainable future in the 2018 launch of our sustainability strategy For Future Generations. This was a first for the New Zealand waste industry. We followed up in 2019 by measuring the company’s greenhouse gas emissions through the ToitÅ« carbonreduce programme and creating a carbon footprint reduction plan.

Why is sustainability important to us?

Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge facing the world and we are very aware of the responsibility we have to provide responsible waste and recycling solutions to New Zealanders.

 

Some of the ways we are reducing our impact on climate change

Most of our greenhouse gas emissions come from the waste collected from communities and disposed at landfills. To counter this, we capture and convert 95% of landfill gas to electricity, powering the equivalent of 24,000 homes in 2020. Our Redvale Landfill & Energy Park, for example, is Auckland’s largest renewable energy generator. Without proper management in a modern, engineered landfill, decomposing waste would release greenhouse gas directly into the atmosphere.

We are also focusing on reducing diesel emissions. We were the first to introduce 100% plug-in electric trucks into a waste collection fleet in New Zealand and have opened a purpose-built facility to assemble more EV trucks in New Zealand.

We currently have 16 electric trucks in our fleet with more in the process of being converted. We will keep increasing this number and, with a total fleet of over 800, expect to make a significant emissions reduction impact. From the data we have collected, one electric truck saves about 125 litres of diesel per day. Across our fleet, it will be close to 100,000 litres of diesel saved every day.



We also have a light vehicle fleet of 100 electric cars and light vehicles.

In 2018 we opened New Zealand’s largest tyre recycling plant in Wiri, Auckland, where we can shred around three million, or 30,000 tonnes, of end-of-life tyres for converting into fuel – reducing emissions at plants previously burning greenhouse gas emission-intensive fuels such as coal.

How we stay accountable

We calculate our business-wide carbon footprint every month, split by division, and compare this year on year. This allows us an excellent measure of how we are tracking against our carbon reduction goals.

Every quarter we also publicly release progress updates on how we are tracking on the five projects identified in For Future Generations – Our Environment, Our Customers, Our People, Our Business, Our Communities.

We launched our first sustainability report in 2019, outlining our progress alongside our future five year goals. This will continue to be done annually. View our 2019 Sustainability Report.

Sustainability and our team

The efficiencies we are creating through our carbon emissions reduction plan have become engrained in Waste Management’s culture. The entire team is invested in the targets we have set.

In October 2020, we are encouraged our team of 1,700 across 70 locations to work out their own personal carbon footprint and assisted them to put in place reduction plans. We succeeded in having over 2% take part (the goal we set) and aim to improve this to 10% by 2025.

We calculate our business-wide carbon footprint every month, split by division, and compare this year on year. This allows us an excellent measure of how we are tracking against our carbon reduction goals.

This, alongside public accountability through quarterly reporting on For Future Generations progress and our annual sustainability report, ensures our focus on reducing our climate impact and, more broadly sustainability, will be central to Waste Management’s future.