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Case Study: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is an important milestone for the city as the first major piece of construction completed in the CBD.

Our team makes sure all the waste from events and exhibitions is recycled, reused or sustainably and safely disposed of.

With hard work and innovation – as well as a lot of COVID-19 resilience – our team secured a five-year contract for Te Pae’s waste and recycling services during 2020’s Level 4 lockdown.

Te Pae was built sustainably and has achieved ToitÅ« Enviromark Gold certification, so the team created a bespoke and sustainable waste and recycling suite of services to win the account.

When events are fully underway, Te Pae will be serviced 7 days a week with a sophisticated combination of collections that include general waste, cardboard, plastic, glass, mixed recycling and food waste.

Staff education is key to sustainable waste solutions succeeding, and so good use will be made of Waste Management’s recycling education videos [link to videos].

One challenge we faced was the location of the building as it is set in the busy central city with a small footprint for all services required on site.

During construction waste streams were sorted onsite to ensure as much material as possible could be recovered. A solution to take pressure off limited space was to have CPB Contractors (the developers) place their full cardboard, plastic wrap and polystyrene bins outside an access gate. This kept up with the constant flow of packaging and removed waste from the site daily.

With bins being emptied in the early hours of the morning, this meant less disruption to workers during the day. Drivers then took this packaging waste to our sorting facility for processing and recycling. This also meant that our trucks did not cause traffic delays for morning commuters as they travelled into the CBD for work.


Waste Management Team in Christchurch - Greg Slaughter (GM South Island), Keely Anderson (Business Development Manager), Steven Mason (Operations Manager), Andrew Shipley (Regional Sales Manager), with Te Pae's Jason Stewart (lime jacket) 

Te Pae includes a 1400 seat auditorium, 24 meeting rooms, 2800m² of exhibition space, has a total footprint of 28,000m² and will be staffed by 200 employees at peak times.

Waste Management has been working with CPB Contractors since 2013 and we are proud to have partnered with them again on this world class project.

“Waste Management have been a key partner in our successful delivery of Te Pae, Christchurch Convention & Exhibition Centre. Working collaboratively with us at every stage of the build process to provide a very efficient service.”

Adrian Doyle – Senior Project Manager, CPB Contractor

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