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On this page: Waikato Regional Council supported initiatives, resources for industry, national initiatives, international initiatives

Why we need better environmental practices

Our natural environment provides products and services for our communities and businesses. Other countries have higher expectations of exporters to increase their environmental performance. We need to ensure our resources are managed correctly to provide for our future.

Reducing your workplace waste

If you’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste produced in your business or workplace, check out the below for more information, which includes handy guides available for download.

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What Waikato Regional Council is doing

Waikato Environmental Business Network (WEBN)

Waikato Regional Council supports the Environmental Business Network in the Waikato region. The network stimulates ideas and discussion between like-minded businesses to improve environmental performance and become more sustainable and profitable.

WEBN provides the following services:

  • low cost environmental audits
  • seminars
  • a clipping service
  • publishing of the Environmental Business Network newsletter
  • management of the Waikato Business and the Environment Awards.

Waikato Business and the Environment Awards

Waikato Regional Council is a major contributor to the Waikato Business and the Environment Awards. The purpose of the awards is to recognise businesses working with or for the community to achieve lasting environmental improvement. Entries are welcomed from small owner-operators through to large corporate organisations.

If you would like more information, or wish to obtain an entry form, please contact Fiona Caldwell or Julie Albertsen on 0800 00 WEBN or email


Cleaner production guides

We have six step-by-step self-help guides to help you use cleaner production methods in your business. Follow them in order.

Step 1: Planning and Organising
(26 kb, 3 seconds to download, 56k modem)

Step 2: Reviewing Data and Site
(32 kb, 4 seconds to download, 56k modem)

Step 3: Identifying Cleaner Production Options
(19 kb, 2 seconds to download, 56k modem)

Step 4: Evaluating the Options
(25 kb, 3 seconds to download, 56k modem)

Step 5: Choosing your Projects
(15 kb, 2 seconds to download, 56k modem)

Step 6: Implementing and Monitoring Initiatives
(23 kb, 3 seconds to download, 56k modem)

Meat and animal processing guidelines

Use this workbook for easy, step-by-step ways to make environmental improvements in your meat and animal processing business. Download the file below or email us for a printed copy.

Meat and animal processing industy - Environmental guidelines (June 1999) (193 kb)

National initiatives

Conscious Consumers
Conscious Consumers promotes and rewards environmentally and socially conscious business practices.  Consumers can use the Conscious Consumers website to find out where local "green" suppliers and cafes are, and can also learn tips and tricks about being a conscious consumer (such as information about what happens to takeaway cups when they are thrown away, and learning how to tell the difference between different free-range stickers on products.)

Zero Waste New Zealand
Zero Waste seek to redesign the way that resources and materials flow through society taking a 'whole system' approach. It is both an 'end of pipe' solution that maximises recycling and waste minimisation and a design principle which ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace.

Ministry for the Environment
The Ministry for the Environment reports on the state of the New Zealand environment and the way that environmental laws and policies work in practice. They provide advice to the Government on action necessary to improve environmental management.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (E.E.C.A) E.E.C.A. works to bring about voluntary changes of behaviour to implement Government strategies for energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy in both the private and public sectors.

Wellington City Council’s version of a waste exchange.

New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development (NZBCSD)
Big businesses who have an interest in balancing social, environmental and economic development.

Responsible Resource Recovery Limited
A New Zealand business delivering sustainable and commercially driven environmental waste solutions. Our consultants offer specialist advice on product stewardship, resource recovery systems, waste management and recycling, and e-waste recycling solutions.

International initiatives

Green Innovations
A non-profit environmental think-tank and environmental services organisation that aims to be a catalyst for the achievement of global and local sustainability.

Zero Waste America (ZWA)
An Internet-based information and advocacy resource for Zero Waste in the USA.

New South Wales Environment Protection Authority
The Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) philosophy is that pollution prevention is as important as control. In addition to its regulatory functions, the EPA is active in environmental education, environmental economics, environmental research and monitoring, and regular reporting on the state of the environment in New South Wales, Australia.

China-Canada Cooperation Project in Cleaner Production
The site focuses on general cleaner production activities in China, and is a source of links to relevant cleaner production, pollution prevention and ISO14000 web sites in Canada and internationally

United States Environmental Protection Agency
An extensive website that links into anything and everything you wanted to know about the environment in the USA.